The opening night in the NFL is slowly approaching day-by-day leaving us to wonder which NFL players will show up as fantasy sleepers in 2015. Yes we know the season is almost five months away but is it ever to early to start your fantasy research for the upcoming season?
There is no real answer to that question while some fantasy owners like to prepare the week before other fantasy owners like to take a look a little deeper. This includes studying the NFL draft results to see which rookies might creep up the draft board, looking at which free agents found new homes and which teams brought in new offensive coaches to their staff.
The biggest of the offseason preparation may come with finding that one fantasy sleeper who helps you over the top in your league. Last year that one sleeper in most leagues was wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr who missed his team’s first four games causing some fantasy owners to release him.
While it’s hard to imagine finding another rookie wide receiver as good or even a veteran who might burst on the scene there is always a chance. Here is our list of top five fantasy sleepers in 2015.
Michael Campanaro: As we looked around the league we tried to avoid some of the bigger name players from around the NFL. We landed with the Baltimore Ravens second year wide receiver. The team lost a key playmaker this offseason in Torrey Smith opening a door for a few of the team’s younger receivers to step up. Marc Trestman could look to use Campanaro out of the backfield as well as a slot receiver opening up his potential.
Carlos Hyde: Bouncing from one second year star to another as we like Carlos Hyde in 2015. The former Ohio State Buckeye should see his workload increase in 2015 with Frank Gores departure. Last season as a rookie Hyde rushed for 333 yards on 83 carries with four rushing touchdowns. Along with his workload the latest reports of how good Colin Kaepernick has looked this season also benefits Hyde. If the 49ers quarterback can play well it should open up the running game.
Blake Bortles: Sticking with second year wonders, we love the idea of Bortles taking a big step forward as a franchise quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last season Bortles struggled completing just 58 percent of his passes for 2,908 yards, 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. That being said the Jaguars added tight end Julius Thomas to the teams receiving corps to take off some of the pressure from the teams young receiving corps.
C.J. Spiller: The former Buffalo Bills running back should be a great fantasy option this season. Spiller who has shown at times during his NFL career he has the ability to break a big play could be the exact weapon the Saints were looking for since losing Darren Sproles two years ago. The Saints running backs were targeted at least 166 times in each of the four previous seasons. Look for head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees to line Spiller up in the backfield as well as at the slot receiver position.
Justin Blackmon: Have you forgotton about Justin Blackmon? Yea you probably have since he has hasn’t played in the NFL in awhile. Blackmon has a chance to be reinstated by the NFL opening up his return to the football. While he seems to be the odd man out with the Jaguars, Blackmon could provide some big time wide receiver help on a handful of NFL teams around the league.
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