5 Fantasy Late Round Sleepers

Every year a couple of late round or undrafted guys explode for big years. Some examples of sleepers in last year’s draft are Terrelle Pryor, who went undrafted in most 10 player leagues. Michael Thomas was picked anywhere from the 10th-12th round last year. Jordan Howard was drafted anywhere from 14th to undrafted. All these guys are potential top three round picks this season. In this article, I will list five players who I think can be sneaky late round productive players in PPR leagues.

 

1. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
“A New York Jet receiver, that is nuts!” In fact, it is not. Although, the QB situation is abysmal in NY, Anderson has all the tools to have a solid year. With the departures of Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and the injury to Quincy Enunwa, that leaves Anderson as the number one receiver for the Jets. Anderson runs sharp routes and is a very strong deep threat. In only two preseason drives Anderson has recorded 71 yards and three receptions. Looking like McCown’s favorite target, Anderson will have a large roll.

Projected round: Undrafted

2. Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
After being drafted 14th overall in 2015 by the Dolphins, Parker has been a bit of a bust so far. Coming into this season 100% healthy, the Dolphins have high hopes in him. With Tannehill gone, Jay Cutler will now be the starter in Miami. In Cutler’s first preseason game, his favorite target was clearly Devante Parker. Parker was targeted four times in two drives. Cutler referred to Parker as a “faster Alshon”, who was Cutler’s favorite target in Chicago. The Dolphins have hyped up Parker a lot this offseason, and I expect him to have a stellar season.

Projected rounds: 10th-12th

3. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Being a rookie on a team with two veteran backs, it can be hard to make noise. Kamara has done just that, in his preseason debut he rushed four times for 35 yards. In his second game he continued his success, rushing for five carries and 61 yards with a touchdown, as well as 20 receiving yards. Kamara is clearly the best pass catching back on the Saints roster, and has also showed he can run the ball very well. After his two strong performances, he has solidified himself playing time. The question remains how much? Although, I do not expect him to get a ton of playing time early, he will get his opportunities. If an injury occurs to Ingram or Peterson he is poised to make some noise.

Projected rounds: 13th and later

4. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Golladay was drafted in the third round this year by the Lions, and expected to have a small role this season. After erupting for two touchdowns in his preseason debut, he was quickly given reps with the Lions first team. In the Lions second preseason game, Golladay was on the first team. Matt Stafford loves to spread the ball around and Golladay is simply another talented target. Golladay is a strong red zone target and will have a huge role in the Lions red zone offense. I expect Golladay to vastly improve throughout the season and be a strong receiving option for your team.

Projected round: 15th

5. Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
Second round pick Zay Jones is my favorite player on this list. Everything has worked out perfectly for him this offseason. Sammy Watkins was traded, and Anquan Boldin retired. This leaves Jones as the number one option in Buffalo. Tyrod Taylor will look for Jones both short and deep on the field. In his last preseason game Jones made three catches for 42 yards, while playing with Boldin on the field. Jones is extremely talented and should do very well with this opportunity. Expect a big season out of rookie Zay Jones.

Projected rounds: 7th-9th

That concludes my five sleepers! I hope these guys help your team win! Best of luck to everyone this season!

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Mitch Trubisky’s Status (Preseason Week 2)

 

There was multiple QB’s selected in the 2017 NFL draft, and I believe that many of them could potentially start at some point this season. Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina) was the first quarterback taken in the draft, coming in at no. 2 to the Chicago Bears.

Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears) 24/33 2 TD, AVG 6.8 YDS, 72.7% passing rate

My observation (the most you can make for two preseason games) is that Mitch Trubisky could start this season, despite HC John Fox’s insistence that he would sit the entire season for development purposes.

The QB situation in Chicago isn’t very healthy at this point with Mike Glennon struggling heavily so far with 1 touchdown in the past two games and 2 interceptions. Trubisky has been repeatedly outshining him in the limited playing time he has had with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

At the moment, Mark Sanchez is also on the roster, taking second string, for some reason currently unknown to everyone but the organization itself. Mark Sanchez has also barely played in the past two weeks with only 6 passing attempts.

I do admire the way the Bears are trying to slowly progress Trubisky, even if that means a mediocre season is inevitable with Mike Glennon under center. Despite Mike Glennon starting, the Bears’ staff realizes Trubisky’s franchise quarterback potential, and are willing to wait until they think he is truely ready to start. Whether that be the 1st game of the season or even next year.Trubisky is part of a 2017 NFL Draft class that has many potential QB starters in the NFL. There is only so much you can learn about these players in the preseason, and I believe we can judge them more clearly if they have the chance to start during the regular season this year. Trubisky can only get better, especially since he only started his senior year of his college career.

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Sources:  www.nfl.com/player/ , http://www.thetenyardline.com/2017/08/15/mitch-trubiskys-move-up-the-depth-chart-could-come-sooner-than-expected/ , http://www.quintoquartobr.com/nfl/gm-do-chicago-bears-mike-glennon-e-nosso-quarterback-titular/ , https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/9269/ , http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2017/08/watch-bears-rookie-qb-mitch-trubisky-throw-his-first-nfl-td-pass-2697610.html

 

Do the Atlanta Braves have a true shortstop

The Atlanta Braves have 3 middle infielders in Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, and Johan Camargo but do they have a true shortstop? Their are a few layers to this question and that is what I want to dive into.

The current shortstop for the Braves is Johan Camargo. Camargo has been off to a hot start in 182 at bats has hit .292. While this is a good thing I am not sure if the can maintain those numbers throughout his career moving forward. I also believe Camargo in the long run profiles as more of a .250 or .260 hitter with versatility and a nice option off the bench late in games. The Braves just trade Sean Rodriguez so this gives you even more of a reason to believe a utility role is in his future as a Brave. I believe the only way he plays everyday is if the Braves are happy with his defense at shortstop just like they were when Andrelton Simmons was here.

This brings us to Dansby Swanson who was the marketed shortstop of the future for the Braves. He is supposed to be the new face and shortstop for the next 12 years.  There is only one problem with this and it’s a big one. I don’t think he is a shortstop. Defensively he fits as a second baseman. Just by watching Camargo and Swanson at shortstop Camargo is the premier defender over Swanson yet they are pushing Swanson as their shortstop. You know this is the case just by watching the games. For example when it was late in the game and they made a defensive switch Swanson would come in as the shortstop and Camargo would move over to second base to take Brandon Phillips spot. Maybe they are playing Swanson at shortstop so they can keep his value higher should they decide to trade him. Truly though for proper player development their play on the field will naturally determine their long-term position.

Ozzie Albies is the wildcard in this whole situation. He had exclusively played shortstop in the minors until they acquired Swanson. John Coppolella has even said Albies can play shortstop. Why not let Albies play some shortstop and see if he can play it at the big league level. Maybe the Front Office thinks he can be a good shortstop but a Gold Glover at second base so you leave him at second.

The fundamental answer to the question is yes the Braves have a true shortstop between the three. I believe Camargo is a true shortstop. The Braves have options since they are out of the playoff hunt these last two months. Now is a great time to decide which player can play at each position. When Swanson comes back up the big leagues why not rotate all 3 at each of those positions and find your shortstop and second baseman at the highest level.

 

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Why the Atlanta Braves Lost at the Trading Deadline

 

I was surprised with the way the trading deadline took shape for the Atlanta Braves. I expected the Braves to make more than just one trade around the July 31st deadline. There is still time to make a deal during the August waiver period and they have a few candidates that would fit that option as well. The 4 names I would have loved the Braves to trade at the deadline were Brandon Phillips, Jim Johnson, Matt Adams, and Kurt Suzuki.

Lets start with the most obvious player to be traded in Brandon Phillips. He should have been traded for anything you could get for him. Weather that was a minor league single-a pitcher or a player to be name later there is no longer any need for him to be on the roster. He is having a good year batting .293 with 8hr and 38 RBI to go along with 9 SB. He is cheap, as the team would be on hook for only the remaining 1 million dollars left on his contract, since the Reds are paying the bulk of the contract. The Braves have plenty of options to handle the 2b and SS spots in Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Ozzie Albies who I believe they should call up. These 3 guys need to play at the big league level as the Braves continue to build for next year and beyond.

The next player I thought who would have had a real good shot a being trade was Jim Johnson. The way every team in contention is looking for pitching and middle relief help you would have to imagine Johnson was on his way out. I have to think that the reason he was not trade was because he is still under contract at a very affordable rate next year, his most recent struggles, and not enough return value coming back to the Braves.

The player I believe would bring back the most in return is Matt Adams. He has played great once he came over to the Braves. He has hit 15 HR drove in 42 and hit .283 in only 212 at bats. I now expect the Brave to try and trade him during to offseason since he has another year of arbitration. This way the Braves can move Freddie Freeman back over to 1st base. I also think they could get a bigger return in the offseason since they did not get exactly what they were looking for this trade deadline.

The final trade candidate is catcher Kurt Suzuki. He will be a free agent at the end of the year, would only cost a team the remaining $1.5 million on his contract, and has had a great year as the back up. He has hit .268 with 11hr and 31 RBI in only 143 at bats. I would not expect much in return as you would probably get a player in double-a or lower. In my opinion getting something for him is better than nothing.

As it stands right now only Jamie Garcia is the only former Braves that has been trade but it would not surprise me if during the wavier period Phillips and Suzuki get moved. If an injury occurs I know the Braves will be getting calls about those 2 players once they clear waivers.

 

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