Fantasy Football 2013: Week 1 Super Deep Sleeper Ace Sanders

By Shaun P Kernahan
Ace Sanders
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Every week of every NFL season, there seems to be a surprise contributor that makes a splash.  In fantasy football, predicting who will be that guy could win you a week.  Granted, banking on such a player could be a very risky proposition, but if you are in a really deep league, 16 or 20 teams, and have a team that has some injured and/or suspended guys, you may need to turn to a flyer and hope it pans out.

That is what I plan on doing this season.  Each week I will highlight one player owned in less than 10 percent of leagues that has the chance of putting up some good numbers.

In Week 1, that guy is Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders.  Trusting anyone that is on the receiving end of a Blaine Gabbert pass comes with its own inherent risk, but luckily Sanders can add value beyond the receiving game, as he is the primary punt returner for the Jaguars.

Sanders was a dynamic return man at South Carolina, and he should have a real shot to return a punt for a touchdown on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.  That potential, plus the fact Sanders is the Jaguars No. 2 receiver right now with Justin Blackmon suspended, gives Sanders some real potential.

I fully believe Sanders can catch four or five balls for 50-plus yards, and if he can manage a return or receiving touchdown Sanders has double digit scoring possibility.

Sanders is not even owned in a half a percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, so he is pretty much a guarantee to be available in your league.

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