2012 Fantasy Football: The All-Sleeper Team

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We all know who the studs are and what they bring to the table. What we don’t know is who those players are that will be late-round draft picks and will put our fantasy football teams over the top. Sleeper picks aren’t always correct, but when you get 1 or 2 right you give yourself a serious advantage over your competition.

Quarterback – Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams (24 ADP)

The story here is health and protection. It sounds like a health class curriculum, but the Rams need to protect Bradford and keep him healthy if they want to even sniff the playoffs. Bradford now has Steve Smith, formerly of the Eagles and Giants, as a possession weapon and Danny Amendola is looking great in preseason.

Players with higher ADP to avoid: Tim Tebow, Josh Freeman, Robert Griffin III

Running Backs – Jacquizz Rodgers – Atlanta Falcons (55 ADP)

Michael Turner is going to remain the starting running back as long as he is healthy, so don’t expect Rodgers to take over in that regard. However, look for Jacquizz to get nearly all of the third-down looks and be in on a large percent of the passing down situations. Michael Turner isn’t a weapon out of the backfield, by any stretch, and while Jason Snelling may take some PT away from Rodgers, I suspect the former Oregon St. running back will have a much better year than his ADP would lead you to believe.

Players with higher ADP to avoid: Felix Jones, Shane Vereen, Brandon Jacobs

Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts (37 ADP)

I was looking for running backs with an ADP for their position of at least 40, but the fact that Brown is currently being drafted at 37 among running backs is a joke. In 2011 Brown recorded nine or more fantasy points five times in 12 games; I believe that number will double this year, granted he stays healthy.

Players with higher ADP to avoid: Mark Ingram, Jonathan Stewart, Ben Tate

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Fantasy Football 2012: Favorite late round sleeper picks

Carson Palmer

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Often times, fantasy football leagues are won at the end of the draft, rather than the beginning. Anyone can pick the most popular guys, but it’s the guys that not everyone are talking about that can help you win your league. Here are a few guys that I’m targeting in the late round of my fantasy football draft. All theses guys are currently going in the 13th round or later in fantasy football drafts, but could pay big dividends for owners.

(Note: ADP Data from FantasyPros.com)

Carson Palmer (ADP: 127.1)

After sitting on his couch all of last offseason contemplating retirement, it naturally took Palmer a while to get back into a grove and he finally started to find that groove in the final half of last season. He has two burners out wide in Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey and Darren McFadden in the backfield. The defense is putrid so you figure they will be in a lot of shootouts. 4,000 yards and 28TDs isn’t of reach for Palmer. Heis currently going as a low-end QB2, but has the upside to reach low-end QB1 status.

Jacquizz Rodgers (ADP: 138.7)

Rodgers is easy to get excited about. He’s an electrifying player that has that look that any time he touches the ball he might take it to the endzone. He also has a great situation in Atlanta. Michael Turner is on the decline and if you’ve read any reports or watched the Falcons in the preseason, you know they are switching to a more vertical, passing based offense, that the lighting fast Rodgers is perfectly suited for. He gets an extra bump if your in a PPR leagueRead more…