2012 Fantasy Football Sleepers
Here are six athletes that are potential difference makers in your fantasy league this year.
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1. Eric Decker WR DEN
Decker had a solid year with Denver last year, being one of Tim Tebow’s targets. Decker had 44 rec, for 612 yds and 8 tds. In the offseason, Denver acquired an elite quarterback, Peyton Manning. Denver will immediately turn to their passing game for more success. Decker will most certainly be Peyton’s favorite or often used targets. Expect a big year for the wide-out.
2. Donald Brown RB IND
Donald Brown finished his 2011 campaign with 645 yds and 5 tds. Going into this year, the Colts’ first round pick in 2009, Brown has earned the starting RB job. With a rookie quarterback aboard, expect a drastic increase in the number of touches for Brown. Depending on Andrew Luck’s red zone efficiency throughout the year, the Colts might use Brown frequently to pound past the goal line. Brown is ready for a breakout year.
3. Brent Celek TE PHI
Brent Celek had 811 yds and 5 tds in 2011. With a healthy Michael Vick back in an Eagles uniform, Celek is expected to have more catches. Vick is adjusting to the Phily game plan and will be working Celek in. With an offense filled with weapons, Desean Jackson, Lesean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, and Vick alone, sometimes it is difficult to be worked in. However, this year, expect Celek to have more production.
4. Mark Sanchez QB NYJ
Sanchez actually did not have a terrible 2011 season, unlike the New York media may have displayed it. He finished with 3,474 yds, 26 tds, and 18 int. However, the Tim Tebow situation may make you think Sanchez may not be the quarterback in New York right now. The thing about Sanchez is that you know he has potential. He led the Jets to back to back AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010. You know he has the potential to have a big year.
5. Martellus Bennett TE NYG
Newly acquired by the Giants, Bennett will instantly be successful. Over the past few years, two no name TE’s, Kevin Boss and David Ballard became huge targets for Eli Manning. With both of them gone, Bennett will be the team’s primary tight end. Bennett will have a fantastic year with the G-Men, having a great amount of receptions and touchdowns.
6. Plaxico Burress WR Free Agent
Yes, Burress is a free agent. However, whatever team does decide to sign the veteran wide out, will receive a huge boost. Burress had 8 touchdowns last year playing with the Jets. With his height, Burress will bring phenomenal red zone success, scoring a large amount of touchdowns.
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