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2009 Top Fantasy Football WR Sleepers

Fantasy Football Draft Guide – Surprise Picks

The next installment of our preseason NFL draft guide for fantasy football is the 2009 edition of our top picks for draft day Fantasy Football SLEEPERS at the WR position. It takes a discerning eye to distinguish the unheralded or unused players primed for breakout seasons. They turn fantasy teams into fantasy champions.

Dave’s Early Sleepers — WideReceivers

The wideout Position is the one where Sleepers could REALLY emerge. Pay attention, especially if you are in a Points Per Reception League. After all, a reception is usually worth the same as 10 yards rushing.

If we do the math, an average of 5 catches per game would amount to 800 yards rushing over the course of a season. PPR is no joke Folks – a WR sleeper that pays off is as good as Fantasy Gold!

When determining my Sleepers, I looked at depth charts, position battles, team philosophy, Average Draft Position (ADP) and of course the player themselves.

1. Donnie Avery – St. Louis Rams – Is here because he is the unquestioned #1 on a team with a former Pro-Bowl QB. Look folks, Marc Bulger is a good QB. Throwing in the dome doesn’t hurt either. The Rams aggressively addressed their O-line situation this off season with the hopes that Bulger would remain healthy. If he does, Avery stands to have a good season. You can’t ignore the talent of Steven Jackson in Rams land either. With Jackson drawing most of the Offensive attention, Donnie should find some open space and take advantage of a healthy, experienced QB.

2. Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – Hard to believe that Walter has an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 106. The 10th round could potentially yield you a player that is a shoe in for close to 1000 yards And possible 10 TD’s. Houston is an explosive offensive team that figures to get “Houston’s Wes Welker” a lot of work this year. Although he is being drafted as a bye week replacement, Walter could emerge as a starting option by mid season. He is a true “Football player”, one which every fan loves.

3. Domenik Hixon – NY Giants – Entering his 3rd year in New York, Hixon will be taking up some of the slack vacated by Plax. Familiarity in the offense, an experience QB, and the fact that the Giants Defense will give the Offense a few more possessions than other teams makes Domenik an intriguing option this year. There is a school of thought that rookie Hakeem Nicks will replace Hixon in the near future, but the Giants MUST win games in a market that will not tolerate failure. All the signs point to the need for a little experience in the Split End Position. Nothing, of course, is certain, but Hixon has the potential to surprise this year.

4. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – Size, speed, and the confidence of the coaching staff and QB are all I need to consider drafting Austin. He does have some competition in Pat Crayton, but I am not worried about it. Austin has the ability to be a big time playmaker while at the same time; he can double as a good possession type WR. I am not sure why poolies seem to be down on the Cowboys Offense this year. Romo is still a top 2 or 3 tier QB, Witten is an All-World TE and the rushing game is as deep and as talented as any in the league. The Boys are gonna score some points this year – no doubt and at Average Draft Position 155, you can pick Austin up at the very end and watch him develop into a solid WR3.

5. Sidney Rice – Minnesota Vikings – True Sleeper here? Maybe not! Rice is big and fast and is penciled in to start opposite Bernard Berrian. With the Vikes spending their 1st pick on Percy Harvin, Rice looked like the odd man out. But Harvin’s college reputation has followed him to the pros and now seems like more of a project than a sure fire rookie starter. He would have been better with Sage Rosenfels at QB, but the impending signing of Brett Farve makes Rice even more intriguing. Remember what Brett did for Jordie Nelson last year? Nelson was a #3 – Rice is a #2.

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  1. Sidney Rice’s stock went down once Brett Favre decided to stay retired. Domenik Hixon could be the best bet as Eli will be looking for a new favorite target to replace Plaxico Burress.