Aug 18, 2012
Everybody knows who the top 10 players are at each fantasy football position and that why it’s a no-brainer to target guys who consistently produce monster fantasy football numbers such as Drew Brees, Ray Rice, and Calvin Johnson. Often times what separates a good fantasy team from a great one is the owner who finds value in the second half of his or her fantasy football draft. These later-round difference makers are referred to as fantasy football sleepers or undervalued players.
Sleepers are typically lesser known players or those with one or two NFL seasons under their belts, while undervalued players tend to be overlooked veterans, or guys who let down fantasy owners for one reason or another the previous season. Sometimes a player’s situation gives owners pause and his draft position takes a hit. Whether a player is a true sleeper or simply undervalued, he must meet the following criteria: (1) he’s likely to outperform his preseason ranking and projections; and (2) he’ll deliver a much higher return on your investment (i.e., draft pick or auction price).
Now that you know how we determine who made the cut, check out our 2012 Fantasy Football Sleeper Running Backs.
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Peyton Hillis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Pause if you have heard this one before: the Madden cover curse claims another victim. Good luck to you Calvin. A hamstring injury, a mysterious illness and general ineffectiveness plagued Hillis’ 2011 season. Now a Kansas City Chief, Hillis will have plenty of opportunities to redeem himself this season sharing the rock with Jamaal Charles in a predominantly run first offense. The Kansas City Chiefs will likely want to keep Charles’ load on the lighter side to begin the season because he is coming back from an ACL tear. This could mean Hillis sees plenty of carries in the early weeks of the season. It also seems likely that Hillis will receive a good amount of goal line carries, considering how physical of a runner he is and because of the struggles Charles has had scoring inside the 20 yard line in the past. The threat of Charles reinjuring his Achilles makes Hillis a valuable commodity, but even if he shares the ball with Charles all season, Hillis should see enough carries to be an effective fantasy player.
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