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Fantasy Football 2014: 10 Best Sleepers Through Preseason Week 2

Fantasy Football 2014: 10 Best Sleepers Through Preseason Week 2

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The easiest way to lose your fantasy football league is to mess up the early rounds of your draft. The easiest way to win is to strike gold in the later rounds of your draft, while not messing up the early rounds. Here are the 10 sleepers who you should be targeting in your drafts.

10. Joique Bell, RB Detroit Lions

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10. Joique Bell, RB Detroit Lions

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Bell had a role much larger than that of your typical backup RB last season, and he was rewarded with more guaranteed money than the Lions gave Reggie Bush a year ago. I actually expect Bell to lead Detroit in rushing yards, attempts and total touches this season, even with a productive Bush. Bush is the 14th RB being selected in ESPN leagues, while Bell is 28th and going 44 picks later. I'll pass on Bush and pounce on Bell.

9. Josh Gordon, WR Cleveland Browns

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9. Josh Gordon, WR Cleveland Browns

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Bud Shaw of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland speculated on Friday that no news regarding a possible Josh Gordon suspension, at this point at least, can't be a bad thing for Gordon and the Browns. He believes that if the NFL were to uphold their original suspension, they would've come out and done it by now. Gordon was the No. 1 fantasy receiver last season, I’d much rather gamble on him than Hakeem Nicks or Danny Amendola.

8. Brandin Cooks, WR New Orleans Saints

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8. Brandin Cooks, WR New Orleans Saints

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Cooks is earning rave reviews as he enters his rookie campaign. He is an electric player with designed plays in the high-powered Saints offense. Sign me up.

7. Roddy White, WR Atlanta Falcons

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7. Roddy White, WR Atlanta Falcons

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Of all the receivers who had a disappointing 2013 due to injury, White is the guy I like the most to bounce back to his former self. He’s expected to line up in the slot quite a bit this season, and when you couple that with the departure of Tony Gonzalez, it should lead to plenty of targets over the middle, and in the red zone. White played like the top-10 guy last year once he was finally healthy. I expect that to carry over to 2014.

6. Torrey Smith, WR Baltimore Ravens

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6. Torrey Smith, WR Baltimore Ravens

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The Ravens' offense as a unit was absolutely dreadful last season. There isn't a doubt in my mind, however that Smith is one of the most talented receivers in all of football. The addition of Steve Smith, a year of development for sophomore receiver Marlon Brown and most importantly, the re-addition of Dennis Pitta should help eliminate some double-teams and open up space. I'd be thrilled to have Smith as my WR2, he's being drafted as a WR3.

5. Andre Ellington, RB Arizona Cardinals

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5. Andre Ellington, RB Arizona Cardinals

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I can't wait to watch Ellington this season. Few running backs in the NFL possess the combination of speed and power that he does, he reminds me of C.J. Spiller except with the ability to run through people. Ellington is one of the most elusive players in all of football, and he's one of the toughest tackles in open space. Ellington will be a star starting in 2014.

4. Kelvin Benjamin, WR Carolina Panthers

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4. Kelvin Benjamin, WR Carolina Panthers

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Reports from the Carolina camp indicate that the Panthers are rightly prepping Benjamin to be their immediate No. 1 receiver. The Panthers have absolutely no veteran receivers on their team capable of stepping in and being a No. 1 guy, and they spent their first-round pick on the rookie receiver from Florida State. The 6-foot-5 wideout should get plenty of opportunities to put up fantasy points right out of the gate.

3. Zach Ertz, TE Philadelphia Eagles

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3. Zach Ertz, TE Philadelphia Eagles

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Ertz has been lining up all over the place for the Eagles offense this season, leading me to believe that Chip Kelly plans on expanding his role as a receiver this season. Couple that with his great ability to get open in space, along with his supreme athleticism and tremendous size, and we could see the second-year TE break out in 2014. Ertz reminds me quite a bit of Rob Gronkowski.

2. Justin Hunter, WR Tennessee Titans

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2. Justin Hunter, WR Tennessee Titans

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Hunter hauled in four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' last preseason game. He possess a tantalizing combination of size and speed (6-foot-4, 200-pounds, 4.44 second 40-yard dash), and he's going to get plenty of opportunities in his sophomore season.

1. LaDarius Green, TE San Diego Chargers

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1. LaDarius Green, TE San Diego Chargers

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If I'm not driving the Ladarius Green bandwagon this offseason, I'm at least riding shotgun. He’s a physical freak who presents a matchup nightmare for anybody who will be assigned to cover him. In the Chargers' last preseason game, Green was on the field for all but one of Philip Rivers' snaps, and he saw time in the slot. With a lack of receiver depth, he will get his fair share of opportunities, and he should be a monster in the red zone.