There are a lot of fantasy football sleeper wide receivers this season and quite a few of them happen to be rookies. While some of these players have higher floors than others, all of these players have very high ceilings.
Here is a list of the top 10 fantasy football wide receiver sleepers in the 2012 NFL season.
Notes: Just because Young will be playing number two to Calvin Johnson this season doesn't mean he can't have fantasy stardom either. Last season the Lions had the most pass attempts per game of any NFL team with about 42. That season Young had 48 receptions for over 600 yards and 6 touchdowns. This year I think he'll be targeted far more often. He's an excellent sleeper and a steal with an ADP at about 121st overall.
2. Denarius Moore - Oakland Raiders
Notes: Unfortunately due to injury last season Moore was only able to rack up 33 receptions. However, he still managed to accumulate 618 yards, five touchdowns, and an outstanding 18.7 yards per reception. Expect the Raiders and Carson Palmer to utilize him enough this season to help him emerge from wide receiver sleeper to fantasy football star.
3. Greg Little - Cleveland Browns
Notes: In fantasy football you rarely find a number one wide receiver who is also a sleeper. This season Little has a new quarterback, Brandon Weeden, throwing to him which should bump up his value. However, he plays in the AFC North where pass defense is very strong. The potential is still there for Little to have a breakout fantasy season though.
4. Kendall Wright - Tennessee Titans
Notes: I think Wright will develop into a solid fantasy football option and with Kenny Britt's current situation that may speed things up. He's looked to be a favorable option on the Titans offense this preseason and is going undrafted in a lot of fantasy football leagues. He could be considered a steal by the end of the season.
5. Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
Notes: This season I'm expecting Jay Cutler to have strong production and we'll most certainly see Brandon Marshall benefit. Though, Cutler needs one more receiver and there's a good chance it'll be Jeffery. He's looked solid in preseason, has the potential, and is going about 134th overall in fantasy football drafts. Certainly worth a shot as a sleeper pick if he's given the number 2 role with the Bears.
6. Austin Collie - Indianapolis Colts
Notes: Despite recording only one receiving touchdown last season, Collie controlled about 35% of the Colts red zone targets and with the departure of Pierre Garcon and waning of Reggie Wayne he has plenty of opportunity to emerge as a star. However, as we were reminded this preseason, he is very prone to concussions, which is a big concern.
7. Jon Baldwin - Kansas City Chiefs
Notes: The Chiefs have made it clear that they are impressed how far Baldwin has matured since last season, which seemed to be his biggest issue. He is also impressing not only in his maturity but playing ability. If he keeps his head straight he could emerge as a solid slot receiver this year. His ADP is about 124th overall but is only being taken in about 4% of leagues, so at least keep him on your radar as the NFL season begins.
8. Rueben Randle - New York Giants
Notes: Randle has looked strong this preseason and he'll be taking over Mario Manningham's role in New York. This means he's playing behind two very good veteran wide receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, so he'll be fighting hard for receptions and targets. He's a solid fantasy football sleeper and if he gets the looks by the Giants and Eli Manning he'll create solid returns.
9. Brian Quick - St. Louis Rams
Notes: Being taken in about 5% of leagues Quick's fantasy value is very low risk, high reward. Currently he's fighting for the number one spot at wide receiver with the Rams, who had one of the worst passing games last season. So if he doesn't get that spot, I'd probably pass. He's still worth a look and spot on your radar for sleeper receivers.
10. Emmanuel Sanders - Pittsburgh Steelers
Notes: In most leagues Sanders is considered an undrafted deep sleeper but is still worth a consideration. I think it's only a matter of time before Sanders breaks out and with Mike Wallace still not in preseason he may have the opportunity early in the season. At least keep Sanders on your radar as the season progresses and jump on him if his value spikes.
Honorable Mention - Doug Baldwin - Seattle Seahawks
Notes: If Baldwin wasn't playing in such as crowded receiving core this season he would be one of my top fantasy football wide receiver sleepers. But he'll be competing for targets against several other veterans. Either way, he did post 51 receptions for 788 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, so he's shown the ability that he could emerge at the top.
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