Here is my sleeper team that should have good fantasy seasons that may be overlooked in the draft. I am assuming your league uses all FBS teams. If your league doesn’t, some of these guys aren’t necessarily sleepers.
I know there are tons of players that could have made this list but these are the ones that I like. If you have a player that you think should be on this list, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
Update 7/6:Removed Evans and replaced him with Dominique Williams. As I was creating this list, I had every intention of putting Williams on it, and didn’t realize that I had left him off until I looked at my notes. Also, the more I thought about it, Evans is a sleeper in the way that he isn’t a WR1. But he would be a great WR2 and he is UCLA’s top target for sure, so this is why I took him off the list.
Update 7/10:added Brandon Mitchell.
Update 7/27: added Deon Long and Jameill Showers
Update 8/28: added Josh Schaffer
QB: Taysom Hill, BYU– If not for injury in 2012, Hill could have been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks. He is a dual-threat quarterback that can do some extreme damage with his legs. He only appeared in six games last season but only started in two of those games. He still accumulated 425 yards passing to go along with four touchdowns. He also added 336 yards on the ground with another four touchdowns. This guy is a great athlete for the Cougars and can be a great sleeper pick later on in the draft.
QB: Jameill Showers, UTEP– Projected to be Texas A&M’s starting quarterback in 2012, Showers eventually lost the job to the eventual Heisman Trophy winner. I can’t say that I blame the Aggies for naming Manziel the starter but Showers has a lot of talent that UTEP is taking full advantage of. Since he has graduated from Texas A&M already, Showers will be able to play immediately. Of course, he won’t have the weapons like he would have had in College Station, but the guy is a good quarterback nonetheless and is worth watching.
QB: David Fales, San Jose State– A guy that quietly (if it’s possible) threw for 4,100 yards and 33 touchdowns last season. I could see him putting up these numbers yet again in 2013. He has two talented receivers in Noel Grigsby and Chandler Jones. He is making the move to the Mountain West Conference this season but there shouldn’t be much change in his performance. He is not a dual-threat quarterback but he does throw for a lot of yards. If your league allows two starting QBs, then this guy is a great QB2.
QB: Brandon Mitchell, North Carolina State– A former dual threat quarterback at Arkansas that transferred to NC State this summer. He is not a sure thing just yet to win the starting job yet, but if he does, watch out. This 6-4, 235 quarterback could light up the ACC in the Wolfpack’s spread offense.
RB: Joe Hill, Utah State– This one may be a bit of a stretch as a sleeper but he was not in my top 10. This guy could be the next Robert Turbin or Kerwynn Williams in the Utah State offense. If he can put up numbers anywhere close to those of the aforementioned guys, then he is a back worth having on your team. You may be able to pick him up in the fourth or fifth round as a RB2. I can’t imagine him having a poor year for the Aggies. I might even take the gamble and let some of those top guys go if I know I can pick this guy up later on. He only had 50 total touches in 2012, but he racked up a total of 426 yards and eight touchdowns. This is guy that could break out and be a star for your team in 2013.
RB: Matt Jones, Florida– This guy is a beast physically. The 6-2, 225 lb back has the combination of size and speed. Now that Mike Gillislee is gone, look for Jones to break the 1,000 yard mark. Jones shouldn’t be used as your RB1, but if he is your RB2 or even your flex, he could be a good play.
RB: Glasco Martin, Baylor– I know what you’re thinking, Martin isn’t a sleeper. Here is why he is on my list. Martin will not be ranked high in anyone’s rankings and he will still get an ample amount of touches especially around the goal line. Sure, Seastrunk should be the lead back but expect Martin to put up enough points to be a solid RB2 or flex play each week.
WR: Brandon Carter, TCU– With the return of Casey Pachall at quarterback, Carter could be in line for a great season. There are many options at TCU but I believe Carter is the one to have. He could be a solid WR2 or a great WR3 in your league. Look for Carter to replace former TCU star wideout Josh Boyce.
WR: Deon Long, Maryland– A former New Mexico receiver with tons of potential. As a redshirt freshman in 2011 he caught 47 passes for 809 yards. Due to off the field trouble, Long transferred to Iowa Western Community College where he was a star, catching 100 passes for 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns. Now he is at Maryland under the same offensive coordinator he had at New Mexico. If this guy can stay on the field, he could be a very nice complement to Stefon Diggs.
WR: Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma– This a guy is an absolute stud. He is a former Fresno State Bulldog that transferred to the Sooners before last season. He was ruled eligble to play about midway through the season and hauled in 46 receptions for 658 yards in just six games. He was also behind Kenny Stills and Justin Brown on the depth chart. Even though the Sooners don’t have Landry Jones at quarterback, Blake Bell is a great athlete. He is known more for his legs than he is for his arm though. I would have to think that he is working on the passing game this off season knowing that he is the starting quarterback. Look for him to find comfort in throwing to Saunders in 2013.
WR: Dominique Williams, Washington State– This guy could potentially be a great fantasy receiver. A product of Mike Leach’s air-raid offense, Williams should see an increase on his 34 catches last season. Marquess Wilson was the #1 option in Pullman last season but Williams has the talent to take over in 2013. Look for him to almost double his numbers from 2012.
WR: Josh Schaffer, Western Michigan- This is a player that was in line for an average season behind star WR Jaime Wilson. As many of you know, Wilson has since broken his ankle and someone must step up and fill the void. Not saying Schaffer will produce the way Wilson was expected to but you would think his 43 catches and 570 yards from 2012 would have to increase.
TE: Holden Huff, Boise State- Tight ends are hard to find and Boise has a pretty good one in Huff. In quarterback Joe Southwick’s second season as the starter, he will be spreading the ball around more this season. Huff should benefit from Southwick’s experience. He only caught 17 passes last season but the Broncos love to use their tight ends in the red zone. Look for Huff to increase his catches and to catch quite a few touchdowns.
DEF: Louisville– Charlie Strong has 10 starters returning to a Sugar Bowl winning defense from 2012. Playing in the new AAC conference this season, Louiville does not face a very good offense all season long and should be motivated to go on a national title run. Look for this experienced, Charlie Strong coached defense to be a very good choice if you can’t get Alabama.