A list of undervalued players to target in 2014 fantasy football leagues.
Grabbing a sleeper pick during your draft and watching it pay off for you every game during the season is an amazing feeling. In fact, there may be nothing more satisfying in fantasy sports than hitting the jackpot on a sleeper pick.
To aid you in your quest for the elusive fantasy football sleeper, we've put together a list of potential breakout or bounce-back players to help you win this season.
This list is in alphabetical order and the degree to which these players qualify as sleepers obviously depends on your specific league. We've included each player's projected stats for the upcoming season so that you can properly evaluate them.
Dwayne Bowe Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver
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Bowe’s 2013 had to go down as one of the bigger disappointments for a largely healthy receiver last year. Not only did he see a workload decline (101 targets), his lowest mark since an 11-game 2009, but he also posted his lowest YPT mark since 2008. The arrival of offensive guru Andy Reid and competent signal caller Alex Smith was supposed to have the opposite effect. Part of the problem was Kansas City’s strong defensive showing early in the year. Thanks to the easiest first-half schedule in the league, the Chiefs and the conservative Smith didn’t need to chance throwing down the field. Credit/blame is also due to Jamaal Charles’ monster year, where he became such a key cog in the passing game. But when the Chiefs’ defense fell apart against the Colts in the AFC Wildcard game, Bowe exploded for 150 yards and a score on 13 targets. With a harder schedule in 2014, we’d expect Kansas City to have to get Bowe more involved. At 6-2, 221 and with 4.51 speed (at least when he was drafted), the now 29-year old Bowe has long fit the mold of the modern NFL wideout with a big catch radius, good ball skills and enough acceleration for his size to separate. With the Chiefs not bringing in any notable receiving talent during the offseason, Bowe should once again be the team's No. 1 wideout, though the start of his 2014 campaign will be delayed by a one-game suspension out of the gate.
Ahmad Bradshaw Indianapolis Colts Running Back
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Bradshaw is coming off season-ending neck surgery in October to remove a bulging disc, but the Colts re-signed the powerful, well-rounded runner to play a role in their backfield again this season. In the three games he did play before the injury knocked him out, Bradshaw proved quite productive, particularly in Weeks 2 and 3, when he rushed for a combined 160 yards on just 34 carries while adding six receptions. A two-time 1,000-yard rusher with the Giants, he's proven that he can be a fantasy producer when given the opportunity. Although the acquisition of Trent Richardson threw his playing time into question even before the injury, the Colts' backfield has no guaranteed roles right now, meaning a healthy Bradshaw could win a major role in training camp, particularly if Richardson's struggles continue. Even if he's not the starter, Bradshaw should factor into some goal-line work, as he has throughout his career, while offering some added usefulness in PPR formats.
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