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SLEEPERS
June 18, 2010
NO FANTASY owner can get enough sleepers. The reason is simple: Uncovering these undervalued gems is arguably the most important factor in winning your fantasy championship. Not all of the guys below are deep under-the-radar players, but all of them have the promise of returning a dividend much higher than anticipated. Sleep easy
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June 18, 2010

Sleepers

NO FANTASY owner can get enough sleepers. The reason is simple: Uncovering these undervalued gems is arguably the most important factor in winning your fantasy championship. Not all of the guys below are deep under-the-radar players, but all of them have the promise of returning a dividend much higher than anticipated. Sleep easy

1 Devin AROMASHODU

BEARS, WR

WHATEVER YOU DO in your fantasy draft, pick Aromashodu. This undervalued receiver ended 2009 as one of the NFL's hottest wideouts; his four TDs over the last four weeks of the season tied him with Randy Moss and Sidney Rice for the most during that span. Aromashodu carried those good vibes into minicamp, during which new, pass-happy offensive coordinator Mike Martz praised his progress and rewarded him with a bigger role in the offense. Martz's passing carnival will result in big numbers for some receiver (not route-running-challenged Devin Hester), and the signals point to Aromashodu.

2 Knowshon MORENO

BRONCOS, RB

FANTASY OWNERS may be down on Moreno, who failed to crack the 100-yard rushing mark in any game last season. But they should not give up on this second-year runner. In the off-season the Broncos scrapped their zone-blocking scheme for a more traditional one, and Moreno looked much more explosive in minicamp. In addition, with all due respect to Correll Buckhalter, there isn't another Broncos back who is a threat to siphon significant carries from Moreno. Finally, there's his run-friendly schedule: Chiefs and Raiders twice, Cardinals, Jags, Rams, Seahawks and Texans.

3 Julian EDELMAN

PATRIOTS, WR

THERE'S NO timetable for the return of New England receiver Wes Welker, who tore the ACL in his left knee in January and had reconstructive surgery one month later. That means that fantasy owners should get to know Edelman since he will be stepping into the Pats' often-targeted slot position while Welker is out. In limited action last year Edelman played like Welker Lite; he had 10 catches for 103 yards in the game in which Welker got hurt. Seven months is a short time for a player with Welker's injury to return to 100%, so expect Edelman to see the field at least early in the season—and probably late, too.

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