Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Sophomores Poised for Breakout Season

Ryan TolmichCorrespondent IIAugust 2, 2013

Fantasy owners hope David Wilson can celebrate with a few more backflips this season, as he looks poised for a breakout season.
Fantasy owners hope David Wilson can celebrate with a few more backflips this season, as he looks poised for a breakout season.Al Bello/Getty Images

The 2012 NFL Draft class has already gone down as one of the best in recent memory.

Robert Griffin III electrified the entire league with both his passing prowess and athletic ability. Andrew Luck revived a seemingly broken Colts franchise, justifying their decision to get rid of the best player in franchise history, Peyton Manning. Russell Wilson seemingly came out of nowhere to turn the Seattle Seahawks into an NFC contender. Late first-rounder Doug Martin exploded on to the scene in Tampa Bay to become one of the league's top running backs.

All of these players are guaranteed to be high-round fantasy picks. 

However, as most fantasy owners know, the difference between winning and losing in fantasy football often comes down to the sleeper picks. There is nothing sweeter than throwing out an "I told you so" to fellow owners as your late-round pick bursts on to the scene.

With that being said, let's take a look at a few second-year players who have a chance to become this year's sophomore sensation.


Michael FloydArizona Cardinals

Michael Floyd was fairly invisible for the first 15 games of last season for Arizona. However, his 16th game should be looked at as a sign of things to come.

After recording a mere 396 yards and one touchdown through the first 15 games of his rookie season, Floyd's final game against the soon-to-be NFC champion 49ers served as his coming out party, as the Notre Dame product exploded for 166 yards on eight receptions, one of which was a touchdown.

Floyd suffered through one of the leagues worst quarterback situations, as the revolving door of Cardinals quarterbacks did little to help Floyd flourish. However, the addition of veteran Carson Palmer should do wonders for the receiver, even if Palmer is far removed from his Cincinnati days. 

Floyd is currently owned in 73 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, but look for Floyd to benefit from the attention superstar Larry Fitzgerald receives. Expect Floyd to help stretch the field as he improves leaps and bounds from his rookie campaign.


Ryan BroylesDetroit Lions

Ryan Broyles is the definition of a player who comes with high risk, yet high reward.

Broyles broke the FBS record for career receptions at Oklahoma, and then unceremoniously tore his left ACL. The Lions spent a second-round pick on the rehabbing Broyles, who then featured in seven games before tearing his right ACL.

Broyles is expected to be ready for Week 1, but it is always risky to choose a player recovering from an injury of that magnitude.

However, the Lions see Broyles as a potential go-to reciever opposite Calvin Johnson, who is always going to catch the eye of opposing defenses.

Broyles is only owned in a mere 11.7 percent of ESPN leagues, meaning that he should be available for most fantasy owners.

If, and thats a big if, Broyles can stay healthy, look for one of the best college receivers of all time to take the opportunity to make his mark on the NFL.


David WilsonNew York Giants

David Wilson enters his sophomore campaign with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.

The bright lights of New York have been thrust upon the second-year running back, as the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw will give the Virginia Tech product a much bigger part to play in the offense.

Wilson will split carries with Andre Brown, but has exactly what he needs to be this season's breakout running back.

The speedy Wilson is a constant big-play threat, as evidenced by his 327 all-purpose yards against the Saints last season.

Wilson showed glimpses of brilliance in both the running and punt return games, despite his struggles with ball security early last season.

Wilson will have to step up when called upon, as the Giants will use his speed to counteract Brown's bruising goal line runs. 

ESPN currently has Wilson ranked as the number 17 running back, but look for Wilson's big play ability to make him a valuable fantasy asset. 


Who do you think will breakout this season? Have your say with a comment below or tweet @R_Tolmich with your ideas for potential fantasy sleepers!