Atlanta Falcons: Fantasy football sleepers for 2016
By Kit Anderson
It is never to early to begin to think about the coming fantasy football season, especially for those who play in keeper leagues. Here are the top five Atlanta Falcons sleepers you should target in your upcoming drafts.
5. Falcons D/ST
If you want to truly go out on a limb and take a gamble in your draft the Falcons defense this season is worth a late pick. Not simply to take a gamble but because they truly are a solid sleeper this fantasy season.
Dan Quinn has put a lot of time while the management has invested a lot of money in this defense. The linebackers, secondary, and lineman all are looking to improve and with limited defensive options they are worth a bench spot.
The Rams and Vikings are both solid mid-round defense selections as well if you wish to play it safe. Or you can always be that guy that spends an early pick for the best defense in the league.
4. Matt Bryant
Why is Bryant a sleeper? He just finished a very disappointing season that much like Matt Ryan will bump him a little further in drafts then he is actually worth. When you are ready to take a kicker pick him up. If you want to get one of the earlier guys pick Blair Walsh his team will be settling for a lot of field goals this season.
3. Jacob Tamme
Unless you are going to pay up for Gronk there are very few tight ends worth paying for in the early rounds leaving you looking for someone with a bit of upside. Jacob Tamme is that guy. He and Matt Ryan showed a consistent chemistry on the field that should continue to build this year as teams will have their attention focused solely on Julio Jones.
Tamme is well worth a late round draft pick if nothing else as a back up. If you don’t want to take a risk at the TE position and are unwilling to pay a top pick for Gronk look at Jimmy Graham who is due for a bounce back season.
2. Mohamed Sanu
Much like Coleman, unless you are in a league full of Falcons fans Sanu will be on few managers radars. He is getting paid like a top receiver and is going to get his first shot at being one. He did just enough as a Bengal to give some hope he can be a solid fantasy contributor.
He will not be drafted in many leagues if you want a backup WR with some upside Sanu is the guy for you. If you are looking for a bargain in the earlier rounds of the draft, go for Randall Cobb he will benefit greatly with the return of Jordy Nelson and could easily put up numbers higher then his draft value.
1. Tevin Coleman
Running backs hardly ever stay healthy all season some injuries cause lost time some do not. Either way solid back up options are very important for any fantasy team. Tevin Coleman (dependent on your format) is well worth a bench spot.
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Coleman showed flashes of being a very good running back and could be a great late round find if Freeman is injured or regresses. Another pick for RB may be DeMarco Murray if he regains form he could well be worth a mid to late round pick.