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Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers 2014

Who is this year's Andre Ellington or Zac Stacy, bursting onto the scene out of the depths of fantasy irrelavence? The answer could win you your fantasy league in this season and beyond. When angling for deep sleepers in dynasty/keeper/deep leagues the most important thing to look for is talent.  You want a player who is talented enough that he can seize the first opportunity he gets and force himself into continued playing time where he can showcase his talent on the field.  We're looking for players with as high of ceilings as possible, but looking deep means that the risk of these players never even becoming relevant is real.  Many of these players might not even make their current roster or have injury or character concerns that have lead to their lowered ranking, but the talent is there if they can break through and most currently carry an undrafted ADP.

Super Deep Sleepers 2014:

Fantasy Football Sleepers and Undervalued Players 2014

Hitting on late round draft picks obviously makes a huge difference in a fantasy season.  Every year we see starter production from sleepers and even deep sleepers and 2013 was no stranger.  The Quarterback position saw Andy Dalton and Philip Rivers finish 3rd and 6th in standard leagues despite undrafted ADP.  Sleeper running backs included Knowshon Moreno (finished 5th), Ryan Mathews (12th), Zac Stacy (18th) and more.  At Wide Receiver we saw Josh Gordon come back from his suspension and finish 1st overall with Alshon Jeffery and Keenan Allen putting up huge production out of nowhere.  Tight End saw Julius Thomas go from late round ADP to finishing 3rd at TE with Jordan Cameron finishing 4th and Charles Clay finishing 7th.  The fantasy football gods will soon reveal the sleepers and undervalued players who can win you a fantasy championship in 2014, here is a preview of who we think they might be.  

Undervalued:

Fantasy Football Mock Draft

This preseason 2014 fantasy football snake mock draft will feature 12 teams, standard scoring league with 4 pts per passing TD.  Teams will start 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB/WR/TE), 1 K, 1 DST and will have 5 bench spots each.  

Round 1:

  1. LeSean McCoy
  2. Jamaal Charles
  3. Adrian Peterson
  4. Matt Forte
  5. Calvin Johnson
  6. Jimmy Graham
  7. Eddie Lacy
  8. Marshawn Lynch
  9. Demaryius Thomas
  10. AJ Green
  11. Dez Bryant
  12. Julio Jones

Round 2: 

  1. Brandon Marshall
  2. DeMarco Murray
  3. Arian Foster
  4. Peyton Manning
  5. Montee Ball
  6. Le'Veon Bell
  7. Jordy Nelson
  8. Giovanni Bernard
  9. Alshon Jeffery
  10. Randall Cobb
  11. Antonio Brown
  12. Aaron Rodgers

Round 3:

Fantasy Football Trends 2014

Fantasy Football has become increasingly popular in recent years, leading to both huge commercial success and the continued expansion of the fantasy game.  New ideas are brought to the table and adopted by the fantasy community each year, and 2014 is a year in which many trends are actually revolutionizing the fantasy game.  Fantasy Football trends often encompass popular strategies, scoring rules and draft approaches but recently developments such as the popularity breakout of daily gaming have truly expanded the fantasy landscape.

The Top 5 Fantasy Football Trends for 2014:

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy - 7 Factors For Fantasy Success

There are countless factors to consider when crafting a fantasy football draft strategy, but certain important factors bubble up to the top.  Breaking down 7 of the most important considerations and then examining the underlying sub factors that contribute can help owners ensure that they are examining players from all of the appropriate angles.  Careful consideration when ranking players can make or break a draft strategy and prevent owners from overlooking critical items on draft day.  Any seasoned fantasy owner has experienced the feeling of regret after realizing that an important factor was overlooked, so make sure that you have considered these factors when making those draft picks.

The 7 major factors in fantasy success can be defined as follows:

2014 Early Fantasy Football Rankings for ReDraft

Organized Team Activities have begun for the 2014 season and NFL teams are underway scouting and planning for the 2014 season.  Fantasy owners should also begin scouting and thinking about rankings and tiers for players for the upcoming fantasy season.  It's never too early to start ranking your players for fantasy football because taking a longer view of the draft process lends itself to certain advantages.  Owners who have been tweaking their draft rankigns for a longer period of time are going to be more in tune with risers and fallers in the fantasy community and also aware of lesser-known players who may be standing out in OTAs and early camp.  Considering rankings earlier on also allows owners to fully digest all of the different factors that go into ranking players, such as talent, situation, opportunity, position scarcity, strength of schedule, personality/work ethic and more.

Jon Singleton and Oscar Taveras Called Up

First Baseman Jon Singleton has been called up to the Houston Astros and will take over first base duties immediately.  Singleton figures to bat in a run producing lineup spot - most likely 3rd behind George Springer - and is a must add in all fantasy baseball formats if he is still available.  Singleton could be a savior for those who lost Prince Fielder or others just trying to fill a hole at 1B, but it could also take some time as it does with most prospects.  Owners should give Singleton until after the all-star break to show something, but if things go well Singleton could be a very productive fantasy asset.

Outfielder Oscer Taveras was also recently called up to join the Cardinals on June 1st.  Taveras will see immediate playing time with Matt Adams hitting the disabled list.  Taveras is also a good add in most formats but may not be in as good of a situation in terms of potential playing time.

Fantasy Baseball Prospect Watch - Jon Singleton Call Up Coming Soon

The first week of June is two weeks away and the top prospects in baseball should be coming up from the minor leagues.  Fantasy owners can occassionally find a legitimate boost from speculating on top prospects, but pitchers have a higher success rate for fantasy contributions than offensive players.

2014 Dynasty Rookie Rankings For Fantasy Football

The 2014 draft is finished and we now know the destination of nearly all of the drafted players and undrafted free agents.  2014 is a very deep class at the WR position so there will be values to be had later on in drafts, especially in PPR leagues.  In Dynasty leagues, we are looking for players who are going to make a large impact for several years which means we want to draft top talent players and hope that circumstances allow them to live up to their talent.  You don't want to waste a rookie draft pick on a player you don't think has a high enough ceiling to eventually be a fantasy stud.  Trading rookie picks during the draft season and especially during the draft is the time to get the most value for them, so don't hesitate to trade a rookie pick if you think the player you are getting back in the deal has the most upside.  All rankings are PPR.

2014 NFL Draft Quarterback Wonderlic Scores Released

Quarterback Wonderlic scores for almost all of the 2014 class of QB prospects have finally leaked.  Official Wonderlic scores are considered private by NFL rule so please consider the following scores to be unofficial.  The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal is the source of these scores.  Jeff Matthews scored the highest with a 40 while Johnny Manziel lead the way amongst the QBs considered for the 1st round of the draft.  Jimmy Garoppolo was previously reported to have scored a 24 but that has been updated to a 29.

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