Okay, you live in a world where some say the sleeper is dead. And in a way? It is. Everybody knows the first wave of sleepers. And you best be paying attention for the second. Kurt Warner and Steve Slaton didn't appear in any sort of magazines, now did they?
That's where I come in. I will give you six names and one situation to look for. Dragger Deep sleepers. These are guys to slam onto the ol' waiver watch list.
Oakland is a mess with pass-catching. DHB has a hamstring issue. Javon Walker has a suck issue. Johnnie Lee Higgins has two routes on the tree. Now Zach Miller is awesome. But who gets the other targets? Schillens. He developed some rapport with Russell when he saw the field in this final two games. He's got a shot to be Russell's #1 receiver this year.
I know what you're saying. The Cincinnati police department have a mad on for Chris Henry (and that will lead to a suspension). I say to that fie. Fantasy football doesn't have a chemistry score. And when you consider that Palmer has shown a real trust for Chris Henry along the goal line, a league that leans toward scoring may make Henry great value as a late round sleeper.
He killed it in camp as a rookie before injuries slowed him up. He has remarkable physical gifts and has to beat out Brandon Jones to see the field. Sure, the quarterback situation is awful, but if someone can get the ball out to the receivers, he's going to get a solid amount of targets. And he will be the deep threat, so to speak.
He's the new Bobby Engram. He has good solid receiver skills with hands of glue. He's going to make the team as a 4th receiver. However? If the opportunity strikes (and with Deion Branch and Nate Burleson's ability to stay healthy, it's more likely than not). He can develop a lot of trust with the quarterback.
You've seen his skills, and you may not remember them. One of his touchdowns last seasons was puncuated by the Conan O'Brien string dance. This year? He's the Texans third receiver. Alone, it might not be worth much. When Matt Schaub goes down with his inevitable ligament tear? It may not be worth much. But if Kevin Walter or Andre Johnson go down? David Anderson has a chance to be a hero.
I know what you're saying. This guy is going to be the next Marcus Colston? And I say to you, no. But he could roll up on Tampa and take the #2 job. He has a Greg Jennings skill set. Great hands, more quick than fast, a little bit more of a home run threat than what you would expect. And look at who he has to beat. Michael Clayton? Maurice Stovall? Please. That's simply bollocks. Double-S is going to start at some point this season.
The Packers #3
Yeah, they aren't going to throw the ball to such lengths as they had last year, so the three isn't draftable on it's own. But even if Donald Driver is the Packers answer to Rod Smith, injuries are that much worse, lost steps count for more. You can see him disappear right quick. And the Packers have the best 1-5 at wideout in the NFL. The winner of the James Jones/Jordy Nelson battle becomes a must watch scenario.
I'll level with you. There's more receivers that you can consider a pick-up if the right opportunites to come around. I may have a second part to the motive, means, opportunity sleepers post.