Top 20 Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2015

Fantasy football season is quickly approaching. While some have already drafted their teams and are eagerly awaiting the start of the NFL regular season, others are patiently waiting it out till week three or four of the preseason where most of the starting line-ups and injuries are out in the open. If you’re one of the latter then kudos on your patience. Despite what some might think fantasy football isn’t just a game of pure luck. It requires a good deal of research, extensive knowledge of the current happenings in the NFL and a fair amount of intuition to boot. Yes there is a little bit of luck involved but those who find success are those who do their research before the draft and constantly look at ways of improving their teams over the course of the season.

One popular method of getting the one up on fellow fantasy players is trying to identify certain sleeper picks for the upcoming draft. Sleepers are under the radar plyers who are generally taken later on in the draft and who’re thought of as candidates to become break out stars. Looking at a team’s depth chart regularly, reading up on training camp reports and watching multiple preseason games are all excellent ways of identifying potential sleeper picks. Of course this varies from individual to individual as different fantasy players will have their own sleepers they’re interested in targeting. So with that being said the following list contains 20 sleepers who – at this point in the offseason – look to be gearing towards great things in 2015. They might not get taken very early on in your drafts but have no doubt that these guys can definitely make an impact if starting on your team this year.

20 Eddie Royal

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19 Eli Manning

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18 C.J. Spiller

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17 Pierre Garcon

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16 Delanie Walker

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15 Joseph Randle

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14 Devonta Freeman

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13 Brandin Cooks

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12 LeGarrette Blount

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11 Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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10 Teddy Bridgewater

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9 Frank Gore

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8 Ryan Tannehill

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7 Martavis Bryant

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6 Cody Latimer

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5 Ameer Abdullah

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4 John Brown

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3 Josh Hill

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2 Charles Johnson

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1 Sammy Watkins

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The first rookie receiver taken off the board last year was somewhat underwhelming compared to his fellow rookie receivers. The Buffalo Bills wide out might not have a steady quarterback throwing him the ball, which admittedly is detrimental to a receiver’s performance. But he’s been impressing this offseason and was drafted in the top five because of his knack for making plays. Despite the Bills’ problems at QB, Watkins should see plenty of targets and is the Bills’ undisputed number 1. You can do much worse in your drafts this year towards the middle rounds. Watkins should start off the season as a WR2-WR3 prospect and should lean more towards being a WR2 if he gets as many targets as he’s projected to.

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Top 20 Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2015