The wide receiver position has become increasingly important in Fantasy Football due to the longevity and relative consistency of it’s players. The position has become increasingly important for everyone, unfortunately, not just yourself. This has led to an increase in WR analytics, predictors and Fantasy Football sleeper articles just like this one.
I decided to take the rare common sense approach for the following article. Obviously, there is statistical analysis behind each wicked hawt take (Sorry, I just moved to Massachusetts), but too often we overlook what we already know about football in order to try and successfully predict Fantasy sleepers.
Last season Allen Robinson took the jump from rookie to stud as he evolved with Blake Bortles. Larry Fitzgerald bounced back due to a new role as the slot receiver in a high octane offense. Doug Baldwin was the beneficiary of an injured RB and a breakout QB. Michael Crabtree found relevance once again by landing in a new situation.
For every story like the ones above, there are also those where winning a job translated to Fantasy success due to opportunity. Willie Snead, Ted Ginn and Kamar Aiken became Fantasy Football must owns by season’s end simply by taking advantage of the lack of competition.
This year’s list of Fantasy Football Sleepers consists of bounce backs, young players continuing to develop, players taking advantage of an opportunity and those likely to find themselves in a larger role due to injury concerns of a teammate.
2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers
Cobb disappointed Fantasy Football owners last season due to a huge statistical drop off after his 2014 breakout campaign. Cobb dipped from WR6 to WR31 in standard scoring leagues, finishing with 458 fewer yards and six fewer TDs.
As poor as Cobb was in 2015 he was only 15 yards per game and two total TDs from last year’s 15th scoring WR. Jordy Nelson’s presence alone should be enough to enable Cobb to meet those numbers.
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