Fantasy Football Sleepers: Sammy will sling it

By Hayden Bonine

Sports Blogger



Each week of the NFL season, you can find a list of sleepers here at the O’Zone. The fantasy point projections come from ESPN’s non-PPR weekly projections, the scoring format used is ESPN’s standard fantasy football format.

Quarterback: Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings

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Projected Points: 17.2

Oklahoma City native Sam Bradford gets the nod as a sleeper for the quarterback position. Bradford is matched up against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. The Saints ranked last in the NFL in pass defense last season. Bradford should have no trouble taking advantage of the atrocious New Orleans secondary with help at his disposal.

Running Back: LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles

Projected Points: 7.2

LeGarrette Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season playing for the New England Patriots. He now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles were 11th in the NFL in rushing offense last season. Their opening game is against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins were 24th in rushing defense last season. Even if Blount does not gash the Redskins for more than 100 yards, it is a realistic expectation that he will score a touchdown.

Wide Receiver: Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

Projected Points: 8.5

The Carolina Panthers begin their season in San Francisco against the 49ers. In the second week of the season a year ago, Kelvin Benjamin torched the 49ers, catching seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Benjamin is definitely a receiver to keep an eye on this week.

Tight End: Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

Projected Points: 5.2

Jack Doyle is entering his fifth NFL season. Matched up with the Los Angeles Rams, the Indianapolis Colts are without starting quarterback Andrew Luck. Scott Tolzien’s only start of last season came in Week 12. In that game, he completed eight passes but five were to the team’s starting tight end, Dwayne Allen. Look for Doyle to quietly have a strong showing despite his team’s anticipated struggles.

Defense/Special Teams: Los Angeles Rams

Projected Points: 5.2

The Los Angeles Rams are playing the Indianapolis Colts in the first week of the NFL season. The Colts are missing their starting quarterback Andrew Luck. The backup, Scott Tolzien, has not won in any of the three starts in his career. With a weak starting quarterback, the Colts may look to attack on the ground. The Rams’ defense will be fine with that, as they ranked in the top half of NFL rush defenses last season. Fantasy owners would be wise to give this unit the nod in Week 1.

Kicker: Matt Prater, Detroit Lions

Projected Points: 8.5

Matt Prater quietly had a great 2016 season. He was one of two kickers who made all of their field goals from 50 yards or further with a minimum of five attempts. The Lions play the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1. Prater not only hit all seven of his attempts from more than 50 yards last year, but he also holds the NFL record for longest field goal made in a game, converting from 64 yards. Even if Detroit’s drives are halted, its kicker can provide offense. 

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