Jay’s 2015 Deep Sleeper Edition
Written by Jay Myers (@Dynasty_DFW)
DFW Founder and CEO
Every season there are a handful of players that come out of nowhere with unexpected opportunities whether that’s due to injuries or bad play from the guys in front of them. Bottom line is you’ll want to have some lottery tickets at the end of your roster if you have room. Chances are slim that any of these guys will make a difference for your dynasty squad in ’15 but I’ll bet that a few of them will hit and you’ll feel elated and look like a genius when that happens.
These are all guys who could be sitting on your waiver wire depending on the league. They’ve all shown flashes this off-season and have the talent to produce if given a significant opportunity.
Let’s get it started (in no particular order)….
RB Gus Johnson – Randle, McFadden and Dunbar are the guys, but all it takes is an injury or some ineffectiveness to open up an opportunity for Gus. He recently hurt his shoulder, but is expected to be back soon. A surprise RB for the Cowboys would come in-house and not through FA in my opinion. So Gus would be the dark horse here.
RB Jonas Gray – Everyone is expecting Blount to be the guy, but I’ve been quietly scooping up Gray in all my leagues this off-season. He’s definitely flashed whether it was his 200 yard game with 4 TDs vs GB last year or as recent as last week’s preseason game where he rushed for 70+ yards and a long TD. Blount is a knucklehead so if he’s sidelined by injury or some sort of incident it could open the door for Gray who could put solid RB2 numbers in this offense.
RB Juwan Thompson – It’s a crowded backfield with CJ, Hillman and Ball. But we all saw what happened to Hillman when given the load last season, his body just couldn’t hold up. Ball really hasn’t flashed much since entering the league and was really a product of being a volume back for the Badgers. CJ Anderson has a history of injuries since entering the league so if he were to miss extended time I think Thompson could be the dark workhorse RB for Kubiak who likes to give most of the carries to one back. He’s already praised Juwan this off-season for his ability to make one cut and go and he’s a guy who could hold up to some punishment at the RB position.
RB Thomas Rawls – Lynch can’t play forever and Turbin isn’t the long-term answer. The team is clearly frustrated with Christine Michael who has all the talent in the world but just doesn’t show it in games. Not even sure Rawls makes the team but he’s a guy who should be owned just in case.
WR Cole Beasley – The word out of camp so far is that Cole has been one of Romo’s go-to guys. He showed well at times in ’14 and could push 60-70 catches this year in an offense that won’t be able to rely on the running game as much as they did in ’14.
WR Terelle Pryor – I’m sure a lot of you are already aware of the how he converted from QB to WR, but I’m sure enough don’t know. Pryor has elite physical tools running a 40 in the 4.3’s at 6’4″. Reports have been glowing regarding the transition and the team is desperate for a big time playmaker and Pryor should get the opportunity to be that guy.
WR Kamar Aiken – Perriman was supposed to be the guy but he’s been on the shelf due to a knee injury opening the door for Aiken who has been running with the 1st team offense. The Ravens WR core is thin and someone will get a ton of targets across from Steve Smith in new OC Trestman’s high passing volume offense.
WR Brandon Coleman – Coleman has been reported to be one of the stars of training camp so far and could threaten Toon for the WR3 spot and if something happens to Colston or Cooks he would be in line for a ton of targets. They run a lot of 3 and 4 WR sets to begin with and losing Graham will free up some extra targets as well, so he could be productive without an injury.
WR Leonard Hankerson – Early reports have been great for Hankerson and with Douglas now in Tenn it should be a lock that he snags the WR3 spot for the Falcons. Hank has solid size/speed combo with large paws. If Roddy goes down Hankerson would be in line for a ton of targets across from Julio. There are even rumors that Hankerson could be Roddy’s successor. Not sure I’m buying that koolaid but you never know.
WR Josh Huff – Not a ton of buzz from camp as most of the focus has been on Agholor, but there is going to be enough opportunity for Huff if he can win the #3 WR spot from Riley Cooper. He played in this system for Chip at Oregon and is going into his second year with the Eagles. This year will be his best shot to make an impact on an offense that should be able to support 3 capable WRs
TE Scott Chandler – NE could use more 12 formations with the addition of Chandler who is another big target at TE. He’s flashed some playmaking abilities at times in Buffalo. The QB play and offensive philosophy has always been an issue for any receiving option in Buffalo over the last few years, so maybe a change of scenery is just what the Doctor ordered.
TE Virgil Green – coming into the NFL Green was being compared to Vernon Davis but the issue was that Julius Thomas was also drafted and being compared to Antonio Gates. Well JT emerged and Green got some PT as the teams blocking TE. Exit JT and that opens the door for Green to produce should he beat out Owen Daniels. He’s got the edge over Daniels when it comes to physical tools, he just needs the opportunity in my opinion.
Please share your thoughts, who do you like or don’t like? Who am I missing as a deep sleeper?