The Tennessee Titans 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 Titans? We’re going with running back/punt returner Dexter McCluster.
If you’re playing in a league that has punt returners then McCluster doesn’t qualify as a sleeper; he should be near the top of your list at the position. In 2013 he led the NFL with 686 punt return yards and ran back two for touchdowns. He wasn’t as efficient as some returners but in fantasy it’s all about quantity.
McCluster’s stats at running back thus far have not wowed anybody, but you have to remember that he was playing behind Jamaal Charles on the Chiefs’ depth chart and didn’t see many carries. His versatility gives McCluster a lot of value for both the Titans and your fantasy team; he can be used as a receiver, runner, or returner. There’s also a good chance that he’ll end up getting the lion’s share of snaps at running back while Bishop Sankey learns the ropes.
Keep an eye on the position battles through training camp – if it looks like McCluster is going to start don’t hesitate to snap him up to add some depth at the flex position. He is available in 97.9 percent of NFL.com fantasy leagues.