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September 4, 2009 1:06 PM

The Top Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

A few weeks ago I wrote an article on who would be the top WR this year in the league.  The article was basically between Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald and who would I rather have on my fantasy team.  Well one of the comments left by a reader asked me besides the obvious top ranked WRs who else should he be thinking of drafting.  I thought about it for a while and here is what I came up with.......

Every year the NFL has them.  Guys come out of absolutely nowhere to make huge impacts on your fantasy team.  Last year the top WR sleeper award went to Eddie Royal, as he literally busted out of nowhere to grab 91 balls for 980 yards and 5 TDs.  Not too shabby for a rookie who went undrafted in basically every fantasy league last year.

This year I feel there are 3 gems that while they may not go undrafted and they do have better name recognition then Royal did last year, they are still not looked upon as top WR options.

1.       Devon Hester- The speed, the agility, the playmaking ability, it's all there for this guy.  The one thing he has been missing is a QB.  Well he has certainly found that in Jay Cutler, and if we learned anything from his time in Denver, Cutler loves to throw it down the field.  This will result in tons of huge of plays for Hester and he will be amongst the league leaders in yards and TDs when all is said and done.

2.       Vincent Jackson- It may be kind of hard to say he is a sleeper.  As the fantasy world began drafting in late July/early August, Jackson was a consensus 6-7th round pick.  Comparable to the likes of a Bernard Berian or Desean Jackson.  Both good players, but if you are banking on those guys carrying your team, you got a long year coming.  The fantasy world has woken up, with the most recent drafts V.J. is being selected usually by mid to late 4th round.   The reason is that he has become Phillip River's go to guy.  It's no longer Gates, every big play down the field the Chargers have had all preseason has been to Vincent Jackson.   He definitely has the ability to carry your team as a true No. 1 WR.  All these reasons are why he will end up being a top 5 to 10 WR by the year's end.

3.       Chris Henry- "The next Randy Moss" as Carson Palmer put it.  This guy has all the tools to be a pro bowl WR as long as he is staying out of trouble and staying on the field.  You have to believe with the departure of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, this will open the door for Henry.  Even with the addition of Coles, Palmer will definitely look to Henry before him as there is already an established relationship between the two.

Let me know if you guys have any other suggestions?

 

Eric Feld of Sports Mumbo Jumbo

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