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Here’s the thing about real “fantasy sleepers” — you’d have to be a little nutty to take them anywhere aside from the last pick of your draft. And even then, there’s a good chance you just wasted a pick that might have been better spent on a quality backup running back.
The irony is that a player can’t really be considered a good “sleeper” until he wakes up.
Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Tennessee: Tight end Alge Crumpler is shaping up to be Vince Young‘s prime target in the passing game, mainly because the Titans don’t have the greatest receiving corps. Tennessee waited until the fourth round of this year’s draft to add to that group, but that doesn’t mean Hawkins can’t emerge and make a quick impact. He already has one claim to fame: Hawkins was drafted with the pick Tennessee acquired in the Pacman Jones trade.
Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay: Jackson was considered a big-time sleeper as a rookie last season, and his disappointing start opened the door for Ryan Grant to become one of the top sleeper success stories of 2007. But just because Grant now enters ’08 as the solid No. 1 back in Green Bay, don’t be surprised to see Jackson fulfill some of his vast potential.
Ben Obomanu, WR, Seattle: Look at it this way — Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck has averaged 3,400 passing yards and 24 TDs over the last five years. His top three WRs (Nate Burleson, Bobby Engram and Deion Branch) are plagued by injuries and inconsistency. So why not expect decent numbers from Obamanu, who averaged 15 yards per catch on 12 receptions last year?