Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) runs for a touchdown during the second half against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Fantasy Sleepers of 2014: NFC West


Summer is approaching fast and so are preparations for NFL fantasy leagues.  Here is an updated list of potential sleepers from every team in the NFC West.

San Francisco 49ers:  Bruce Ellington – WR

Stevie Johnson is getting all the attention as the newest wide receiver addition to the offenese of the San Francisco 49ers.  At the same time it might be 4th round pick Bruce Ellington out of South Carolina that proves the most useful tool for Colin Kaepernick.  While short in terms of height, Ellington possesses a dynamic skill set from quickness to agility and speed that allow him to find open space, catch the ball and then make plays happen after the catch.  He could be called cross between Wes Welker and Darren Sproles.

Seattle Seahawks:  Jermaine Kearse – WR

With Golden Tate gone the Seattle Seahawks need somebody to step up and take his place.  Eyes will certainly be on rookie draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood but it may end up being Jermaine Kearse who claims that role.  The former undrafted free agent earned the trust of Russell Wilson last season, compiling 346 yards and 4 touchdowns.  With more experience in the offense and confidence, he should be on the radar of NFL fantasy owners.

St. Louis Rams:  Tre Mason – RB

All signs point to Zac Stacy getting the starting job for the St. Louis Rams at running back.  He earned it last season.  However, that doesn’t mean he’ll be the only one getting touches.  The Rams will want to add some speed and versatility to compliment Stacy in the backfield.  That would explain why they drafted Auburn standout Tre Mason.  He hits the hole fast, has a solid pair of hands to catch passes and doesn’t go down easy.  At the very least he’ll make a perfect threat for St. Louis on third downs.

Arizona Cardinals:  Troy Niklas – TE

NFL fantasy owners will overlook Arizona Cardinals rookie tight end Troy Niklas because of his limited production at Notre Dame.  That is reasonable but at the same time hazardous.  Despite having played the position for just two years he is already further along than many.  He might be the best two-way player of 2014 class given his blocking ability.  Coupled with decent speed, 6’6″ height and soft hands he is also an inviting target as a receiver over the middle.  This is some the Cardinals have wanted at tight end since Bruce Arians took over.  Now they have it.

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  • Henry Owen

    Rams should be Chris Givens. Has been a “fantasy sleeper” for both his years in the NFL in my team, should put up better numbers with Bradford healthy again

    • Erik Lambert

      He’s definitely a possibility but I don’t like putting stock in a player who needs another player to stay healthy to have a shot at producing.