Fantasy Football is won and lost on late-round selections. An owner's ability to select high-quality players towards the end of the draft dictates how far that person will go during the fantasy season. In order to win your league this year, here are seven sleepers you should target.
7. 7. Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills
The former top target for Cam Newton was traded to the Buffalo Bills midway through last year and struggled to find success with his new team. While Kelvin Benjamin still remains on the Bills, his stat line will look completely different because of one thing: familiarity. Benjamin's struggles with Buffalo a year ago can be almost entirely attributed to his lack of knowledge with the playbook. Being traded to the Bills as late as he was, Benjamin wasn't able to learn the playbook, which forced the Bills staff to limit him to a small route tree. In year two, Benjamin will have a firmer grasp of the offense, something that will result in better production.
6. 6. Dez Bryant, Free Agent
Dez Bryant will be on an NFL team before the start of the regular season. You can count on that. No matter what organization he chooses to sign with, Bryant is worth taking a gamble on. Bryant's chip on his shoulder will only increase his demand for targets , and considering he is just a year removed from a Pro Bowl season, whichever quarterback he has will have to respect his desire for more receptions.
5. 5. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
Everything is coming together for Mitchell Trubisky, from having a No. 1 target in Allen Robinson to having an offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy (goodbye John Fox). With Jordan Howard already giving defenses trouble, the second-year quarterback will get his opportunities in the passing game. By no means should you count on Trubisky on being your starting quarterback in the beginning of the fantasy season, but later in the year the Chicago Bears quarterback could come up big.
4. 4. Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins
If you play in a PPR league, do I have the pick for you. Ryan Tannehill is a sucker for slot receivers. You saw it with Jarvis Landry all the time, who now has the record for most receptions in a player's first four seasons (in large part because of Tannehill, but Jay Cutler too). With Landry on the Browns, the Miami Dolphins have found their replacement at slot receiver in Danny Amendola. The Tannehill-Amendola connection has shined throughout Dolphins training camp, as Amendola has quickly become the quarterback's favorite target. Amendola may have an 100+ reception season.
3. 3. George Kittle,San Francisco 49ers
After starting in seven games last season, George Kittle is slotted to be the full-time starting tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. Despite being used for a fraction of last season, Kittle amassed 515 yards in that time, and with the 49ers' revolving quarterback door closed now that Jimmy Garoppolo is in town, Kittle's production will increase. Since Garoppolo is a clear upgrade over C.J. Beathard, Kittle should receive more and better targets throughout the year.
2. 2. Ryan Grant, Indianapolis Colts
Ryan Grant never got his chance with the Washington Redskins, mainly serving as a rotational wide receiver. Grant opted for a change of scenery this offseason when he signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. On the Colts, Grant is the second-best wide out and will be a full-fledged starter for the first time in his career. Andrew Luck's comeback to the field will elevate Grant's game significantly, as Luck is very fond of attacking defenses through his secondary receivers (if you recall, Donte Moncrief was a WR2 when Luck was under center). Grant is in line for a career year.
1. 1. Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson is off of the Denver Broncos, and there is now a need for a new lead running back. Word out of Denver's camp shows the competition in replacing Anderson is between Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker. This is not to say Freeman doesn't have a chance, but Booker does have experience on his side. Booker played in the Broncos offense last season as a supplemental back for Anderson. Freeman on the other hand, is an unproven rookie. Even if Freeman wins the initial battle for starting running back, don't be surprised if Booker takes over as the season goes on.