List of Wide Receiver Sleepers (Part 2):
Here are some receivers outside of my Top 40 who can make an impact for your fantasy football teams this season.
Marvin Jones – Cincinnati Bengals…Former Cal product Marvin Jones missed the entire 2014 season with foot/ankle injuries after producing 51 catches and 10 TDs despite playing only 50% of snaps in 2013. The Bengals really missed Jones’ explosiveness opposite A.J. Green last season and are thrilled to get him back in the offense in 2015. With a chip on his shoulder coupled with his dynamic play making ability, if healthy look for him to regain his starting X receiver position and become Andy Dalton’s number 2 option in the passing game.
Cody Latimer – Denver Broncos…Pegged to make an impact in a Peyton Manning led offense last season, the 2014 second round pick Cody Latimer underwhelmed catching only 2 passes (Yes 2 catches). Questions about his work ethic and grasp of the playbook last season derailed his rookie year but Latimer is primed to be more involved this season. First and foremost the Broncos lose All Pro tight end Julius Thomas in free agency and did not resign wide receiver Wes Welker, opening up more opportunities for Latimer. Secondly, Latimer now with his rookie learning season under his belt worked out this offseason with Manning at Duke University trying to earn the quarterback’s trust. Finally, the contract situation with holdout superstar receiver Demaryius Thomas allows Latimer to run with the first team offense until Thomas shows up to camp. Add all of these reasons up with the fact that Latimer is a physical beast on the outside makes me think he is ready to put last season’s dud in his rear view mirror.
Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts…The Indianapolis Colts 3rd round selection in 2014 Donte Moncrief seemed poised for a breakout in 2015 after he showed his game breaking potential last season. With Reggie Wayne on his way out, Moncrief looked to be in line to start opposite T.Y. Hilton. Well that is not the case anymore as the Colts signed Texans legend Andre Johnson in the offseason and drafted speedster receiver Phillip Dorsett in the first round. Moncrief dynasty owners cringed as their guy took two substantial blows this offseason to his potential playing time. With all that said, Moncrief is too talented to take a back seat in the Colts’ offense as he is an athletic freak playing with Andrew Luck and backing up a 34-year-old Johnson. I have a hunch Moncrief will get more playing time than we all think he will.
Nick Toon – New Orleans Saints…The Saints lost two important cogs in the receiving corps in Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. These losses should propel Nick Toon to the number 3 receiver behind Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks in a Sean Payton/Drew Brees offense. In what has been a challenging career since being drafted in 2012 out of Wisconsin, this will be Toons’ best chance to produce and the highest he has ever been on the Saints’ depth chart. Toon is a deep sleeper in fantasy football circles who is one injury away from having a huge impact this season.
Brian Quick – St Louis Rams…Injury and poor quarterback play tempered Brian Quick’s breakout season last year for the St Louis Rams. Playing as the number 1 receiver in the Rams’ offense Quick was on pace for 84 catches 1288 yards and 12 TDs in the first quarter of the season with inexperienced QB Austin Davis. In Week 8 Quick suffered a significant dislocated left shoulder and torn rotators cuff ending his promising season. One year later Quick is near full health and is still entrenched as the Rams’ number 1 receiver with a better quarterback in Nick Foles. Do not forget about Quick in your fantasy drafts because if healthy he can produce WR3 numbers.