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2014 Fantasy Football: Ranking Every NFL Team’s Biggest Draft Sleeper

Ranking Every NFL Team's Bigggest Fantasy Sleeper

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Fantasy football season has begun, which means you should be keeping track of all the NFL action this summer. The key to a successful fantasy football squad is to avoid busts and find hidden value in sleepers. I've compiled a list of fantasy sleepers for each NFL team. These players will be excellent value picks or free agent acquisitions during your fantasy season.

Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer, QB

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Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer, QB

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Palmer quietly had a big year in 2013, throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd as his top receivers. His 63.3 completion percentage is the highest it’s been since 2007 with the Bengals. He’ll be dealing with tough defenses in the NFC West, but he's a solid bench player who can produce like a good starting fantasy QB.

Atlanta Falcons: Harry Douglas, WR

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Atlanta Falcons: Harry Douglas, WR

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The forgotten receiver in Atlanta's passing game, Harry Douglas had a great 2013 season filling in for Julio Jones, who was injured for most of the season. Douglas finished with 85 receptions for 1,067 yards and two touchdowns, his best fantasy season of his career. Now that TE Tony Gonzalez has retired, Douglas will continue to be a good receiver for the Falcons, even with Jones back and healthy.

Baltimore Ravens: Bernard Pierce, RB

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Baltimore Ravens: Bernard Pierce, RB

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A lackluster 2013 performance from Ray Rice and his two-game suspension have helped Pierce’s fantasy value rise. Pierce averaged just 2.9 yards per carry last season, but the Ravens' offense struggled as a whole. With a passing game that suffered, teams were able to stack the line on them and the offensive line wasn't as good. Rice is still the projected starter for 2014, but if he falters early, Pierce can steal some valuable touches.

Buffalo Bills: EJ Manuel, QB

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Buffalo Bills: EJ Manuel, QB

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Injury and a conservative offense led to a disappointing rookie season for Manuel, the 16th overall pick in 2013. He completed just 58.8 percent of his passes, throwing 11 touchdowns against nine interceptions. Buffalo traded away Stevie Johnson, his top receiver from a season ago, but they drafted Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall. Manuel is destined to improve heading into his second season with an improved receiving corps.

Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams, RB

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Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams, RB

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Still stuck in a running back by committee in Carolina, DeAngelo Williams has been the Panthers' leading rusher for two of the past three seasons. The former first-round pick finished with 843 yards rushing, 333 yards receiving and four touchdowns in 2013. With Jonathan Stewart unable to stay healthy and a questionable passing game, Williams should see an increase in carries and production this season.

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler, QB

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Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler, QB

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When Jay Cutler is healthy, he is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFC, but that hasn't come to fruition in two of the past three seasons. Playing in just 11 games last year, Cutler had 2,621 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2014, Cutler is the unopposed starter and still has plenty of viable weapons in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside, Martellus Bennett in the middle of the field and Matt Forte coming out of the backfield.

Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton, QB

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Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton, QB

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In his first three seasons in the NFL, Dalton has improved his statistics each and every year. In 2013, he threw for 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns. Dalton also has one of the game’s best receivers in A.J. Green, who he’s found on the field a lot, and a hefty new contract. If you should decide to wait on drafting a quarterback until later on in the draft, Dalton is the player you should take a look at.

Cleveland Browns: Ben Tate, RB

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Cleveland Browns: Ben Tate, RB

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Tate heads to Cleveland with his first chance to be a full-time starter. He’s still a risky pick because of his durability issues, but Tate will be heavily used in the Browns’ backfield as long as he’s active, especially if Josh Gordon is suspended. Rookie Terrance West could take some of his work in the red zone, but Tate is a dual-threat back with the ability to catch 50-60 balls a season.

Dallas Cowboys: Terrance Williams, WR

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Dallas Cowboys: Terrance Williams, WR

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The Cowboys released veteran Miles Austin this offseason because they believe Terrance Williams will be a breakout player. He caught 44 passes for 736 yards last year and found the end zone five times. He’s on a Dallas team with a number of potent weapons and on a pass-first offense. Tony Romo is a top fantasy quarterback who likes to spread the ball around, making Williams an excellent value pick.

Denver Broncos: Emmanuel Sanders, WR

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Denver Broncos: Emmanuel Sanders, WR

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Sanders goes from Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger to Denver and Peyton Manning, and although he won't be Manning’s top target, he will get plenty of looks. It’s almost certain that he’ll improve on his 67 catches, 740 yards and six touchdowns from the 2013 season. Eric Decker's departure via free agency for the Jets leaves Sanders as the third best receiver behind Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker.

Detroit Lions: Eric Ebron, TE

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Detroit Lions: Eric Ebron, TE

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The Lions didn’t necessarily need to select Ebron with the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft, but he’s made their passing game much more dynamic than before. Brandon Pettigrew is more of a blocker, while Joseph Fauria is more of a red zone threat. Detroit has brought in Joe Lombardi as their new offensive coordinator after spending five years with the Saints, and he can use Ebron just like he used Jimmy Graham.

Green Bay Packers: Jarrett Boykin, WR

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Green Bay Packers: Jarrett Boykin, WR

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There isn’t a lot of upside in being the third wide receiver in any offense, unless if it is the Packers. Boykin showed flashes last year, hauling in 49 balls for 681 yards and three touchdowns in a limited role. But with both James Jones and Jermichael Finley no longer with Green Bay, Boykin is likely to see the targets that those two would have had.

Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR

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Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR

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The Texans’ offense should be better than a year ago. Bill O’Brien was brought in as their new head coach, Arian Foster is healthy again and the organization has Andre Johnson back as their top wideout. Second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins is primed for a big year after hauling in 52 receptions for 802 yards and two touchdowns. With teams still focused on Johnson, Hopkins will get his share of one-on-one matchups.

Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE

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Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE

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An injury to fellow tight end Dwyane Allen allowed Fleener to get involved regularly with the Colts last season, finishing with 52 receptions for 608 yards and four touchdowns. Allen is back healthy and ready to contribute in Indianapolis, so Fleener’s targets could dwindle. But given how teams like to use two tight ends, Fleener should still be a productive fantasy tight end.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cecil Shorts, WR

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Jacksonville Jaguars: Cecil Shorts, WR

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Cecil Shorts has lacked a solid quarterback in the past and has lingering effects of a sports hernia, but he is still a productive fantasy receiver. He posted 66 receptions for 777 yards and three touchdowns in 2013 with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne as his quarterbacks. If No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles dethrones Henne and rookies Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are threats as receivers, Shorts could be in for a big 2014 fantasy season.

Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith, QB

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Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith, QB

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Smith is not the most attractive sleeper pick because he leads a conservative offense, but he can still put up big points. Without having to compete with Colin Kaepernick, he posted career highs in completions (308), attempts (508), passing yards (3,318) and touchdowns (23) in his first season in Kansas City. He is a consistent fantasy quarterback and can be a threat with his legs.

Miami Dolphins: Brian Hartline, WR

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Miami Dolphins: Brian Hartline, WR

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Hartline has quietly posted consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons for the Dolphins and is one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets. He hasn’t found the end zone much in his career (10 TDs in five seasons), but he did so four times in 2013, which was a career high. With opposing defenses still focused on Mike Wallace, Hartline will continue to fly under the radar and produce.

Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB

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Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB

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Bridgewater has not been officially named the starter yet for the Vikings, but he has the most potential. Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel are the incumbents heading into the 2014 season, but neither player has been impressive. Bridgewater would be surrounded by the best running back in the game in Adrian Peterson and a potentially great receiving corps led by Kyle Rudolph, Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings.

New England Patriots: Danny Amendola, WR

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New England Patriots: Danny Amendola, WR

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Injuries have kept Amendola off the field for most of his career, and his first season with the Patriots was more or the less the same as previous years. He was active for 12 games but started just six, pulling in 54 balls for 633 yards and two touchdowns. New England signed him to take the place of Wes Welker, but he couldn't stay on the field. As long as he stays healthy, he should be getting plenty of looks from Tom Brady.

New Orleans Saints: Kenny Stills, WR

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New Orleans Saints: Kenny Stills, WR

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It’s tough sharing the field with fantasy stalwarts such as Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, but Kenny Stills has proved that he can be a good threat in a potent offense. Drew Brees is a top fantasy quarterback who likes to spread the ball around to multiple receivers. As a rookie in 2013, Stills caught 32 balls last season, averaging just over 20 yards per reception while also pulling in five touchdowns.

New York Giants: Andre Williams, RB

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New York Giants: Andre Williams, RB

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Rashad Jennings is expected to shoulder most of the work for the Giants, but Williams is coming on fast this offseason. Former starter David Wilson was recently forced to retire due to a neck injury, leaving the door open for Williams, who rushed for 2,177 yards last season with Boston College. His performance in the Hall of Fame game leaves many excited for what Williams can do this season.

New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB

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New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB

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When looking at his 2013 statistics, Smith didn’t have a great year. He completed just 55.8 percent of his passes for 3,046 yards, throwing 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, but he played with poor offensive weapons. The Jets have considerably improved their offense this summer, signing Eric Decker and Chris Johnson, while drafting Jace Amaro. Smith can also be a factor as a runner as he scored six rushing touchdowns.

Oakland Raiders: Matt Schaub, QB

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Oakland Raiders: Matt Schaub, QB

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Matt Schaub was one of the major reasons why the Texans had a terrible 2013 season, but a change of scenery will get him back on track. Schaub finished with 2,310 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, but he was benched in Week 6 in favor of Case Keenum. The Raiders have been known to excel with veteran castoffs in the past. The last time the Raiders tried this, Carson Palmer threw for 4,018 yards in 2012. Schaub can easily do the same thing.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Matthews, WR

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Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Matthews, WR

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A star out of Vanderbilt, Matthews has an opportunity to make an immediate impact in Philadelphia’s high-octane offense. DeSean Jackson is no longer with the team, leaving Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper as their top targets, along with LeSean McCoy as one of the game’s top runners. At Vanderbilt, Matthews had back-to-back seasons of 90-plus catches, 1,300-plus yards and at least seven touchdowns. He is the front-runner to be the No. 3 receiver.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Heath Miller, TE

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Heath Miller, TE

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Miller has been a solid TE throughout his NFL career, but he exploded back in 2012, catching 71 passes for 816 yards and eight touchdowns. An ACL injury at the end of 2012 led to a subpar 2013 campaign (58 catches, 593 yards, one TD). This offseason, Miller looks to be back at 100 percent, and when on the field, he is still a favorite weapon for Ben Roethlisberger.

San Diego Chargers: Ladarius Green, TE

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San Diego Chargers: Ladarius Green, TE

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The Antonio Gates era is slowly coming to a close, and Ladarius Green is waiting to take over for the future Hall of Famer. In 2013, Philip Rivers had a big comeback campaign, and he is known to target his tight ends a lot. Green has the athleticism that will translate very well to the tight end position; it’s just a matter of when he’ll get his chances this year in San Diego.

San Francisco 49ers: Stevie Johnson, WR

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San Francisco 49ers: Stevie Johnson, WR

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A draft day trade to the 49ers will bolster Johnson’s fantasy value. Joining the likes of Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis (to name a few), Johnson won't be the primary receiver most of the time. However, he has a much better QB throwing to him in Colin Kaepernick over EJ Manuel. With many good receivers, don't be surprised if the 49ers open it up this year, giving Johnson some opportunities in the slot.

Seattle Seahawks: Doug Baldwin, WR

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Seattle Seahawks: Doug Baldwin, WR

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The Seahawks will continue being a run-first offense in Seattle with Marshawn Lynch, but Baldwin is slowly working his way up the depth chart and becoming a favorite receiver for Russell Wilson. Baldwin started a career-high nine games, catching 50 balls for 778 yards and five touchdowns. He has a chance to improve on those statistics with both Golden Tate and Sidney Rice both out of Seattle.

St. Louis Rams: Kenny Britt, WR

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St. Louis Rams: Kenny Britt, WR

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Britt’s NFL career has spiraled out of control due to Injuries and bad behavior, but a reunion with Jeff Fisher could help him become a good player once again. Britt caught just 11 passes for 96 yards and no touchdowns last season after being deactivated. A fresh start with a new team and a coach who believes in him will give Britt a golden opportunity to bounce back quickly.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh McCown, QB

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh McCown, QB

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A career season in 2013 stepping in for the injured Jay Cutler led McCown to a three-year contract with Tampa Bay. He completed 66.5 percent of his passes while tossing 13 touchdowns against just one interception in 2013, but hewon't have the luxury of throwing to the receiver combination of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, along with Matt Forte in the backfield. He is now throwing to Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Doug Martin with the Bucs.

Tennessee Titans: Delanie Walker, TE

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Tennessee Titans: Delanie Walker, TE

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Finally given a chance to start in 2013 for the Titans, a mess at the quarterback position didn’t stop Walker from having a career season, catching 60 balls for 571 yards and six touchdowns. Walker is more than a serviceable bye-week fill-in who excels with good matchups and is a solid possession receiver. Walker is also a big factor when the Titans reach the red zone.

Washington Redskins: Roy Helu, RB

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Washington Redskins: Roy Helu, RB

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In Roy Helu's two healthy seasons with the Redskins, he has been a good receiver out of the backfield, catching 80 passes for 630 yards. While Alfred Morris is clearly the better runner, Jay Gruden's offense calls on the backs being good receivers as well, which Morris hasn't exhibited so far. Given Helu's great hands and experience as a receiver, the former Nebraska standout can be a decent flex or bye-week option.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.