New Staff Writer, Eric Zakrevsky weighs in with his top sleepers for 2013 - way to introduce yourself, Eric - with presents!
Michael Floyd (WR) ARZ - We should see a huge leap from Floyd's rookie year to this season. He looks like he's deemed to have a breakout season and become Arizona's clear cut number 2 receiver. Floyd closed last season with 14 catches for 213 yards and a touchdown on 22 targets in his final two games. Don't forget those last few games were with Brian Hoyer throwing the ball to him. This year Floyd will have Carson Palmer throwing the ball to him and should again throw for over 4000 yards with a good chunk of those heading Floyd's way. Palmer has been praising Floyd a lot saying "I've given him some chances on some 50/50 balls and he's three-for-three. You hope for two-for-three, you don't want one-for-three, but three-for-three is outstanding. I'll keep doing it, I'll keep giving him opportunities until he gives me a reason not to do it." If that's the case, I'd be reaching for him a bit earlier than his 130th ADP.
2013 Projections: 70 Receptions, 800 Yards and 6 TD's.
Robert Woods (WR) BUF - Woods will be given every opportunity to have a solid year as a rookie. He should be the Bills number 2 wide receiver across from Stevie Johnson. The only downfall for Woods would be the QB situation in Buffalo. Kolb isn't going to help any receiver's value too much. But if EJ Manuel runs away with the job, I'd be all over Woods in the late round. I could see Manuel/Woods put together a season similar to Luck/Hilton from last year. I've watched a lot of the Bills camp and I was really surprised at the separation that Woods creates and will be really dangerous out there. He should be pretty consistent with the chance of having some big games if he escapes for some dynamite plays.
2013 Projections: 65 Receptions, 750 Yards and 7 TD's
Ryan Broyles (WR) DET - I think Broyles will be huge for PPR Leagues. He should be moved into the slot this year and with that he'll be racking up the receptions. Matthew Stafford threw an NFL record 727 passes last year, so the Lions will be moving the ball in the air a lot again this year. For the stats that he could possibly put up as a WR3, he's pretty hard to pass up on in the 13th or 14th round. If Broyles can keep his ACL in check and plays a full season, I wouldn't be surprised to see him hit my projections below.
2013 Projections: 65 Receptions, 700 Yards and 6 TD's
Aaron Dobson (WR) NE - So far out of camp it's looking like Dobson is the favorite to start across from Amendola. The Patriots have lost a lot of their offensive targets and anyone on the field will be getting looks from Tom Brady especially early on while Gronk is recovering from his injury. Brady does like to spread the field and target all his guys so it's hard to say what Dobson will do from the get go but if they start clicking together Dobson will surpass a lot of the guys being drafted a head of him in the 12th or 13th round.
2013 Projections: 55 Receptions, 650 Yards and 6 TD's
Terrance Williams (WR) DAL - Here's my deepest sleeper of the week. The Rookie should be the number 3 wide receiver in Dallas behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. He will be battling Dwayne Harris who has a bit more experience than Williams but with lower skill level. So far at camp, Williams has been lining up with the first team in their 3 wide receiver sets so it's looking pretty good for the youngster. So if you’re having a later draft, this is a situation I'd be monitoring very closely. I think Romo will spread the ball around pretty well this year so Williams could have good stock value for a guy being un-drafted in nearly all leagues.
2013 Projections: 40 Receptions, 550 Yards and 4 TD's