2014 Fantasy Football Sleepers – Wide Receivers
Whether they had their production limited because of an injury or just a plain out junk season, there are a ton of receivers with a bunch of sleeper value. A few of the listed players we’re real early round draft picks in 2013 but with terrible season behind them, these guys look to bounce back but with some great value.
2014 Top Fantasy Football Sleepers – Wide Receivers
1. Victor Cruz (8) New York Giants : Not exactly a “sleeper” but being a huge bust in 2013, Cruz’s draft value has dropped quite a bit. The big downside was that Cruz went 10 straight games to end the season without finding the end zone. With his upside as Eli’s No.1 target and with the likely-hood of the Giants having the air the ball out quite a bit in 2014, Cruz has a ton of sleeper potential and upside to be one of the leagues biggest bounce back wide receivers.
2.Michael Crabtree (8) San Francisco 49ers : Crabtree is entering the final season of his rookie contract so we can expect big things. Crabtree and Kaepernick have a very solid connection. Back in 2012 when Colin Kaepernick took over the starting job from a concussed Alex Smith, Crabtree burst onto the scene, producing 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2012. Those are numbers he is working to get back to.
3. Kendall Wright (9) Tennessee Titans : Wright broke through the 1,000-yard mark and finished the season with 1,079 yards on 94 receptions but just two touchdowns. We really like the upside this youngster has. In 16 games in 2013, Wright produced 5-plus receptions in 12 along with 13 games with at least 50-plus yards. We want to see him get more involved inside the red zone to increase his touchdown production. He is a solid No.3 option with a ton of upside for better production then his draft position would say.
4. Golden Tate (9) Detroit Lions : Tate has posted modest stats the past two years, including 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, but this season he could go for 1,000 yards and at least seven touchdowns. Playing opposite Calvin Johnson should lead to plenty of single coverage, and Matthew Stafford won’t be inclined to hand off like Wilson did. We like Tate as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, and he’s worth drafting in Round 5.
5. Emmanuel Sanders (4) Denver Broncos : It’s not that Sanders has played with a bad quarterback for the past four seasons, but when a guy with good speed and quickness gets a chance to catch passes from Peyton Manning in the league’s most prolific offense, you pay attention. Sanders is expected to replace Eric Decker on the Broncos, opening the door for him to rake in the 135 targets Decker averaged in two years with Manning.