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Topic: Not Just "Sleepers", but Fantasy Football SUPER Sleepers!
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/04/08 19:16
Okay, so every week in my fantasy football podcast since the one before week 3 I have made it a point to point out a potential "Super Sleeper" and name him in our podcasts. I have done this each of the last 3 weeks in the podcast and in another post it was intimated I should be posting them in my fantasy football blog. Probably not a bad idea. So to catch every one up, here is a list of the last 3 weeks of Super Sleepers and my write-ups about each, along with an explanation about what a Super Sleeper is and why he is different from a regular fantasy football "sleeper".
 
Super Sleepers are not the guys everyone is talking about. You don’t need an expert to tell you that one more bad game by Derek Anderson will lead to Brady Quinn being the new Brown’s QB and that makes Quinn a “sleeper”. EVERYONE already knows this. We all know that Matt Schaub is really on a short leash in Houston and that Sage Rosenfels could take over in the coming weeks and therefore is a “sleeper”. We know that if Willie Parker has an injury plagued 2008 that Mewedle Moore, or Najeh Davenport (or even Gary Russell, but he might actually qualify as a super sleeper since no one I know of besides me is willing to even say his name) are potential "sleepers". We know this because other fantasy owners and so-called "experts" alike are all talking about them. Sure, their unknown statuses qualifies each of these guys as potential “sleepers” for fantasy football, but each of them are name guys who all should be gone in your leagues already or are about to be gone. If they’re not, they’re definitely worth picking up and stashing on your roster now for their potential value. Super Sleeper’s are guys who are off the fantasy radar of most owners right now and practically no one is talking about. He’s being ignored in fantasy leagues and isn’t getting spotlight time. Super Sleeper’s are players you want to acquire now before they become the latest breaking news or hot free agent pickup.
 
So with that all said, here are my Fantasy Football "Super Sleepers" from the last 3 weeks:
 
9-18-08: Ryan Torain, Denver Broncos RB
We’ve seen all 3 of Selvin Young, Andre Hall, and Michael Pittman have a fairly equal split of the carries in Denver and have success although the split has prevented any of them from getting great fantasy stats. Torain was drafted in round 5 and has been missing the first part of the season with a broken elbow injury suffered in training camp. Torain is expected back after the Broncos bye in week 8. Now while that is still a few weeks away, smart owners will stash on him on their bench now, or in the next 2 weeks as he probably will assume the primary RB role when he is able to play. Mike Shanahan has a history of driving fantasy owners crazy with his musical RB’s so far this year and the last few years in Denver, but he said back in training camp that he wanted to have a primary guy and envisioned Torain as the type of RB who brought a complete skill package for being a feature RB. Grab Torain soon as the Broncos have some very favorable matchups weeks 9-14.
 
9-25-08: Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay QB
Jeff Garcia is not your typical Super Sleeper. Everyone does know his name, and everyone is aware of he’s in the league. But because he’s been benched in Tampa Bay, Garcia has been dropped in almost every league out there. The NFL trade deadline is coming up in a few weeks and there are plenty of teams out there who could be looking for a quarterback and likely they’ll present the Bucs with an offer the team would accept. Amongst the places Garcia could end up: Kansas City is desperate for a QB; the Vikings too will be soon, once they see more than just a couple of games by Gus Frerotte; the New England Patriots might even be looking for a heady veteran like Garcia if Matt Cassel doesn’t get it turned around soon. Tell me Garcia wouldn’t love to go to New England and have those weapons around him? The Patriots would get a proven winning quarterback with tons of starting experience and the Bucs would get Garcia not only out of Tampa Bay, but out of the NFC entirely. Now, nothing is currently imminent, but it makes sense for a Garcia deal to happen and it’s my opinion that something will get done with some team before the NFL’s trade deadline. And if it’s the right spot, Garcia could be at least serviceable for fantasy purposes, or maybe even fantasy gold. That’s why a known name like Jeff Garcia is a Super Sleeper. You can probably get him off the free agent wire in your league right now.
 
 
10-02-08: NY Jets RB Jesse Chatman.
Chatman was suspended the first 4 games of the 2008 season and has been forgotten about ever since. But he returns to practice this week and with the Jets having the bye week 5 Chatman will have 2 weeks to get back into football shape, or at least close to it. Jets coach Eric Mangini has sounded non-committal about Chatman playing week 6, but if the team continues to struggle punching the ball into the end zone on the ground with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington (who have a combined 1 rushing TD this season thru 4 games) it would not be a surprise at all to see the bigger Chatman get opportunities to be a TD vulture. It’s also possible that if neither Jones nor Washington get their yards per carry average up to 4.0 that Chatman may be given a look for a bigger role in the offense than just that of short yardage big back. Jones is averaging 3.8 yards per rushing attempt while Washington is at 3.9. With Brett Favre putting the fear of a passing attack into opponents, each of those two RB’s should be doing better than that. It’s almost like everyone has forgotten that Chatman was a fantasy darling when he took over for Ronnie Brown last season after Brown got injured. While I was never a big Chatman fan, he did show some decent game and averaged 4 yards per carry last season as a member of the pitiful Dolphins. If Jones and Washington don’t start performing better soon, Chatman could be a super sleeper who comes in and shines where they haven’t.
 
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Post Date: 10/04/08 21:45
Thanks Russ, you are truly the Fantasy Football GURU!!!!
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Post Date: 10/04/08 22:05
GREAT STUFF!!! perfect info for my dynasty league, of which i am a newbie to and need all the help i can get since i am truly an "expansion team" there. thx again, russ... i love it!
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Post Date: 10/05/08 07:19
Gonna Keep Garcia in mind...thakns!
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We're that so, would Jesus have healed Ryan Grant's hammy?
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Post Date: 10/07/08 13:33
HURTING AT QB, NEED HELP...  When the year started, I was given Young and Leinart in my auto draft.  I've been struggling all season just to field a QB that starts in my deep league.  Currently I'm stuck with Frerotte, Rosenfels, Quinn, Leftwich, and Croyle.  Any advice?
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Post Date: 10/07/08 14:15
Prolly go with Gus since they won last night and he's sure to start against the Detroit Lowleys...
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Post Date: 10/07/08 16:10
that's wonderful! thank you. got any WR sleepers?
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Post Date: 10/07/08 16:33
Anyone think Cedric Benson will come around and have a decent year in Cincy?  Am I wasting my time with Billy Miller when the disappointing Todd Heap and Dante Rosario are on the free agent pile?  What are the chances that Quinn either starts The Browns next game or comes in early and gets some good stats?
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Post Date: 10/08/08 17:48
hey russ!  nice call on ryan torain.....really like that sleeper status!!!   torain was going to be the starter heading into the preseason until he got hurt with a fractured left elbow.  he's recuperating just fine and it looks like he might be ready for some action come end of october..
 
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