NFL surprise performers: Fantasy football sleeper picks
Week one is in the books, and fantasy football participants have a better idea of who the impact players are going to be this year. Here are the five biggest fantasy football sleeper picks in the NFL this 2015 season!
1. Eric Ebron
Last season, the Detroit Lions selected Ebron with the tenth overall pick. He came into the league with high expectations, but his rookie campaign was a huge disappointment. The former North Carolina standout has incredible athleticism for a tight end; with a full year of experience within the offensive system, he should be ready to contribute as a sophomore. In week one, Ebron had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
2. John Brown
The third round pick out of Pittsburgh State was very impressive as a rookie. He came to Arizona and immediately established himself as the third option in the receiving game. The Cardinals cycled through three quarterbacks last year because of injuries, but Brown still managed 696 receiving yards and five touchdowns. In 2015, Arizona will most likely have better health at quarterback, making Brown an even more dangerous weapon.
3. T.J. Yeldon
Jacksonville might be the worst team in the NFL, but someone has to carry the ball and score touchdowns. Yeldon looks like he will be the primary running back for the Jaguars, replacing incumbent Denard Robinson. The rookie is bigger, stronger, and runs with more power than Robinson, so he should receive the majority of the goal line touches. In his first career start, Yeldon had 12 rushes for 51 yards and 3 catches for 16 yards.
4. Devin Funchess
Funchess has all the physical tools. The second round draft pick out of Michigan stands at 6’4 and weighs 225 lbs, which is gigantic for a wide receiver. Carolina’s receiver’s coach Ricky Proehl had this to say about Funchess, “He’s been amazing learning our offense, now we have to fine tune it on the field”. Funchess is recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in the preseason. As the season goes on, he should get healthier and receive more playing time. He will get increased reps since number one option Kelvin Benjamin will miss the season with a torn ACL.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 19, 2015
5. Tevin Coleman
Coleman was a star in college. He carried the offense for a very poor Indiana team, especially after starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld was lost for the season due to injury. This year’s crop of rookie running backs is one of the most talented the NFL has seen in a long time; Coleman sometimes gets lost in the crowd, but Atlanta’s third round pick is well on his way to becoming a well known commodity among NFL fans. In his very first game, Coleman had 20 carries for 80 yards and looked like the clear cut number one option over last year’s starter, Devonta Freeman.
Who do you think will be fantasy football’s biggest sleeper picks? Do you agree with my list? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4