Fantasy Football 2013: Wide Receiver Sleepers Who Could Be Late-Round Bargains

Nate LevinsonCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2013

Lions WR Ryan Broyles
Lions WR Ryan BroylesGregory Shamus/Getty Images

It's right around peak time for fantasy football drafts, and every owner is looking to find an edge to win the championship.

Predicting breakout players will be difficult, but there are always signs in training camp and preseason games that someone is ready to take his game to the next level.

Here is a look at a few wide receivers who could have great seasons this year.


Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions

Ryan Broyles is listed as third on the Lions' wide receiver depth chart, but don't let that deter you from taking the second-year receiver from Oklahoma.

He's coming off knee surgery, but "you would never know" it, according to Lions beat writer Chris McCosky of

Broyles has a special ability to get open despite less than top-end speed and was just starting to tap into his potential before getting hurt last season.

He burned the Houston Texans for 126 yards on six catches on Thanksgiving last year, and he should have many more games like that this season if he stays healthy.

The Lions pass the ball more than any other team, and Broyles will be one of the top beneficiaries of that this season.

Don't sleep on him on draft day.


Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

Golden Tate's value skyrocketed when it was announced that Percy Harvin would miss the majority of the season.

The fourth-year receiver had a good, but not great, season last year, ending with 688 yards and seven touchdowns on 44 catches.

Those numbers aren't indicative of his talent, though, and if he stays healthy, he could easily push for 60 to 70 catches and 1,000 yards.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times noted recently that Tate has been "the most impressive player in training camp so far."

Seattle will likely remain a run-first team this season, but with Russell Wilson entering his second season and showing vast improvement over the course of his rookie year, don't be surprised if the Seahawks pass it a lot more this season.

That means more catches for Tate.

Grab him on draft day, and reap the benefits all year long.


Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

Michael Floyd had a difficult rookie year in Arizona, but with a new quarterback and head coach in town, he is primed for a breakout.

New head coach Bruce Arians is already singing his praises. 

"I see him making leaps and bounds getting better," Arians told Darren Urban of

With Larry Fitzgerald playing opposite him and drawing constant double teams, the opportunities will be there for Floyd to connect with new quarterback Carson Palmer.

Floyd flashed his potential in the last game of the 2012 season when he caught eight passes for 166 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers.

Games like that should come with much more regularity for the former first-round pick.

The conditions are ripe for a breakout, so make sure you draft Floyd before another savvy owner in your league does.