Fantasy Football is upon us again – and that means it’s time for you to assemble your list of football studs, get your best trash talk lines ready and prepare to begin another season.
The majority of fantasy leagues are won on draft day – where one can outsmart other owners by not overvaluing some players, while also drafting the right sleepers at the right time.
Take the following players that I consider to be the ten Fantasy Football Sleepers of 2010:
Fantasy Football: Top Ten Sleepers for 2010
Arian Foster (Houston Texans – RB)
The Texans have enough talent to move the ball and score points. Combine that with the fact that the running back position is very unsettled, what with Steve Slaton being fumble prone and Ben Tate being out of the year due to injury. Foster should be the man in Houston.
Malcolm Floyd (San Diego Chargers – WR)
When Chris Chambers was released, Floyd stepped in as the starter in San Diego last season – and with the suspension of top target Vincent Jackson, one should expect even more production from Floyd, especially in the opening month.
Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers – TE)
Finley is a big target that plays in a potent Green Bay offense that isn’t scared to spread the ball around. He finished last season strong, scoring 4 TD’s in the last 5 games – and should continue to improve into one of the more productive tight ends this year.
Derek Anderson (Arizona Cardinals – QB)
Anderson hasn’t been all that impressive in recent years, but with Matt Leinart continuing to struggle, it’s very possible that Anderson could win the starting job for a team that’s loaded with weapons to throw to. Translation: Potential for a low draft pick with high fantasy upside.
Devin Aromashodu (Chicago Bears – WR)
Last season, Aromashodu didn’t have a catch until Week 10, but then finished the year with 22 catches and 4 TD’s over the season’s final four weeks. Cutler is throwing to him more and more, plus with the addition of Martz, he seems like a breakout fantasy player in 2010.
Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears – QB)
Many fantasy owners will shy away from Cutler, who led the league in interceptions last season. Put it this way: It can’t get any worse, and adding Mike Martz to the staff should help give the offense a bit of a boost. Expect better numbers and a mid-round bargain in 2010.
Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh Steelers – WR)
Wallace – a deep threat for the Steelers in 2009 – mostly flew under the fantasy radar. With Santonio Holmes moving on, Wallace should see a significant boost in targets, yards, catches and touchdowns.
Bernard Berrian (Minnesota Vikings – WR)
Berrian has always been a deep threat – but his stat lines should only get better with not just Brett Favre returning in 2010, but also due to the fact that top target Sidney Rice is out for at least half of the 2010 season.
Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns – RB)
A few major fantasy sites actually Harrison ranked in the 30’s among fantasy running backs – hard to believe. Sure, the Browns love rookie Montario Hardesty, but he’s been battling injuries in the preseason – and oh yeah, Harrison had 30+ carries/game and 5 TD’s over the final three weeks – definitely a bargain.
Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals – QB)
Palmer is being ranked in the teens among fantasy quarterbacks – and with Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Cedric Benson and rookie Jermaine Gresham among the team’s offensive weapons, it’s hard to imagine Palmer not putting up solid numbers for where he’s being drafted.