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2010 FANTASY FOOTBALL SLEEPER PICKS by Nathan McGuire
Well the free agency period has cleared up and the draft is over so it must be time to get rolling with predictions for the 2010 fantasy football season. This year there are a lot of guys that could be considered sleepers, and I hope you consider reaching out to some of the below as they should pay dividends.
Matt Moore/Jimmy Clausen: QB's: Carolina Panthers
Whoever starts for the Panthers would actually be a good fantasy option next year. Clausen looked good in college while Moore looked good in limited playing time last year. The Panthers play in a division with two rebuilding pass defenses, and it does not hurt to have one of the best receivers in the game in Steve Smith. Whoever starts for the Panthers is middle end number two QB for the upcoming season.
Devin Aromashodu: WR: Chicago Bears
Despite having some very good games down the stretch, Aromashodu has not realized his full potential. With Devin Hester underachieving and really no other receiving threat, you should see it this year as Aromashodu becomes Jay Cutler’s favorite target. While Cutler does throw a lot of INT's, he also throws a lot of yards and TD’s. It also doesn’t hurt that Aromashodu plays in a division that has rebuilding pass defenses.
Beanie Wells: RB: Arizona Cardinals
I think last year, people recognized what he could do and how he contributed to the Cardinals running game, but this year he should reach his full potential. Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston (when healthy) are one of the better one-two wide receiver combos in the NFL. They should continue to open up holes for Wells to run through. When healthy, this guy is a number two fantasy running back.
Steve Breaston: WR: Arizona Cardinals
This guy was injured and inconsistent last year, but when healthy, this guy is a beast. Larry Fitzgerald should take defenders eyes off Breaston, and defenses in general will focus more on the run game with Lienart at QB. If Lienart can get the ball to him, and he stays healthy, he is a number two fantasy WR.
San Francisco 49er’s Defense
The 49er’s might have had one of the best drafts this year out of any team. With Patrick Willis, they had one of the best run defenses and they did a lot to improve their pass defense including adding Taylor Mays. Seattle’s offense is questionable at best, and the Rams offense is not impressive so the 49er’s defense could actually be used as a low-end number one option.
Detroit Lions Defense
The Lions actually had one of the better drafts defensively. They got Suh and some other guys to improve their defense for the future, and through free agency, they got Kyle Vanden Bosch. Although the NFC North features some tough offenses, they also feature one of the worst lines in Green Bay and another subpar line in Chicago. The Lions defense will not be a starting option yet, but for the first time in a long time, they actually make a low-end number two option.
Dez Bryant: WR: Dallas Cowboys
Bryant was picked by the Cowboys instead of being picked by who everyone thought he was going to get picked by. He should have a good career in Dallas though. Miles Austin and Jason Witten should create a lot of holes for him to get open and Tony Romo is one of the best statistical QB’s in the NFL. Bryant is a number three receiving option in fantasy.
Malcolm Floyd: WR: San Diego Chargers
Last year, after Chris Chambers was traded to the Chiefs, Floyd became Rivers third-favorite target. He did pretty well too. Now, with defenders focus being on Jackson and Gates, it opens up holes for Floyd to get open in a pass-happy offense. Floyd is a number three receiving option, and might actually get to be better than that depending on how much the Chargers decide to pass instead of run the ball.
Mike Wallace: WR: Pittsburgh Steelers
With Santonio Holmes out of there, Wallace suddenly becomes one of Big Ben/Domenik Dixon’s favorite targets. With Dixon it may be even better as he liked to throw to Holmes last year and Wallace is his replacement. He is a deep threat and for the most part, a number three receiving option depending on the match-up.
Matthew Stafford: QB: Detroit Lions
Now that Stafford has a year under his belt, it is time for him to get grinding. He has a great wide-out in Calvin Johnson, a solid one in Nate Burleson, and a lot of potential with Brandon Pettigrew at TE. Also, Stafford plays in a division with two rebuilding pass defenses and one okay one. Stafford is a middle to low end #2 QB heading into next season.
Well, those are some sleepers for you fantasy owners out there to consider. I probably did not get all the sleepers so if have any suggestions just comment. Most of these sleepers are still only number two, number three options though, so do not draft them to early!