My fantasy football draft is the highlight of my autumn, every single year. Each year fantasy owners go into the season with what they think of as the best team possible. More often than not, this isn't the case. Here are five guaranteed sleepers that may draw some curious looks from your league-mates. But when the season starts, they'll envy your unconventional sleeper picks. Here are my top five:
5. Frank Gore
In an acquisition that surprised the football world, 11 year veteran Frank Gore signed a three year, 12 million dollar deal with the Indianapolis Colts. Gore had always been a fantasy staple in San Francisco. Last year, even with rookie Carlos Hyde riding his tail, Gore still rushed for over 1,000 yards for the 8th time in his last 9 seasons. In a new scheme with a strong passing game led by Andrew Luck, the Colts need a backfield threat. Gore is nothing short of dangerous on this team.
4. Ryan Tannehill
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill finally found his true NFL potential last season. The former first round pick threw 27 TD's last season even while lacking a solid red zone target. With newly acquired Kenny Stills and the development of Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller, Tannehill can definitely start to rack up significant yardage. His top two receivers are young, strong deep threats who will only continue to help Tannehill throw more deep touchdowns. Tannehill is worth a bench spot in a one QB, 8 or 10 team league, but anything larger than that or in a 2 QB league, he is definitely worth a start.
3. Markus Wheaton
Oregon State product Markus Wheaton is finally coming into his own. He played all 16 games last season and in that time caught 53 out of his 87 targets, however only two of which were touchdowns. With Ben Roethlisberger in his prime and Martavis Bryant as well as Le'Veon Bell suspended for 4 and 2 weeks respectively, Wheaton will look to make a huge splash. I would take him in any league towards the last few rounds, and if you missed him and he's on waivers, definitely try to claim him.
2. Brian Quick
Last season, Brian Quick proved his fantasy worth before a severe shoulder that required surgery sidelined him for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign. In his first four games, Quick caught 21 of his 31 targets, one of which was a touchdown. Quick has unbelievable hands and superhuman natural athleticism. Even more, some reports claimed he has WR2 potential with a FLEX or WR3 floor. Quick is definitely worth a roster spot in any situation.
1. Alfred Blue
After Arian Foster suffered a groin injury that needed surgery, experts have continually said nothing other than to pick up his backup, second year LSU graduate, Alfred Blue. Last year Blue showed his ceiling in a Week 11 matchup in Cleveland against the Browns, rushing for over 150 yards on 36 carries. However, he didn't score very much. With only two TD's last season, both against Jacksonville on separate occasions, don't count on him for TD production. But with offseason growth and a more mature offensive line, the sky is the limit for Blue. Snag this guy at all costs. Rather a round too early than a round too late.