Fantasy Football Sleepers: 2016

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1. Ameer Abdullah:

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Ameer Abdullah was a standout player at the University of Nebraska rushing for 5,278 yards and scoring 46 touchdowns. After being drafted by the Detroit Lions last season, Abdullah was in a running back by committee with Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Joique Bell, who took most of the goal line carries, is now off the team making Ameer Abdullah the main running back option on the Lions. With his talent, Abdullah will make good use of his new workload and become an elite fantasy running back.

2. Tyler Lockett:

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Tyler Lockett along with Abdullah was drafted last season to the Seattle Seahawks. He didn’t get much playing time until later in the season, but when he did he shined ending the season with 664 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. The value with Lockett comes with his speed with him running a 4.40 40 yard dash. This speed could make him an elite vertical threat this season. He also can get you points from special teams as he is one of the best kick/punt returners in the league. Lockett is showing hints of a Percy Harvin type season.

3. Jay Ajayi:

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Jay Ajayi was a superstar running back at Boise State having 2,358 yards and 32 touchdowns his final year. Ajayi was drafted by the Dolphins, but never had the opportunity to get any playing time because of starting running back Lamar Miller. But now with Lamar Miller signing with the Texans in free agency, Ajayi is poised for a breakout year.

4. Phillip Dorsett:

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Another vertical threat, Phillip Dorsett has a really strong chance to thrive this season. A product of Miami, Dorsett had an incredible 4.29 on the 40 yard dash and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. With this ridiculous speed and the absence of Andre Johnson, Dorsett could end up being one of the elite vertical threats in the NFL.

5. Markus Wheaton:

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Markus Wheaton was a valuable slot receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season having 749 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Now with star receiver Martavis Bryant being suspended the entire season, Wheaton has a chance to become a valuable fantasy wide receiver along side Antonio Brown.

6. Sammie Coates:

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Sammie Coates was drafted out of Auburn last season, but didn’t get much playing time because of the Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton trio. Since Martavis Bryant is suspended for the entire season, Sammie Coates is in a battle with Markus Wheaton to become the number 2 wide receiver on the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Coates wins this battle then he will be a very valuable fantasy asset.

7. Zach Miller:

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Zach Miller even with Martellus Bennett on the team did very well last season having 439 yards and 5 touchdowns. Now with Martellus Bennett leaving the Chicago Bears for New England, Miller could possibly be a top ten fantasy tight end.

8. Dwayne Allen:

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Dwayne Allen did very well in 2014 having 395 receiving yards and scoring 8 touchdowns. But in 2015, Allen played alongside fellow tight end Coby Fleener last season and did not do very well only having a mediocre 109 receiving yards and one lone touchdown. These awful stats were due to injury and Allen playing second fiddle to Coby Fleener. Now with Fleener playing for the Saints, Allen has room to be an elite tight end once again.

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