Fantasy Football season is heating up, and as all fantasy players know, there’s always a sleeper player that just bursts onto the scene. Those players come out of nowhere! Players like Justin Forsett, Allen Robinson, and Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene and obliterate their expectations. The 2016 Fantasy football season is primed to produce some surprises, and player that exceed their proposed expectations.
Derek Carr was a fine fantasy football quarterback in 2015, as he finished 12th among fantasy quarterbacks in points. He threw 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in a strong sophomore campaign. I expect nothing but improvement for Carr. Carr will have another offseason under his belt and the improving sophomore wide receiver Amari Cooper. Besides that, Derek Carr has not followed the football path of his brother David Carr.
Frank Gore is the most consistent fantasy running back in the NFL. Last season, in his first season with the Indianapolis Colts, Gore finished 12th among fantasy running backs in points. I expect 2016 to be more of the same for Gore, despite the projections of age derailing him. Gore will have another season learning the Colts system, and the Colts offensive line is healthy.
Alfred Morris is one of my favorite NFL running backs, and it shocks me that I’m forced to put him on this list. Morris struggled last season in Washington, but that offensive line was a disaster! Now Morris is in Dallas with the Cowboys, who boast the best offensive line in football. You must remember, Morris is just one year removed from a string of three 1,000-yard seasons! Take him in rounds 14 or 15.
Golden Tate is the go-to receiver for Matthew Stafford with the retirement of Megatron. With Tate at the top of the Lions depth chart, I expect a ton of targets and touchdowns to come his way. In 2015 with Megatron ahead of him on the depth chart, Tate ranked 33rd among fantasy wide receivers. In fantasy drafts, Tate has been targeted as a backup, but is worth being picked as a WR2! Draft Tate in round seven.
Sterling Shepard reminds me a lot of Martavis Bryant. They play similarly, and they were drafted into similar situations. Shepherd is a part of the Giants organization, where Odell Beckham Jr. is the go-to receiver. That sound like a bad thing, but this will exponentially help Shepherd’s cause. Defenses will put all of their attention on Odell, and give Shepherd easy yards, and touchdowns. Shepherd is a super-sleeper worth drafting around rounds eleven through thirteen.
Jared Cook isn’t necessarily one my favorite tight ends… until you put Aaron Rodgers into the fold. Aaron Rodgers can turn an average player into a great one, and Jared Cook was already a polished fantasy tight end, catching passes from Jake Locker and Zach Mettenberger. Cook has the size and speed to burn opposing linebackers and safeties, and rodgers has the ability to throw passes right into his breadbasket. Watch out! Draft Cook near the tail end in your fantasy draft, and have no regrets!