Oh Dear, More Fantasy Sleepers
Derek Carr: This kid has some major upside to him. The Raiders haven't had a franchise quarterback like this since the days of Rich Gannon almost 15 years ago. Twenty-one touchdowns compared to only 12 interceptions as a rookie on the Raiders is remarkable. Give Carr a number one receiver like Amari Cooper and add on a talent like Michael Crabtree and this kid may throw 28 to 30 touchdowns this year.
Eli Manning: Eli is known for having bounce-back seasons after posting horrendous regular seasons the prior year. After his rookie campaign, Manning upped his touchdown total to 24. Furthermore, after finishing out of the playoffs in 2009, Eli ended the very next season with 31 touchdowns. After a 30-touchdown season without both starting wide receivers, I anticipate Manning will throw upwards of 40 TDs this year.
Ameer Abdullah: Abdullah burst onto the scene this past weekend after Todd Bowles compared him to Barry Sanders. I don't expect this kid to rush for 2000 yards or make the Hall of Fame, but he is going to be a game-breaking speed back for the Lions like Reggie Bush was a few years ago, and will be a universally used weapon by Detroit.
Shane Vereen: Another New York Giant has made his way onto this list. When you consider that Eli Manning is likely going to have a strong year behind two great wide receivers, it is easy to forget about the new back, even for the defense, which could allow Vereen to slip past the opposition. I predict he will have a number of long touchdown runs this year.
Joseph Randle: Here's the reality of the situation in Dallas: I don't expect McFadden to make it through the entire season healthy. Once McFadden goes down, Joseph Randle will step in and fill the running back role. Randle can have 800+ yards this year as well as a bunch of touchdowns for the Dallas rushing attack.
Davante Adams: The playoffs were the place for Adams to shine last year. Now that he has a year under his belt, he is going to have to step up in a big way for the Packers as their third receiver. With Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, you can be certain he will have some on-the-money touchdown passes to catch.
DeVante Parker: Ryan Tannehill has been steadily improving his game ever since he entered the league in 2012 and he may even be the third-best quarterback from that draft behind Luck and Wilson. With the loss of Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace, Parker will have the opportunity to step up in a big way like Kelvin Benjamin did last season.
John Brown: The second-year receiver has big-game speed and was able to make some fantastic plays for the Cardinals last year, even without Carson Palmer. Fitzgerald is getting up there in age and Floyd has been dealing with injuries the last few years. A full season under his belt will allow this kid to emerge as a legitimate fantasy threat.
Josh Huff: The Eagles have been proving that good receivers are dispensable in their offense. DeSean Jackson has been gone for two years, and now Jeremy Maclin has left too. With kick returning duties as well, I fully anticipate Huff to take on a much bigger offensive role, leading to great fantasy production.
Eddie Royal: Eddie Royal is going to be the lone veteran receiver in a depleted Bears wide receiving core; Brandon Marshall was traded to the Jets and Kevin White will miss significant time due to injury. Royal is going to get a lot of passes thrown his way since Alshon Jeffery will be getting double covered for most of the season. Royal is a truly deep sleeper.
Ladarius Green: Last year was not an impressive season for Green, but today is a new day. Green is going to fill the starting tight end role while Gates is gone, which is going to give him a lot of room to grow as a player. The start of the season will see the emergence of Green as one of the better tight end options in fantasy football today.
Richard Rodgers: Richard Rodgers put up impressive rookie numbers, so look for him to capitalize in his second year. He only saw 30 targets last year because he was splitting time with Andrew Quarless. With Rodgers now starting, I expect him to get upwards of 60 targets this year, and will likely score five or more touchdowns.
Dolphins: The defensive line on this team is going to be absolutely amazing, and they are the third-best line in their own division. Suh and Wake will be like Jared Allen when he played in Minnesota with the Williams brothers. Miami is also returning with most of their secondary intact, so they will be able to force some turnovers, especially against Jet and Bills quarterbacks.
Cowboys: Dallas was good enough to make the playoffs last season, and this year I expect the Dallas defense to actually be a good unit. Greg Hardy, Byron Jones and Randy Gregory are all just a few young players that will bring a new face to this defense. Dallas' defense will be worth a fantasy pick, if you ask me.