As fantasy football drafts are going on across the land, people everywhere are looking for this years Adrian Foster or Peyton Hillis; guys who came out of nowhere to be top performers. Picking sleepers is more about gut feelings and situations than about actual facts but if you get it right, then you look like geniuses and you have a better chance at winning it all. Here's my top 5 sleepers, my chance at genius. These guys are the top of the pack when it comes to surprising people. Pick them with confidence in good situations, just don't over reach for them.
5. Jacoby Ford, WR, Oakland Raiders
Ford made a name for himself last season by returning 3 kickoffs for touchdowns but what is overlooked is that after getting into the lineup around midseason he put up a respectable 470 yards on just 25 catches. This year, he should be fully integrated into the starting job and with QB Jason Campbell even more comfortable with the Raider's O, big numbers could abound.
4. Tim Hightower, RB, Washington Redskins
The lockout may be the best thing to happen to Hightower. Timmy signed with Washington after being buried in a crowded backfield in Arizona and is behind only injury prone Ryan Torain for the starting job. Hightower came into camp in shape and has looked solid this preseason for Washington team that looks surprisingly solid. He may not even need a Torain injury to leap into the starter role and once there, he should thrive.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills
By no means am I saying that you should go with Fitzpatrick as your number 1 quarterback if you have a chance to snag a top ten QB but if they are already gone or you want a reliable backup, Fitz here is worth a look. If you take an honest look at the guys situation in Buffalo, you will see that his backup is Tyler Thigpen, which essentially means he has no competition for the starting job. With the emergence of wideout Steve Johnson last season and the addition of WR Brad Smith, Fitzpatrick is all about the upside.
2. Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Jones was a solid back last season who really stepped up his game late in the season. In his last three games last year, he put up 228 yards on just 39 touches, and that was when sharing time with the now departed Marion Barber. Given the starting job and more touches, which is where the Cowboys are leaning, he should thrive as a dual threat back.
1. Chad OchoCinco, WR, New England
Ocho is a player that will get drafted at a decent spot for name value alone but the funny thing is, he should actually return to elite status this season with the move to New England. With Tom Brady chucking him the ball, the same Tom Brady who resurrected Randy Moss's career a few years ago and also the same Brady who had a stellar year in 2010 without a top notch WR, you can expect good things from Ocho.
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