The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books and teams have already finished their OTA's and the next step is training camps, which begin shortly. For fantasy football owners, several of the bigger sports sites have already started the registration process for the upcoming football season and that means it's time to get your self prepared, if you want to win a championship this year.
There are several different methods to drafting a winning team, but in the end it comes down to owners that find those hidden 'Sleepers' in the later rounds. Doing some basic research is one way to find these type of players, but here is a list that could help those owners when your draft roles around later this summer.
Jarrett Boykin of the Green Bay Packers is not a player that will likely get drafted in your league this year. With just five receptions for 27 yards as a rookie last year that makes sense, but the second year professional from Virginia Tech is one of those players primed for a breakout year in 2013. At 6'2” and 218 pounds, Boykin has terrific size, but the better news for him and fantasy football owners is that with the changes the Packers made with their roster this off-season, this young man now finds himself as the team's number four receiver and while that may not excite owners, just look at the numbers from the last couple of years for Green Bay and how their lower tier receivers made significant contributions throughout the year. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers likes to spread the wealth and Boykin could easily mange 30+ receptions, over 600 yards receiving, and 4-6 touchdowns on the year.
Rookie wide receivers are generally a bad idea, but Detroit Lions youngster Patrick Edwards is a player to keep an eye on this year. Edwards will play in the slot for the Lions this season and his burst off the line and terrific hands make him a valuable asset, but the other reason for his status as a sleeper, Detroit throws the ball more than any other team in the league, making this young wide out a terrific selection in the late rounds of any fantasy football draft.
Rob Housler had a good season in his second year in the league last year with 45 receptions for 417 yards, but he didn't have a single touchdown, but that should change now that the Arizona Cardinals have a new head coach that loves to use the pass and the team added veteran quarterback Carson Palmer to the roster this off-season. At 6'5” 250 pounds and with good speed, Housler definitely has the size to become an elite tight end in the league and now he will have a quarterback and offense that will target the 25 year-old much more often in 2013. For those owners looking for a late round steal, this young tight end is a must have on your roster.
These are just three players that should see a significant amount of playing time in the upcoming NFL season and with some hard work and a little luck, they could be the player that propels you to win a title this year and bragging rights with all your friends.