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August 31, 2013 posted by Steve DeAngelo

2013 Fantasy Football: Rookie Sleepers You Need To Consider

2013 Fantasy Football: Rookie Sleepers You Need To Consider
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In my last article I talked about some very well known rookie WR’s in Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson and DeAndre Hopkins. All guys that I recommended you needed to target. This next set of Rookies I am writing about are guys that are under the radar, and sometimes are being passed up in drafts/auctions by fantasy owners. These are players with some very serious potential to contribute this season.  This way you can make sure the last few selections of your draft or auction are quality ones.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Stepfan Taylor, Ariizona Cardinals

The 5’9 214 pound back out of Stanford is a Rookie that needs to be on your radar. Rashad Mendenhall is currently the No. 1 in Zona, but we all know his injury history and lack of consistency. The only other back Taylor has to worry about is Ryan Williams, who has never been healthy. Taylor with his low center of gravity, agile, hard running style could easily be the most talented back of the bunch. Stepfan doesn’t waste time dancing around, he gets to the hole and can make people miss in the open field. With new head coach Bruce Arians and QB Carson Palmer, the Cards offense will be moving the ball. Taylor is a guy you can get very late as he is basically an afterthought in most leagues.

Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints

Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints

The rookie has displayed great awareness in the Saints offense this preseason as well as showing off his hands, route running and body control. He finished the preseason with seven catches for 140 yards and two TD’s.  He has been penciled in as the No. 3 WR for the Saints and with any injury to Moore or Colston he steps right into a full time role. Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around and will consistently throw for over 300 yards per game with multiple touchdowns, so there most definitely will be plenty of opportunity for Stills to fill up the boxscore. As a rookie he will bring inconsistency, but at the same time he is a guy that can be a valuable part of your fantasy squad.

Quinton Patton, WR, San Francisco 49ers

I’ve watched Patton a few times this preseason and couldn’t help but be impressed with his game. Patton is very quick, explosive, and plays with a lot of energy. He finished the preseason with six catches for 87 yards and two TD’s. Michael Crabtree won’t be back until Week 11 at the earliest and I fully expect Patton to be the No. 2 WR in San Fran behind Anquan Boldin. Colin Kaepernick and this 49ers offense will be one of the more explosive and exciting offenses this year and Patton should play a nice part. Remember T.Y Hilton last year? That could easily be Patton this year.

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Steve DeAngelo has been playing Fantasy Football since 1996 when he got started at the age of 14. His first team consisted of names like Terry Allen, John Elway and Michael Jackson. He is a lifetime North Jersey resident and a passionate Yankee and Jets fan. You can follow him on twitter @FantasySavvy

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