Dynasty Fantasy Football: Top 10 Sleepers for 2014

Author’s Note: This piece originally went up in January, and it’s become my most-viewed article at RotoViz. Since it continues to be heavily read, I recently updated the outlook for each player to address his situation now that free agency and the draft have concluded. All of the original text remains, so you can compare my first take with what we now know. I’ve also added a list of subsequent articles that fall under the general umbrella of sleeper/breakout/undervalued. If you’re a RotoViz newcomer and want to get the most bang for your free-view, please consider Zero RB, Antifragility, and the Myth of Value-Based Drafting.  
1. Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams RotoViz absolutely loved Zac Stacy heading into the 2013 season, and that enthusiasm paid off in a big way. Our only caveat: Benny Cunningham was a pretty good prospect himself. Fast forward one season, and Cunningham seems to have distanced himself from Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson for the backup role. When you compare the production of Stacy and Cunningham, you run into all types of sample size and strength of schedule issues. It’s still interesting that Stacy averaged 3.9 yards per carry while Cunningham was up at 5.6. The Rams play in a difficult division and don’t do their backs any favors with blocking or scheme. But they are willing to provide a high number of touches, and they prefer to avoid committees when possible. If you believe Sam Bradford and the offense will finally take a step forward next season, then Cunningham should be a priority acquisition. He would have Top 10 running back potential with an injury to Stacy. June update: Cunningham loses a lot of value with the Tre Mason selection, but don’t cut him in deeper dynasty leagues or trade him away for nothing. Based on the above argument and questions about Mason’s readiness, it’s still possible Cunningham will be the No. 2 in 2014. 

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By Shawn Siegele | @ff_contrarian | Archive