We always write about the obvious and semi-obvious studs in fantasy football, but sometimes it’s useful to call out a couple deep, deep sleeper names, and I’m talking so deep that we don’t even recommend you draft two out of the three of these players – Yet, at least.
Let’s kick this all off with the one player that is worth rostering now in almost all medium- to large-size leagues…
Kendall Hunter (RB-SF)
Kendall Hunter is quietly in a great situation. I say quietly because no one is drafting this kid high (11th- to 12th-round ADP) despite the fact that he is sitting behind Frank Gore, who has bad ankles, feet, knees and a previous hip injury. Could Gore pull off one more mediocre-to-strong fantasy campaign? Sure, this article isn’t loaded with absolute “bank on it” advice, it’s a sleeper write-up. Hunter is a talented back, and while I like LaMichael James a lot as well, Hunter appears to be positioned to get a grip of starts in 2012! I have a couple leagues where I own both Hunter and James and do not own Gore — To be safe I have both back-up rushers, but in that league, I have roster spots to burn. I love the strategy, though, as I feel extremely confident that I have a sleeper flex-option in waiting.
T.J. Yates (QB-HOU)
No, this isn’t a typo; T.J. Yates is a player to monitor this season. Don’t grab him yet, even I am not scooping him up in medium size leagues just yet, but he is on my radar and I expect him to start at some point this year. The Texans don’t look interested in Matt Schaub as the long-term option anymore, and as soon as Yates fills in for the oft-injured Schaub, watch out!
Dwayne Harris (WR-DAL)
I can’t promise that Dwayne Harris will ever get the chance that he deserves, but let me put it this way… I’ve been analyzing fantasy football players for going on eight years now, and Harris has elite upside. I could tell that off of one quarter of play — it’s what I do. If he gets a chance, and again I cannot guarantee that he will, I think he will even outperform my expectations. In larger leagues, or even medium size leagues where you have players that are drop worthy, scoop this kid up just in case! There are few rookie receivers that ever impress me like Harris did this past weekend, when he pulled in 118 yards and two touchdowns against St. Louis. It’s the Rams, I know, but the stats are not what I’m basing this off of… they helped, sure, but the impressive part about Harris this past weekend was his skill set, explosiveness, speed, route running… he is the entire package and a Victor Cruz-like prospect if all goes well for him.