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Michael Floyd is one of our 2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers
"I've been teaching my boy Floyd everything I know." (Icon SMI)

Fantasy Football Sleepers

Key fantasy football sleepers in your 2013 draft


Fantasy football sleepers that develop into primetime players can give your team a huge advantage over your opponents. Needless to say, selecting players later in your draft that yield early pick production can make for a long season for your league mates.

Some of the Docs' past fantasy football sleepers include:

2012: RB C.J. Spiller & RB Stevan Ridley
2011: WR Jordy Nelson
2010: WR Hakeem Nicks & WR Mike Wallace
2009: WR Miles Austin
2008: RB Steve Slaton & WR Calvin Johnson
2007: WR Braylon Edwards
2006: RB Frank Gore
2005: RB LaMont Jordan

These are not your run-of-the-mill fantasy football sleepers on everyone's radar for their respective draft year. These fantasy football sleepers proved to be major superstars that could be had very late in fantasy drafts of their respective draft year and brought home fantasy championships for many folks. Drafting sleepers of this high caliber later in your draft makes a huge, substantial impact on the odds of you winning your league championship. Consequently, it is no secret that many championship teams can point to some "surprise" fantasy football sleepers during their draft that were real difference makers for their team. With that in mind, the Docs have crunched the numbers and uncovered numerical trends that increase the odds of picking successful 2013 fantasy football sleepers during your draft. A list of those players along with detailed commentary providing insight regarding why these players are considered fantasy football sleepers is provided below. Enough with the talk, let's get to our 2013 fantasy football sleepers:

Click the link below to check out the Docs' 2013 busts:
Fantasy Football Busts

For more information on what is meant by a "fantasy football sleepers" or "Average Draft Position", click here (or read the information located at the bottom of this article).

  Player Type: SLEEPER Team Position
  Joseph Randle DAL RB

Randle was only a 5th round selection in this year's NFL Draft, so he isn't an elite RB talent that will threaten to steal the job away from Demarco Murray without some help. The reason Randle is exciting is that Murray played in 13 games his rookie season, and he followed that up by only playing in 10 games in his sophomore campaign. Now that Felix Jones has been sent packing from Dallas, the injury bug that follows Murray around presents fantasy owners with an interesting option. If Murray misses time, Randle will be unchallenged by Phillip Tanner's 68.5 rushing yards per season average and Lance Dunbar's 75 yards from 2012. Randle will be basically given the keys to the Cowboys' rushing attack. If the Cowboys are going to be successful, they will need to rush the ball effectively. During Tony Romo's tenure in Dallas, the Cowboys have been most successful when the run game is producing. In Romo's first 4 seasons, the team ranked 15th in rushing yards and 13th in rushing TDs in the NFL. In Romo's last 3 seasons, the team has ranked 22nd in rushing yards and 26th in rushing TDs. Those last 3 seasons include no winning seasons while the first 4 seasons all sported winning records. Randle was a very productive back at Oklahoma State University. Only Barry Sanders ranks ahead of Randle on the OSU all-time record for most rushing TDs in a season. In his final two NCAA seasons, Randle averaged 20 TDs, 1316 rushing yards, and 245 yards receiving. The Cowboys' offense uses the RB out of the backfield, and Randle can fill that role nicely based on his collegiate production. Randle's ADP in the early preseason is only 50th among RBs. This would mean that every team in a 10 team league would have 4 or more RBs before Randle comes off the board. This represents great value for a fantasy owner whether they own Murray or not. Randle could be the type of late round selection that boosts your team at just the right point during the season. While we aren't talking about Larry Johnson replacing Priest Holmes, Randle could be a weekly fantasy starter for several weeks in 2013.

  Player Type: SLEEPER Team Position
  Michael Floyd ARI WR

It's hard to not get excited about a player like Floyd. At 6'3" / 225 lbs, he's a monster that poses all sorts of match-up issues for defenders. Coming out of high school, Floyd was a 5 star recruit that could pick any team he wanted to join. The luck of the Irish kicked in, and Notre Dame won the Michael Floyd sweepstakes. As a freshman, Floyd was a force, and set school freshman records for receptions, TDs, and receiving yards. By the time he left Notre Dame, Floyd left as their most highly decorated receiver, owning school records in receptions (271), receiving yards, (3,689), career 100-yard games (16), and receiving TDs (37). With WR alumi like Tim Brown and Rocket Ismail, Notre Dame's football history runs deep at all positions, which makes Floyd's accomplishments that much more impressive. It should come as no surprise Arizona took Floyd with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. It was deja vu for the Cardinals, who also used a high draft pick on 6 time Pro-Bowl WR Larry Fitzgerald. Floyd is made from the same mold as Fitzgerald as both WRs are 6'3" / 225 lbs and have similar skill attributes. The great thing about having Fitzgerald as a teammate is that not only can Floyd learn from him, but he can also benefit from the double teams that will go Fitzgerald's way. Floyd in one-on-one coverage is something that should be avoided by opposing defenses, unless of course you have a 6 time Pro-Bowl receiver lining up on the other side of the field. In his rookie season, Floyd was slow to start out of the gates. He didn't register a single catch in his first two games, and he only caught one pass for 8 yards in this third game, albeit a TD, but on a tipped pass. However, as the season wore on, Floyd got more comfortable and his numbers improved, peaking with 8 receptions, 166 receivng yards, and 1 TD in Week 17 against the 49ers. Now in 2013, Floyd has a 2 time Pro-Bowl QB in Carson Palmer throwing him the rock. A new coaching staff is also in place, and HC Bruce Arians likes to stretch opposing defenses deep. The stars are aligning for Floyd, who could have a breakout season and exceed his current fantasy draft value.



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What are fantasy football sleepers?
Fantasy football sleepers are players that significantly outperform their average draft position. In short, if you are fortunate enough to select a good "sleeper" pick, you were able to grab a player that yielded much higher production than otherwise anticipated prior to the NFL season. Consequently, you want to select your fantasy football sleepers a round earlier than you anticipate them being taken by your league mates. However, you do not want to select your fantasy football sleepers too early as this gives you the opportunity to use those earlier picks on more reliable players while they are still available.

What is "Average Draft Position"?
Average Draft Position is an indicator of when a player could be selected based on the average of hundreds of drafts completed by various fantasy football leagues and mock drafts. This is very helpful information when evaluating potential fantasy football sleepers. For those that are interested, checkout our article,
Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, for direct access to free resources containing mock draft and ADP information for the 2013 fantasy football season.

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