Most people get excited with their top 2-3 picks in each draft and think the draft is pretty much over from there. However, championships are not won with your first couple of draft picks. Depth is vital in a league that is decimated with injuries each and every week. It is understandable to be excited if you drafted LeVeon Bell with your first-round pick. He is arguably the best RB in the best offense in the NFL. But, Bell has been injured both of the last 2 seasons with knee issues. If only you had focused on the middle to late rounds of your draft, you would not be scrambling for a replacement if Bell were to get injured again. Here are six Sleepers that are on the verge of breaking out.
Jameis Winston (QB) TBB – Winston’s rookie passing stats were eerily similar to Cam Newton in his rookie season. Winston finished with 4,042 pass yards and 22 pass TDs and 15 INTs (Newton’s stats from his rookie year: 4,051 yards 21 TDs and 17 INTs). Winston even chipped in with 213 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs in his rookie campaign. Winston has reported to camp in much better shape than last season. Winston seems to be a leader on the team and ready to take the next step forward.
Kevin White (WR) CHI – Coming off shin surgery in his rookie season, look for White to be a target monster with fellow WR Alshon Jeffery. White was taken with the 7th overall draft pick in the 2015 draft for a reason. He has great size (6’3’’ and 215 lbs.) which makes him a physical threat. He has drawn multiple comparisons to Andre Johnson in his prime. If White can stay healthy and get on the same page with QB Jay Cutler, he will end up with double digits TDs for the 2016 season.
Dion Lewis (RB) NEP – Normally I would not recommend any RBs from the Patriots since they are such a pass-happy team. However, Lewis is not only a shifty runner, but more importantly for the Patriots, he is a great receiver out of the backfield. Before going down with an ACL injury, Lewis was a top 10 fantasy RB option every week last season. If Lewis can stay healthy, he will easily be in line for 75+ receptions sprinkled in with 5-10 rushes per week in a prolific offense that gets Brady back in early Oct.
Coby Fleener (TE) NOS – Fleener just never seemed to fit into the Colts offensive scheme. Fleener is now with the New Orleans Saints, and QB Drew Brees, who loves to target TE’s. Last year, veteran TE Benjamin Watson hooked up with Brees for 74 receptions, 825 receiving yards and 6 TDs. Even though Fleener has never quite lived up to his potential, look for him to flourish in a Drew Brees led offense. Fleener’s numbers should outshine Watson’s from 2015.
DeVante Parker (WR) MIA – Parker finished the season last year on fire. Over the last 6 games of the season last year, Parker averaged 20.23 yards per catch. 445 of his 494 receiving yards came in that same span. Look for Miami to have a solid WR core with both Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker. With Landry being the Edelman-type of WR, and Parker being the homerun hitter – the only issue here is the QB in Miami. Tannehill lacks accuracy (especially) on the deep pass play.
Jacksonville Jaguars (DEF) JAX – The Jags improved on defense big time in the offseason. Six of the seven 2016 drafts picks were devoted to the Defense this year. JAX also signed stud defensive player Malik Jackson from the Denver Broncos and other valuable pieces such as Tashaun Gipson and Prince Amukamara. I look for a vast defensive improvement from the 2016 Jaguars defense.
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