Fantasy football leagues are opening all over the country, and eager general managers have already started to dig into some serious research ahead of their upcoming drafts. Pouring over stats, scouting reports, injury sheets, and mock drafts all in an attempt to get a small advantage over their friends or co-workers when Draft Day comes. While it’s easy to take Antonio Brown, David Johnson, or Cam Newton with a premiere early pick, things get a little tougher as the draft wears on. Here are some potential sleeper hits that you should keep an eye on when you’re picking your team this year, as any of these guys have the potential to breakout in a big way.
The Cam Newton led Carolina Panthers are pretty powerful on offense. And while Cameron Artis-Payne isn’t the first name on the depth chart when it comes to running the ball for the Panthers, he’s still worth a late grab and here’s why. First of all, preferred running back Jonathan Stewart is prone is injuries. He hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2011. Second of all, Artis-Payne looked to be a capable replacement with the limited touches he received last year, even showing off some pass catching skills to go along with his traditional running game. At just 26-years old, he may have a bright future ahead.