Everyone is always looking for that one guy who falls through the cracks. That one person that is unnoticed. That one athlete who is undervalued. These players can be the difference between a good fantasy football team and a championship team. Below are three of my fantasy football sleepers for the 2013 season.
1. He is 6'2'', 220 pounds and ran a 4.42 at the NFL combine.
Cordarrelle Patterson was drafted 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings after playing one year of major college football at Tennessee. He has the raw talent; however, his skill are unrefined. Despite his lack of experience and "polish," Patterson is one of my fantasy football sleepers for the 2013 season.
As I wrote in Christian Ponder and Vikings Prediction, Patterson has the attributes that you cannot teach: size and speed. A player can always learn to run better routes, but he must be born with the height and speed. With his physical ability, he will pose as a difficult match-up for defensive backs. Furthermore, he will have Greg Jennings, a veteran receiver, as a mentor.
He is the 70th ranked receiver (214th overall) on ESPN will likely be available for you to draft in the last round. Ultimately, as a last round pick, he would come with minimal risk and a high reward.
2. This next guy is 6'5" and 237 pounds. As a quarterback, he ran a 4.65 40 yard dash at the combine.
With his size and speed, E.J. Manuel could be the next Cam Newton. Manuel was the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft at 16th overall by the Bills. Manuel has been impressive in his first two preseason games, going 10-12 for 92 yards and a touchdown pass in Friday's win against the Vikings.
Many people have criticized the Bills for drafting Manuel so early. However, he has outperformed Kevin Kolb thus far, and his fantasy potential is very high. I think it is worth drafting him as a backup quarterback, because he is a dynamic player and could end up being your starter. Right now, he is the 32nd rated fantasy quarterback, so he should be available for you to take in the later rounds.
3. Martellus Bennett is 6'6" and 265 pounds and possesses 4.68. Needless to say, he is a physical specimen. He was targeted 90 times last season with the Giants, despite playing with an injured knee throughout the season. He was acquired by the Bears and could be in for a breakout season (assuming the Bears have a better offensive line).
It is worth drafting Bennett as a backup tight end and seeing what happens this season. Currently, he is the 13th ranked tight end on ESPN
All three of these guys have two things in common: they are big and fast for their position. They have the physical features that give them the potential to be a dominant force in the league. Consequently, they are my fantasy sleepers.
Check out 2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers for a list of my other sleepers for the 2013 Fantasy Football Season.