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Wake-up Call: A look at some 2012 sleepers

I've decided to start posting my rankings for the 2012 season on Monday, since it's a Friday at the end of the summer and everyone is getting ready to leave work early and head to the shore.

Wake-up Call: A look at some 2012 sleepers

(Denis Poroy/AP Photo)
(Denis Poroy/AP Photo)

I've decided to start posting my rankings for the 2012 season on Monday, since it's a Friday at the end of the summer and everyone is getting ready to leave work early and head to the shore.

Instead, let's take a look at some fantasy football sleepers for the 2012 season.

I will offer some sleepers at each position when I do my rankings, but I thought it would be interesting to take a look at two national sites - National Football Post and ESPN - that have recently posted their sleeper picks and compare the two.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST BOTH ESPN
 David Wilson (RB - NYG)
  Ryan Williams (RB - ARI) LeGarrette Blount (RB - TB)
 R. Meachem/E. Royal (WR - SD)
  Carson Palmer (QB - OAK) Vincent Brown (WR - SD)
 Mike Tolbert (RB - CAR)                   Jared Cook (TE - TEN)
 Jay Cutler (QB - CHI)
Michael Crabtree (WR - SF)
 Brandon LaFell (WR - CAR)
Kellen Davis (TE - CHI)
 Isaiah Pead (RB - STL)
 Josh Freeman (QB - TB)
 Jacob Tamme (TE - DEN)
 Mike Goodson (RB - OAK)
 Titus Young (WR - DET)  Peyton Hillis (RB - KC)
 Brandon Lloyd (WR - NE)
 Rasad Jennings (RB - JAX)
 Andrew Luck (QB - IND)
 Randy Moss (WR - SF)
Jon Baldwin (RB - KC)
 Christian Ponder (QB - MIN)
 Pierre Garcon (WR - WAS)

      
Doug Martin (RB - TB)
Tony Gonzalez (TE - ATL)
 Matt Flynn (QB - SEA)
Greg Little (WR - CLE)
Kyle Rudolph (TE - MIN)
Randall Cobb (WR - GB)
Mark Ingram (RB - NO)
Earl Bennett (WR - CHI)
Martellus Bennet (TE - NYG)

I find it pretty interesting that there are only two players that overlap, but it makes sense that it is those two players. I like both Palmer - especially with another season of experience for his young wideouts - and Williams this season.

I also thought it was interesting that NFP liked Meachem and Royal, while ESPN went with Vicent Brown. I highly doubt that all three will have breakout years. Not even Philip Rivers has enough passes in him to make that happen.

Both outlets also picked running backs from the Buccaneers, Doug Martin (NFP) and LeGarrette Blount (ESPN). I don't really consider Blount a sleeper, but after taking a step back in 2011, maybe he has been relegated back to that status.

I'll offer more thoughts on sleepers when I rank each position, but I figured this was worth a look.


Matt Mullin is a sports producer at philly.com. You can reach him by e-mail at mmullin@philly.com. Follow Matt on Twitter: @matt_mullin

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