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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Laurinaitis should receive extension from Rams

James Laurinaitis

The Saint Louis Rams have turned their attention to linebacker James Laurinaitis after signing Chris Long to an extension.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the team has begun talks with agent Tom Condon for the linebacker before he enters the final year of his deal.

“Tom mentioned that they’re talking, but I don’t follow that stuff,” Laurinaitis said. “I really try not to focus on that. I just go and play football and if anything happens, Tom will let me know.”

The Rams are clearly trying to identify the pieces new coach Jeff Fisher wants to build around, and use the big bump in cap space they’re expected to have in 2013.

But as importantly, it’s easier to sell a rebuilding program when good players with options such as Long and Laurinaitis decide to stay.

As Thomas points out, Long’s teams have gone 12-52 since his arrival. Laurinaitis has enjoyed a 10-38 record. Read more here…

Rams already having trouble with Janoris Jenkins

Janoris Jenkins

Janoris Jenkins, the talented but troubled cornerback selected by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the NFL draft, still hasn’t signed a contract. And a major hurdle will have to be cleared before he does.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, who previously reported that the Rams and Jenkins weren’t seeing eye to eye over Jenkins’ failure to hire a financial adviser whom the Rams thought he needed, now reports that there’s another issue between the Rams and Jenkins: The Rams have proposed splitting Jenkins’ $3 million signing bonus into four annual payments of $750,000. That way, if Jenkins’ off-field problems surface again, the Rams can cut ties with him and only be on the hook for the amount they’ve already paid.

Unsurprisingly, Jenkins’ agent Malik Shareef is not on board with that idea. Jenkins wants his whole signing bonus to be paid upfront, as is ordinarily the case with a signing bonus.

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