Super Sleeper: A high risk/potential player who is mostly unknown by many fantasy football players. These players have lots of upside and could surprise with their fantasy output.
We have classified the following players as super sleepers for 2012. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.
|Donnie Avery has the chance to surprise as the Colts' replacement for Pierre Garcon. Avery has the talent to be a good fantasy wide receiver, but he was unable to stay healthy in 2011; with the Colts offense likely to struggle in 2012, his prospects to be a major fantasy asset are not good. If Andrew Luck can develop quicker than expected (and Avery can stay hea... Read More|
|The Vikings selected their 2nd Arkansas WR when they nabbed Childs with a 4th round pick in April's draft. He has ideal size (6'3, 220), but injury concerns caused a draft day slide. Childs suffered a knee injury in October 2010 and never fully recovered during his senior 2011 season (only 21 catches for 240 yards). He led the Razorbacks in nearly every receiving c... Read More|
|Frequently working out of the slot for Virginia Tech, Coale's 60 receptions helped move the chains for the Hokies. The Cowboys are looking for that type of route-runner, which makes the fifth-round selection a sneaky candidate for the third-receiver role if recovery from broken foot heals as expected. However, that designation in this offense comes with limited fan... Read More|
|Slowed by a hernia injury, Doss went catchless in five games during his rookie season, but don't ignore his receiver gifts. The Ravens' fourth-round pick in 2011, Doss brings 6-foot-2 size and 4.55 speed to the offense, not to mention solid hands. Could have a tough time getting on the field following Jacoby Jones' signing unless he surges during training camp and ... Read More|
|Michael Floyd||WR||ARI||25||R||WR - #12|
|Arizona selected Michael Floyd with the 13th pick overall in the NFL Draft to add a much needed complement to Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. With his solid size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), the Notre Dame product should step into the starting lineup immediately and will have an impact as a rookie this season. Floyd is worthy of a selection in the middle-to-lat... Read More|
|Chris Givens||WR||STL||25||R||WR - #65|
|Like Brian Quick, Givens seems to have landed in the right situation for immediate production. He's a vertical threat who ran better than a 4.4 forty time at the combine. Consistent over-the-top speed is something the Rams have been lacking, though they'd be happy just to have receivers give them multiple starts. Youth and health work strongly in Givens' favor.... Read More|
|Succeeding in Cleveland as a wide receiver is no small feat. Supplemental draft pick Josh Gordon has a legitimate shot to break that barrier and be a contributor as a rookie. This 6'3", 225-pounder from Baylor University has already ascended to the No. 3 spot on the Browns' depth chart. He currently is placed behind Greg Little and Mohammed Massaquoi but Cleve... Read More|
|Despite going undrafted out of Florida Atlantic, despite missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, Jean continues to generate interest this offseason. The 6-foot-3 target with quality hands and straight-line speed is certainly in the mix for the Texans WR3 spot. That might be saying more about the state of Houston's receiving corps beyond Andre Johnson, bu... Read More|
|With DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin manning the start receiver spots and veteran Jason Avant the primary backup, there is not much room for a sleeper candidate to emerge. However, with Riley Cooper's collarbone injury, the door opened just a crack for the speedy McNutt. The sixth-round pick went for 2,861 yards during his days at Iowa and at 6-foot-3 has the size... Read More|
|The first selection on day two of this year's draft, Brian Quick might fly under the fantasy radar. Though other NFL teams overlooked him, the Rams felt Quick gave them first-round value and may be ready to hand him starter's minutes immediately. His size will make him an attractive target for Sam Bradford.... Read More|
|Eddie Royal||WR||CHI||28||4||WR - #99|
|Eddie Royal is a receiver who I think can do great things on the field. After a few solid seasons, he has changed teams and has not been that productive. I think Royal could resurge this season under the right circumstances. Royal has good hands and can run routes. We will have to see how he fits into the schemes and watch to see if Roscoe Parrish competes with him... Read More|
|Emmanuel Sanders||WR||DEN||28||2||WR - #15|
|Sanders has battled injuries during his first two NFL seasons, but remains a solid sleeper coming into 2012. He's missed 8 games due to leg/foot injuries and has just 50 catches during the past two seasons. For leagues that reward punt/kick return yardage, Sanders will have elevated value as he's penciled in as the primary kick/punt returner for the Steelers and wi... Read More|
|Mohamed Sanu||WR||CIN||25||R||WR - #61|
|Rookie Mohamed Sanu will have a chance to start opposite A.J. Green this season. Sanu is a possession receiver who could be the perfect compliment across from Green. The rookie's playing time this season will greatly depend on how quickly he can adapt to the NFL game, and whether he can beat out Jordan Shipley and fellow rookie Marvin Jones for targets. Sanu has... Read More|
|Golden Tate||WR||DET||26||2||WR - #27|
|He finished strong last season filling in for Sidney Rice and flashed tremendous playmaking potential. Tate could land anywhere between WR1 and WR5 on Seattle's early season depth chart (though the team will find a way to keep him involved). He is an explosive playmaker who just needs to find his groove.
Update (8/8): Word from NFL.com that... Read More
|The 2nd year WR from USC (3rd round pick in 2010) saw an increase in playing time after Kenny Britt's season ended in week 3. His production was inconsistent at best as Williams finished the 2011 season with 45 catches for 582 yards (40 YPG) and five TDs. Following the selection of Kendall Wright, the Titans' passing offense is getting crowded. Williams, Washington... Read More|