Brandt’s sleepers get two-thirds approval

You all may have your Christmas Day, your St. Patrick’s Day or your Talk Like a Pirate Day — but my favorite holiday occurs when Gil Brandt hands over his fantasy football draft board.

What better way to prepare for the season than to compare draft notes with the guy who built the Dallas Cowboys? Especially the sleepers. Gil struck gold last year when he recommended taking Packers TE Jermichael Finley. And Gil has Finley rated ahead of 49ers TE Vernon Davis this year, and third overall behind Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates. Although Finley should be No. 1.

I won’t give away all of Gil’s secrets here, he deserves to keep some stuff to himself. But some of the most interesting things on his list include ranking Tony Romo over Tom Brady; Joe Flacco over Jay Cutler; and Terrell Owens over Mike Sims-Walker. Although, Owens is generating some buzz around the office.

But what about the sleepers? Glad you asked.

Gil’s three sleepers to watch this year are … before we go into that, did any of you see the Vikings preseason game last week? Because … just kidding.

Gil’s three sleepers to watch this year are Texans RB Arian Foster, Buccaneers WR Mike Williams and Giants QB Eli Manning. The last getting a glowing endorsement from former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. (Speaking of Talk Like a Pirate
Day …)

Foster has generated a lot of buzz, and is a solid pick considering that Steve Slaton is the only other option. Williams was a huge name during my fantasy chat on Wednesday. Manning, though? I might agree to disagree there. But two out of three with Gil is not a bad way to go.

Adam Rank

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