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Fantasy Football: Deep Sleepers To Target

Whether you know it or not there are still viable fantasy options on the waiver wire in 12 plus team leagues. Let’s examine which guys can help you from week to week that are probably available on the waiver wire in your league.


QB: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

There has been a ton of hype surrounding Tyrod Taylor since there was a whisper he could land the starting quarterback job for the Bills this season. Now that this rumor has come to fruition. It’s all aboard the Taylor hype train. Taylor has a good arm and is an explosive runner. He is worth a look as a backup quarterback because of his ridiculous skill set. He may eventually rise to be a QB1 if he can utilize his legs and arm to their full potential.

QB: Andy Dalton, Cincinatti Bengals

Andy Dalton was a nightmare last season in fantasy. One week he even scored negative points. However, his production, or lack thereof, last year was not completely his fault. Many of his top weapons such as AJ Green, Marvin Jones, and Gio Bernard were unhealthy for stretches of if not all of the 2014 season. Dalton was a top-10 fantasy QB when all of them were healthy two years ago. He is not a bad add for a quarterback needy team.

RB: Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Denard Robinson displayed explosive potential last season. He scored double digit fantasy points nearly every week once he was named the start last season. This year, however, he is not going to be the workhorse back as the Jags brought in TJ Yeldon. It has been rumored that Yeldon would become the Jags workhorse back but a finger injury has put a stymie on his chances for such as role. Although Yeldon is the favorite for goal line carries, the Jags may want to ease him in in the beginning of the season giving Robinson some early value as a FLEX and quality reserve in case Yeldon aggravates his injury.

RB: Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams

Not many people realize this but Benny Cunningham may very well be the workhorse back for the Rams in week 1. Todd Gurley will most likely not see action until at least week 5 or 6, which would mean Tre Mason would be the feature back in his stead right? However, Mason is currently dealing with a hamstring injury. If the injury were to hold out Mason from week 1, Cunningham would be the clear cut number 1 back. He is worth keeping tabs on as a potential FLEX for week 1 and possible a back to hold onto in case Gurley’s recovery continues to progress slowly.

WR: Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears

Wilson is another player whose fantasy stock will be greatly boosted by injuries. Kevin White will potentially miss this entire season, Alshon Jeffery is ailing, and so is Eddie Royal. Therefore, Wilson is the healthiest of the bunch. Although Royal is likely to suit up week 1, he is a slot receiver. Meaning that Wilson and Jeffery (if he also plays week 1) will be the starting receiving duo on the outside. Jay Cutler is by no means an elite quarterback, but the Bears throw it a ton. Meaning Wilson should see lots of looks which bode well for his fantasy stock.

WR: Rueben Randle, New York Giants

Not many people realize this but Rueben Randle is a number 2 option in a top 10 offense. That’s right, you heard me. The Giants last season were a top 10 offense in the first year of their new system. Entering year 2, the players are more familiar and comfortable with the system which does not bode well for opposing defenses. The Giants threw it the fourth most times last year and Randle actually had a solid season in which he accumulated around 950 receiving yards. The big thing last year for Randle was his inability to catch red zone targets (he only caught 17% last season). But, he should bounce back this year as he is in a contract season and actually caught six touchdowns the year before last. He is quality fantasy reserve with low-end WR2 upside.

TE: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph is a solid end zone target for the Vikings. He is a top receiving option for second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and has the potential to catch a ton of touchdowns. He is a quality TE2 with TE1 upside.

TE: Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers

Ladarius Green is probably best known simply as Antonio Gates’s back up. But, Gates is out for the first four games of this year due to a suspension, opening a huge window  of opportunity for the young Green to make an impression. There are many who believe in the next man up theory and if Green can embrace it, his potential is sky high at least for the first four weeks. He is worth a look as a potential TE2 or low end TE1 for the first four weeks of this season.

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