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A "sleeper" is a players that a site or writer feels is undervalued, or likely to draft later than his projected draft position. The below is FSRU's top choices to produce higher than expected value, or offer the most upward potential.
Tate is the best backup Running Back in the NFL. I guess it is only appropriate that he would be the backup to the best Running Back in the NFL- Adrian Foster. While we like Tate to succeed at a high level at some point, it's not this year unless Foster gets hurt. As a starter he would have #1 Running Back value. Try to hide him with a late round pick just in case he gets an opportunity.
With Tebow joining the Jets both he and Mark Sanchez will take a fantasy football hit. Despite Tebows' current back up status, his running ability makes him the guy we see as holding big upside. He is a guy that will go last round in a bunch of leagues, we recommend you take him a round earlier than that and hope that he can find some starts. In keeper leagues, we think Tebow has a bona fide shot to push Sanchez to the bench, or out of town.
Cook is exceptionally big and fast for the Tight End position and got a chance to show it off toward the end of last season. In the 2011 season Cook caught 49 passes for 759 yards, but 21 of those catches for 335 yards came in the final three weeks. Look for him late.
Meachem was one of many targets in New Orleans and left with an unimpressive 4 year resume in which he never caught more than 45 passes in a single season. But San Diego signed him to an impressive 4 year, 25.9 Million dollar contract after winning the Meacham stakes against multiple other suitors. He goes into 2012 as the number one receiver and while he may not get the fantasy football community in a tizzy, he has Phillip Rivers throwing him the ball, and outside of Antonio Gates, he simply has few other receivers to compete for throws with in SD now that Vincent Jackson has bolted to Tampa Bay. Look for him in the middle rounds after all the stud wide receivers are off the board.
Freeman followed up a strong 2010 with a disappointing 2011. He goes into 2012 with an aweful defense that will keep his arm in a perennial throwing motion, and upgrades on the offensive line. But the best reason to see him as sleeper worthy, is the addition of WR Vincent Jackson to bookend with Mike Williams. FSRU allows two QB starts (as one can be activated in Utility) so he will likely go around 6th round, but if you are playing a single QB league he could go very late. Get him before he goes.
Young had an easy to forget 6 TD, 607 yard rookie season. 4 of those TD's occurred in the Lions final 4 games. Opposite Calvin Johnson, and with a full year under his belt, the speedy Young should see plenty of single coverage and get a lot more throws his way. Look for him in the late middle to late rounds.