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To stay competitive in any fantasy league, your top picks must play well. But to actually win your league, you need help from a few of your late-round picks.
A late-round selection with value becomes a trading chip to improve your team, or allows you to trade a "bigger name" player and receive even more in return.
To qualify for the "sleeper" list, a player must be selected after the 10th round and in a typical 10-team league that means your ADP (average draft position) must be 101 or higher.
We will use current fantasyfootballcalculator.com rankings as our guide.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina (ADP 103.8) - Olsen posted career highs in receptions (69) and yards (843) along with five touchdowns on 104 targets. The Panthers continue to ignore the wideout slot opposite Steve Smith (Brandon LaFell is not the answer) and Olsen became the de facto No. 2 target for Cam Newton last season. This trend will continue in 2013-14.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia (103.9) - It wasn't that long ago that Vick was a first-rounder. He's going to beat out Nick Foles for the starting job and he seems to be very enthusiastic about Chip Kelly's up tempo offense. Vick may not be an automatic every week starter, but he'll be valuable for any fantasy owner who doesn't want to pay the high price for a Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers and is willing to manage two lesser QBs.
Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis (107.8) - Cook has always had the talent to be a playmaker, but was never used enough in Tennessee. While St. Louis struggles to find wide receivers to mesh with quarterback Sam Bradford, Cook has come into his first Rams training camp and looked like their best pass receiving option. As an 11th-round pick and the 11th tight end off the board - he should be a steal.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego (114.2) - The Chargers have tried for three years to make Ryan Mathews into a workhorse back and for three years he's "spit the bit." Injuries, fumbles and mediocre production have the team looking for other options. Woodhead will be quarterback Philip Rivers' new "Darren Sproles" clone. The former Patriots running back actually owns a higher yards-per- carry average than Mathews (4.8 vs. 4.4) and he's a much better pass receiver.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit (126.8) - With every opposition defensive back rolling toward superstar Calvin Johnson, the wideout on the other side of the field has an opportunity to win one-on-one battles and make big plays. Nate Burleson had his chance and failed to make a big splash, but Broyles was just beginning to produce last season when he went down with a season-ending knee injury. If his knee is healthy, Broyles could become a WR3 and is certainly worth a flier in the 13th round.
Rueben Randle, WR, NY Giants (129.2) - This choice isn't about Randle as much as it's about the health of starter Hakeem Nicks. Randle will be the Giants No. 3 receiver, but if Victor Cruz and Nicks are completely healthy, Randle will have limited fantasy value. However, Nicks hasn't shown much in the preseason and the feeling is that he's still not 100 percent and fantasy owners should stash Randle on their bench. As a starter opposite Cruz, he could develop into a solid WR3.
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland (150+) - We all know that starter Darren McFadden won't play an entire 16-game schedule. He never has. Add in that the Raiders figure to be behind on the scoreboard in most games. Given this situation, a back who can catch like Reece could end up producing low-end starter fantasy points. He's worthy of a last-round flier.