The NFL Preseason has entered the all-important third week and coaches around the league are preparing for the first round of roster cuts that are due by September 1st.
As the regular season draws closer, more and more fantasy football drafts are taking place in order for leagues to be ready to begin when Week 1 arrives.
Over the past couple weeks we’ve been posting our fantasy rankings to help you prepare for your draft.
So far we’ve covered the Top 30 NFL Fantasy Football Quarterbacks, Top 50 NFL Fantasy Football Running Backs, Top 70 NFL Fantasy Football Wide Receivers, Top 30 NFL Fantasy Football Tight Ends and Top NFL Fantasy Football Rookies.
This week we’ll shift our focus from the traditional rankings to some helpful hints that can give you a leg up on the competition. Kicking things off are some of the top sleepers and busts from around the league.
Sleeper- Darren McFadden, Cowboys
It looks as though McFadden will be the number one running back on the Cowboys this season. He’ll be running behind the best offensive line in the NFL and has a chance to finally reach his potential.
Sleeper- C.J. Spiller, Saints
Spiller should be a beast for anyone in a PPR league. It would be surprising if he doesn’t finish the year with a career high in receptions, and considering his after the catch skills, the numbers could really pile up.
Bust- Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
There is a lot of hype surrounding Stewart this season and I just don’t see it happening. He’s been extremely injury prone throughout his career and only had two games of over 100 yards last season, both being against teams in the bottom four of the league in rushing defense. He’s also not very good in goal-to-go situations.
Bust- Doug Martin, Buccaneers
Martin is very similar to the previous guy on the list. Injury prone and mostly disappointing during his pro career, Martin lost weight in the offseason to be quicker and more elusive during games. Running behind a shaky offensive line and working with a rookie quarterback isn’t going to help his cause either.
Sleeper- Andre Johnson, Colts
The 34-year-old still has some gas left in the tank and now joins a Colts offense where he’s one of several playmaking weapons at the disposal of quarterback Andrew Luck. Johnson could put up some big numbers in 2015.
Sleeper- Kendall Wright, Titans
Injuries and poor quarterback play was a major reason why Wright’s receptions dropped from 94 in 2013 to just 57 last year. He’s now healthy once again and could have a stable quarterback in rookie Marcus Mariota.
Bust- Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs
Fantasy owners are high on Maclin after his big year with the Eagles last season, but now he goes to a Chiefs offense that isn’t kind to wide receivers. Think of the big year DeSean Jackson had with the Eagles in 2013 and the drop off he saw after moving to a lesser Redskins offense last year. The same will probably happen to Maclin in 2015.
Bust- Brandon Marshall, Jets
It’s difficult to get excited about any receiving option on the Jets due to their extremely shaky situation at quarterback. Remember Eric Decker? He was a beast in Denver before going to the Jets last season where his receptions went down by 12, receiving yards went down by 326 and touchdowns went down by 6.
Sleeper- Jordan Cameron, Dolphins
When healthy, Cameron was a Pro Bowl tight end for the Browns but concussion issues limited his production last season. Those problems are now behind him and he’s got a better quarterback in Miami than he ever had in Cleveland. The Dolphins also feature a fast-paced offense that utilizes the tight end often.
Sleeper- Owen Daniels, Broncos
Daniels steps into a great situation in Denver. He’s familiar with the offense run by Gary Kubiak after their time together in Houston and Baltimore and now has Peyton Manning throwing him the ball. Daniels could step right in and pick up where Julius Thomas left off.
Bust- Julius Thomas, Jaguars
While Thomas may still put up respectable numbers in Jacksonville, they won’t come close to the gaudy stats he left Denver with. He’ll be the focal point of a lackluster offense and will be drafted much higher than what his eventual value will be.
Bust- Larry Donnell, Giants
The emergence of Odell Beckham, Jr and the return of Victor Cruz will cut into Donnell’s targets, as will the addition of pass-catching running back Shane Vereen. He scored three of his six touchdowns in one game last season and was held out of the end zone over the final six weeks.
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