The National Football League is cranking up and will be in full swing in just a few weeks. All the fantasy football league team owners will draft their teams at the end of this month.
Here are my top three “sleepers,” plus a few more, at each position:
1. Seattle Seahawks — The Seahawks used eight of 10 draft choices this year on defensive players. The injection of youth should help bolster a strong unit that went largely unnoticed last season — despite posting solid numbers across the board.
2. Detroit Lions.
3. Chicago Bears.
Deeper Sleepers — Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals.
1. Dan Bailey, Dallas — He finished with 32 field goals while making a high percentage of his attempts, as the Oklahoma State product missed only five field goals all season besides hitting all 39 extra points. Playing his home games indoors at Cowboys Stadium is a plus, as is working with a potent offense.
2. Alex Henry, Philadelphia.
3. Connor Barth (Tampa Bay).
Deep Sleepers — Matt Prater (Denver) and Dan Carpenter (Miami).
Rookie Surprise — Blair Walsh (Minnesota).
1. Fred Davis, Washington — Based on talent and potential, he is a legitimate No. 1 tight end, with plenty of upside. He could easily lead the Redskins in receptions.
2. Brent Celek, Philadelphia.
3. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit.
Deep Sleepers — Jared Cook (Tennessee) and Jacob Tamme (Denver).
Rookie Surprise — Coby Fleener (Indianapolis).
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh — He was one of the breakout performers in 2011. He finished with 69 catches for 1,109 yards, but had only two touchdowns. He is explosive, and is locked in as the No. 2 receiver for the Steelers.
2. Jeremy Macklin, Philadelphia.
3. Ed Decker, Denver.
Deep Sleepers — Pierre Garcon (Washington) and Brandon Lloyd (New England).
Rookie Surprise — Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville) — another former OSU Cowboy.
1. Benjarvis Green-Ellis, Cincinnati — He is a solid ball carriere who scored 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons, and will be the Bengals' starting running back — and could be in the top 15 among National Football League rushers this upcoming season.
2. Reggie Bush, Miami.
3. Trent Richardson, Cleveland.
Deep Sleepers — Peyton Hills (Kansas City) and Michael Bush (Chicago).
Rookie Surprise — David Wilson (N.Y. Giants).
1. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati — He had an impressive rookie season, and has formed a great bond with wideout A.J. Green and former Oklahoma Sooner and Ardmore Tiger Jermaine Gresham, who will be at tight end. Look for Dalton to continue to improve making him a solid No. 2 QB for your fantasy team.
2. Carson Palmer, Oakland.
3. Alex Smith, San Francisco.
Deep Sleepers — Matt Flynn (Seattle) and Jake Locker (Tennessee).
Rookie Suprise — Former OSU QB Brandon Weeden (Cleveland).
All these players I've listed are players who will likely be flying under the radar who some fantasy team owners might want to look at after all the elite players have been drafted — and could put up a lot of points for their teams. Good luck, and I hope that you dominate your respective fantasy league.
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