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Topic: Need that late(r) round pick?
 Throwball Heroes_118522
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Post Date: 08/24/12 12:57
I know we toss around the term "sleeper" very loosely these days. But it still referes to a play who is a back up with starter potential. It's also a player who plays above where you drafted them. Cam Newton, as a rookie last year was a sleeper.

Here is a quick list I put together of a few players at each position you might look at as your draft progresses.

QB
Josh Freeman TBB: He slept through much of last season, but the offense has added some weapons this season with Vincent Jackson and Kellen Winslow. Even the rookie RB, Doug Martin has made an impact. Freeman could end up with 25-27 TDs

Jake Locker TEN: He will end up as the starter in TEN (over veteran Matt Hasselbeck) with a competent group of players at the skill positions. He's got a very dangerous weapon in the backfield in Chris Johnson. Out wide it's Nate Washington, rookie Kendall Wright and possibly Kenny Britt (if his head is in the game and not injured). He also has big targets in Jared Cook and Craig Stevens.

Matt Cassel KCC: Even though they have said they will rush 500 times this season, KCC will still throw the ball. Dwayne Bowe now signed his tender and Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston will provide size and speed downfield. NO reason Cassel could not return to 3000 yards and 25 TDs.

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Evan Royster WAS: With Hightower still coming back from the ACL injury and Helu dinged with an Achilles, Royster should start the year as the #1 RB. Royster put together a few solid weeks last year with his speed and rushing ability. Be wary, the Shanny-Go-Round will probably be in full effect again this season.

Cedric Benson GB: Might not truly qualify as a sleeper, but GB has liked what they have seen in Benson so far. This gives the Packers a good running back, but one who doesn't catch many balls. I hope to see GB get up on their opposition and resort to the running game to fill in the garbage time stats. I a low #2 RB or #3 RB.

Ronnie Brown SDG: San Diego will need to do something with the fragile Ryan Mathews who will start the season injured. Rivers has proven he doesn't need a rushing game, but Brown is a consistent performer on the ground and out of the backfield.

WR
Malcolm Floyd SDG: Most of the attention has been on Meachem and Royal since they signed in San Diego. It's been Floyd who has had the best rapport with Rivers so far. The knock on Floyd, staying healthy. If he can do that, his numbers should be solid through out the year.

Doug Baldwin SEA: He was one of the few WRs who got it anything done last year for the Seahawks with 51-788-4 TD. In fact I like Baldwin more than Sydney Rice, Terrell Owens and Golden Tate. He will get the job done quietly again this season building on his 2011 numbers.

Jerome Simpson MIN: He has new life in Minnesota this season (3-gm suspension). The coaching staff has been impressed so far, as Simpson with his speed can stretch the field starting week 4. He can improve on his 50-725-4 TD from 2011.

TE
Kyle Rudolph MIN: A big second year kid with good hands who will get the chance to start this season. Ponder really likes him and wants to get him the ball.

Jared Cook TEN: Cook finished 2011 strong with a fwe 100 yard games, but only 3 TDs on the season. Locker being young could look to Cook more often this season in order to move the TEN offense and take pressure off the inexperienced QB.

Coby Fleener IND: A rookie TE with a rookie QB, but the pair played together at Stanford, so they have a sense of timing already. The only knock on Fleener, his blocking ability, which could hamper his playing time.
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Post Date: 08/24/12 13:09
Nice list! Thanks!

I would not touch RBBC, so I am surprised by you selecting Royster. Will keep an eye out for him as the season moves along. Hope to see a Smart txt about him someday. I would pick Benson over the other two.

Agree with the order for WR. And forgot about Fleener at TE. Should have got him for a backup TE today. Hmmm, going to look at the waiver wire right now.

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Post Date: 08/24/12 13:29
Oh, I didn't select Royster on my team or any of these players. In fact many of these players I didn't select but I assume some will make my first 2012 Watch List I post. I will keep an eye on them though.
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Post Date: 08/24/12 23:21
Titus Young has been very popular in the drafts I've been in... just to throw that out there. He has a very good chance at taking the starting WR position opposite Calvin Johnson.
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RB: Morris, L.Miller, Matthews, Ridley, Stacy, Vereen (IR)
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Post Date: 08/25/12 08:12
Yeah Young has been and I suspect he will get drafted in most leagues.
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Post Date: 08/25/12 20:44
Looking at my past practice drafts, Young has been going in the 11th round.... pick #103-108. My last draft I snagged him in the 10th, just to make sure I got him.
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RB: Morris, L.Miller, Matthews, Ridley, Stacy, Vereen (IR)
WR: Cobb (IR), Nicks, White, D.Baldwin, Cooper, Dobson, Randle
TE: Wright
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Post Date: 08/26/12 08:57
Yeah went last pick of the 10th round in our draft.
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