The Cincinnati Bengals training camp kicked off today, which means that the 2014 NFL season is so close we can almost taste it. That also means that another all-important season is about to begin: fantasy football.
I know that some of you may not be fantasy football fanatics, but don’t you think it’s time that you got in on the craze? Over 30 million people play every year and it gives you a great excuse to watch football all day Sunday as opposed to just your favorite team’s games.
Fantasy drafts are going on every day all over the internet, so you can join any time. So if you haven’t already go ahead and sign up. I’ll wait. No really. Do it.
Alright, to help get you ready for the coming fantasy football season we’re compiling a list of the top sleepers for every team in the NFL.
For the uninitiated, a fantasy sleeper is a player who is not widely known and is usually a (fantasy) free agent at the start of the season. He should be someone who you think is going to have better stats than he has in the past (whether for just one week or a full season.)
So, who is the top fantasy sleeper for this year’s Bengals? We’re going with wide receiver Marvin Jones.
I know it seems odd to list Jones as a sleeper given how good he was last season, but he’s still flying under the radar considering his production. Right now Jones is only owned in 61 percent of NFL.com fantasy leagues.
Jones made a huge sophomore leap in 2013; his targets jumped from 32 to 80, total receiving yards from 201 to 712, and touchdowns from one to ten. Jones may not put up the kind of numbers that A.J. Green does, but he also won’t see as much double coverage, which means he’ll have more opportunities to score as he develops. Those touchdown numbers are hard to duplicate but I think Jones may have as many as 1,000 yards in 2014.
If you miss your draft or just don’t like the receivers you end up with, check to see if Jones is available and if he is don’t hesitate to pick him up.