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8 Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2012

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Over at the New York Times, I published a list of eight sleepers for the 2012 fantasy football season. It was posted last week, so you can go ahead and ignore that T.O. selection. Whatevs.

QB

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills – ADP 12.12

A lot of owners don’t realize (or simply don’t care) that Fitzpatrick broke ribs early in the 2011 season, hindering his play down the stretch. In the first three weeks, he posted 280 yards and 3 touchdowns per game. With an offense that’s transitioning into an up-tempo spread attack, Fitzpatrick has legitimate QB1 potential. He’s being selected as just the 21st quarterback off the board.

  • Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans – ADP 13.08

Everyone wants to talk about Jake Locker’s inaccuracy, and there’s no ignoring his 51.5 percent completion rate from 2011. What isn’t often mentioned is that 16.7 percent of Locker’s throws were at least 20 yards downfield — the seventh-highest rate in the N.F.L. Locker still managed to average a robust 8.21 yards per attempt. Better jump on Locker now because his ADP (which I’ve described how to use in the past) is steadily rising.

Check out the other six sleepers here.

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