Ryan’s 5 2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers
By Guest Writer Ryan Gerrity:
1. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Bradshaw was just acquired through free agency by signing a $1.1 million deal with a nice signing bonus. Last year Bradshaw played for the New York Giants and ran for over 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns while missing four games due to injury. The most important part fantasy owners should see is the ability Bradshaw has to catch the ball out of the backfield. For the PPR (Point Per Reception) leagues he could be a real nice #2 back. Especially since he wants to prove the Giants wrong for letting him go and not signing him during this past off season.
2. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
Even though Hunter is a rookie, and is already at best the #3 receiver behind Wright and Washington, Justin Hunter has the ability and potential to take time away from both of those receivers. In college Hunter was a big body who also had the ability to run the deep routes. He is not afraid to catch the ball in the middle of the field, or beat a corner in man to man coverage as a deep threat. Hunter has the talent to make an immediate impact on fantasy football.
3. Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Heyward-Bey was a first round draft pick just a couple of years ago. Now he is getting a second chance at being that first round worth wide receiver. Instead of being a number 1 in Oakland, he will now be a number 2 receiver for Andrew Luck. Heyward-Bey could have a breakout fantasy year with the long deep ball threat that Luck can throw. Look for Heyward-Bey to have a couple of 40+ yard touchdown catches this upcoming year by using his speed.
4. Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
With the hopeful reemergence of Chris Johnson in the running game, Nate Washington and Justin Hunter in the deep threat game, the play action pass game is still open. This area of the field is an area where Jake Locker feels very comfortable throwing the ball with touch. Delanie Walker was a pivotal piece of the 49ers offense last year, and was Kaepernick’s safety blanket all during the playoffs. Look for Walker to have the same roll in Locker’s eyes this upcoming season.
5. Lestar Jean, WR, Houston Texans
Lestar Jean is a name that you probably did not hear a lot of last year, and that is because he was the 5th WR on the Texans Roster. With the loss of 3 of their top 5 recievers from last year, the Texans are looking for a solid #3 wide receiver for their roster. The Texans selected Deandre Hopkins in the first round of this draft to be the #2 behind Andre Johnson. Look for Lestar to make some noise in the preseason games this year to become a bigger part of the offense.