There are a lot of fantasy football owners preparing for the upcoming NFL season at this point in the year. That means finding fantasy football sleepers and putting together a draft strategy. Their figures to be quite a bit of talent in the AFC East, but what about potential breakout stars? Here’s a look at one player from each squad that might be worth the risk in fantasy.
New York Jets – Geno Smith
Some might laugh at this thought, but there is a chance that Smith really takes off in his 2nd season as the quarterback for the New York Jets. He was pretty lackluster as a rookie, making a total of 25 turnovers. However, he is looking solid in training camp, and it looks like he is going to hold off Michael Vick to be the starter in 2014. With Eric Decker, Jalen Saunders, Shaquelle Evans and Jace Amaro all added to the mix, Smith will have a bunch of new options to throw the ball to. He will be drafted as a starter, but he could be one of the best fantasy football sleepers at quarterback.
Miami Dolphins – Lamar Miller
When Miami signed Knowshon Moreno in the offseason, many instantly thought that Miller would be the odd man out. However, there should be enough room for both players to have a decent amount of success.
Last year, Miller finished with 709 yards but just 2 touchdowns for the Dolphins. He has looked good in training camp so far, and his improved physicality could help him find the end zone a few more times in 2014. He was supposed to be a breakout star last year, but maybe this is the time that he puts it all together.
New England Patriots – Stevan Ridley
There is no reason for people to give up on Ridley just yet. Yes, he had a lot of issues with fumbling the football last year, but New England still is holding out for him to have a bounce back year. They have very few reliable options to turn to at running back anyway, so he might receive touches simply due to lack of options.
Buffalo Bills – Robert Woods
With all the attention on rookie Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods has a chance to have a pretty solid season in fantasy football. If Watkins is able to live up to the hype, Woods will have a lot of single coverage to work with. He finished with just under 600 yards receiving last year, but he dealt with a nagging ankle injury and inconsistent quarterback play. With EJ Manuel settling in, Woods could be a wide receiver ready to take off.