Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers

The guys really worth taking a flyer on late in your draft.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Here it is. Yet another cliché fantasy football article. But I can't help myself. Who doesn't love targeting that 18th round pick that moves on to fantasy glory, scoring 10 touchdowns and racking up more yards than you can words to brag about your selection for a hundred years to come?

Too wordy? You get my drift.

Let's take a look at some of the players that have big-time potential but are going super late in drafts.

Kendall Wright, WR (Ten) – ADP #151
If Kenny Britt isn't able to perform — and juggling in front of Roger Goodell doesn't count — Wright could end up being the go-to guy in Nash-vegas. The rookie has started both pre-season games for the Titans and will most likely lineup alongside Nate Washington at wideout.

Kendall Hunter, RB (SF) – ADP #167
Another Kendall, this one is part of the crowded backfield in SanFran that consists of Frank Gore, LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs. However, Gore is always bound to get hurt, while James and Jacobs have been battling some small injuries this pre-season themselves. Hunter has the youth and experience to put up good numbers, numbers that could turn great if Gore gets sidelined this year. On an extra note, Gore had the least amount of broken tackles among starting running backs last year, so it might not even take an injury to get him pushed to the side.

Danny Amendola, WR (STL) – ADP #151
Amendola was impressing everyone and figured to be Sam Bradford's favorite receiver before he suffered a season-ending injury at the beginning of last season. This year, both Amendola and Bradford appear to be ready for comebacks and have both been relying on one another this preseason. Amendola led the Rams with a team high 58 receiving yards on three catches and an eight-yard TD reception against K.C. last Saturday.

Davone Bess, WR (Mia) – ADP #185
Of course his success will much depend on whether or not Ryan Tannheill is ready to lead an NFL team, but just think about the possibilities that are open now that Brandon Marshall is out of town. Marshall had over 1,200 yards receiving last year. Who is catching those passes now?

Randall Cobb, WR (GB) – ADP #138
The sexy sleeper everyone is raving about. This kid was born in the 90's, which makes you wonder if he's asking, 'Brett who?' Supposedly he has great hands and is crazy fast. If Aaron Rodgers can continue to be the best quarterback alive and one of his top targets gets sidelined, expect Cobb to step up.

Evan Royster, RB (Was) – ADP #138
It's a Mike Shanahan offense, which means there could be a different leading rusher week-in and week-out. But reports from all the beat writers point to Royster being the Skins' favorite running back out of training camp.

Brandon LaFell, WR (Car) – ADP #158
The third year stud out of LSU has all the talent to be a No. 1 WR. We'll have to see if Cam Newton can get him the ball. There might not be enough touches to go around with a crowded backfield to go along with a healthy Steve Smith, but crazier things have happened.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB (Pit) – ADP #203
The hate might have gone too far for this guy. Sure, the Pittsburgh running situation is an absolute mess, but someone has to run the ball. From what it sounds like, no one is impressed with Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenall isn't returning any time soon.

Tony Moeaki, TE (KC) – ADP #192
This tight end put up good numbers with horrific quarterback play last season. If Jamaal Charles plays healthy it should open up the passing game more. Name one quarterback that doesn't like to go to a safety valve that is a 6-foot-3, 250 pound tight end?

Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuth or subscribe at

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