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With week one of the fantasy football season over and week two looming, I’ve had a lot of friends ask me what “sleepers” still might be available in their league that they could potentially add to their roster.

sleep·er ˈslēpər (noun): a term used by fantasy football team owners that denotes a player who has yet to make a big splash in the NFL, but has the potential to have a breakout fantasy season.

While I’m always happy to give me expert advice to friends and strangers alike (as long as the person asking isn’t in one of the 11 leagues I’m playing in), I do get slightly perturbed by the term “sleeper”. 7-Super-Deep-Fantasy-Football-Sleepers-2015

Every year dozens of articles are published seemingly every day talking about sleepers-this and sleepers-that. But the vast majority of the time they are all talking about the same players.

Think about that for a second…

If all the popular Fantasy Football websites and magazines are talking about the same sleepers, how much of a sleeper can they really be?!

Because I’m not the type of guy who’s going to lazily rehash what everyone else has said about sleepers so far, I am going to make you look like a fantasy genius by identifying some players nobody has ever heard of that at some point could have solid value.

So with that, lets take a look at my Super Deep Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2015. Continue Reading…

The Detroit Lions royally screwed up in the handling of Ndamukong Suh and his rookie contract when they restructured it not once, but twice.

While the restructuring in the short term made some sense, the end result was that the Lions were left in a horrible predicament in the 2015 off-season.

Suh BannerBecause Martin Mayhew and the Lions management team couldn’t lock up Suh long-term prior to free agency, they essentially had two options in handling Suh:

  1. The could apply the franchise tag and Suh would remain a Lion for 2015 and get paid a whopping $28 million.
  2. They could forgo using the franchise tag and attempt to sign Suh as a free-agent.

We all know what happened next.

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After completing a season long series of Fantasy Football articles, my bosses were so impressed that I was asked to write a weekly column covering the current hot topics of Detroit sports.

At first I wasn’t sure because I’m pretty busy with my regular job, but after minutes of negotiation I decided that their offer of not firing me if I did this was more than enough to persuade me to take the gig.

So now that Fantasy Football is over, I am going to dive right into the Detroit sports scene giving you the coverage you crave in an exciting and unique way.

I had hoped my first post would be about something happy like the hiring of Jim Harbaugh or a Lions playoff victory. But due to unforeseen flag pick-ups, plans have changed!

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So as we collectively sit back and bemoan the opportunity that was ripped out from under us by the poor officiating in our recent playoff (fix) loss at Dallas, that got me thinking – how does the Flax Fix of the 2014 NFL Wild Card Playoff game rank among the all-time worst calls in Detroit Sports History?

I’m going to warn you, reliving these 8 terrible calls may make you a little sad and angry all over again, so grab some tissues and a pillow to punch just in case.

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You have made it through all the injuries, the game time decisions, the tough matchups, the crazy bye weeks and the moment we have all been waiting for has arrived… It’s the Fantasy Football Finals!

Only 2 teams remain and this is the time where the tough decisions make all the difference.

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Better player with a tough matchup vs lesser player with better matchups, top QB vs tough Defense or mid-level QB with the amazing matchup, top QB in a bad weather game or ok you get it….

In my final fantasy football blog of the season I will go over some matchups that could derail some fantasy studs and I will suggest some possible waiver wire gems that could convert guts into glory!

Here are some players that I’m guessing are on a number of teams in the finals that I think may struggle this week due to bad matchups:

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Every year in Fantasy Football there are guys that seemingly come out of nowhere to help your team dominate and then there are those other guys.

And by those other guys, I mean the guys you drafted early who were supposed to carry your team but they either got hurt or they seem to completely forget how to play football.

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A prime example of this happened last year with then Cleveland Browns RB, Trent Richardson – a top 15 pick in most fantasy leagues.

After Richardson was traded to the Colts, fantasy owners got even more excited (I was one of them) because now he was the RB in a high powered offense that was primed to score a ton of points.

What happened next however was not expected. Richardson looked slow, was awful and essentially fell flat on his face dashing the championship dreams of so many fantasy owners.

This year has been no different.

The trend continues as we have some Fantasy Surprises and Letdowns that have come to light after the first 2 weeks.

Let’s check em’ out!3

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Things looking bad for your fantasy football team after Week 1?

Maybe you’re in the exact same position I’m in. You lost your game, two of your running backs got hurt and your starting QB was awful (true story).

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Clearly things aren’t looking up and you’re now in a nice hole to start the season.

But if there is one thing that I have learned over the years of playing fantasy football, it’s do not over-react, do not panic and do not trade or drop any players based off week one’s results.

This is the classic reaction for a lot of Fantasy Players, they realize that the football season is short and they don’t want to fall too far behind.

I totally understand that and I would just like to remind you that all you have to do is win enough games to make the playoffs!

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I get it, I really do. We all love to be the guy that predicts something before anybody else does.

One of the great things about fantasy football is that it gives us the opportunity to step out on a limb and take a chance on a guy that nobody has heard of in hopes that they make you look like a genius by having a breakout season.

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Over the years these types of players have become known as ‘Sleepers’ and without a doubt, having a sleeper or two on your fantasy football team is often the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league.

The problem is that because of the various magazines, blogs and websites dedicated to fantasy sports, it’s become more difficult to identify true sleepers.

If you look closely at these blogs and magazines (like I do) you’ll see that each publication pretty much identifies the same players as sleepers.

So the question is If everybody is tagging the same player as a ‘sleeper’, doesn’t that just make them a mainstream pick?

You bet it does!

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If you want to dominate your fantasy football draft this season, you’re going to have to prepare harder than you ever have before.

But don’t worry folks, I’m here to help you not just dominate your fantasy football draft, but to give you the tools you need to win your whole league.

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Unless you’re playing in one of my leagues that is…if you are, there’s nothing to see here. Move along….move along.

editors note: Jeremy Sheldon is the resident eCommerce Guru for the LaFontaine Automotive Group. He’s also one of the biggest fantasy sports geeks that I’ve ever met (he plays fantasy NASCAR for cryin’ out loud). This is Jeremy’s first article covering the fantasy football landscape in a series we expect to run all season long. -JS

The tips that I’ve provided below are directly out of my own fantasy football draft playbook. These are proven tips that I have personally used over the years to win the fantasy leagues that I play in.

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