Just because football season is over, that doesn’t mean we have to stop talking about fantasy football. A big question mark heading into the 2015 season is the status of longtime NFC West workhorses Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch. The top 5 fantasy sleepers for 2015 include their backups as well as some overshadowed rookie wide receivers.
It’s never too early to take a look at some solid value for the next fantasy football season, so let’s do just that with five of our favorite fantasy football sleepers for 2015:
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks
During the 2014 season, all the talk was this will be Lynch’s last year as a Seahawks. He’s getting too old, he won’t be worth the money, the Seahawks have too many other important players to pay, yada yada yada. Then, as he does, Lynch went complete Beast Mode and shut all that talk down. Now the chatter is Lynch might retire. While I don’t think for a second he actually will hang ‘um up this early, this is clearly a fluid situation. Probably the only man in Seattle who actually does hope Marshawn is gone next season is Christine Michael. A lot of people pegged him to break out in 2014 and the same will be the case heading into the 2015 season. Robert Turbin has been the more reliable backup up to this point, but there’s no denying Michael’s natural abilities.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Hyde played OK in his rookie season: 333 yards, 4 yards a carry, and 4 touchdowns. Not great numbers, but not bad either. He still has the upside of the first running back off the board in the 2014 draft, however. And with Frank Gore well past the age 30 cliff, it only seems to be a matter of time before Hyde has his chance to shine. With new coach Jim Tomsula at the helm, you can be sure the 9ers will stay true to their ground and pound style of play in 2015.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
As long as Andy Reid and Alex Smith are still around, you can count on Kelce being a top-5 TE in 2015. You read that right, top-5, I say. Kansas City’s TE finished 2014 with 67 catches on 87 targets, good for 862 yards and 5 touchdowns. With the Chief’s complete disregard for wide receivers, any tight end on the roster is bound to see a lot of targets. It just so happens that Kelce is actually pretty damn good to boot.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Playing opposite Antonio Brown is going to do wonderful things for Bryant in 2015. He came on late in 2014 and did just enough to make fantasy owners feel confident for the future, but not enough to propel him past sleeper status. Also helping his case was the display Odell Beckham Jr. and the other amazing rookie wide receivers put on last season, making Bryant’s sneaky good numbers of 549 yards for 8 TDs in 10 games vastly overshadowed. It’s not unreasonable to expect a 1,000 yard season and double digit touchdowns from Bryant in 2015.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Like Bryant, Moncrief is another rookie wide receiver that showed a lot of promise in 2014 but wasn’t given enough attention due to his freakishly good peers. But make no mistake, with Moncrief’s size and speed and MVP-candidate quarterback, he’s going to come on big in 2015. Move over, Hakeem Nicks and Reggie Wayne, it’s Donte’s time to shine.