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15 Best Fantasy Football Sleepers

On draft day, don't sleep on underrated fantasy football players like the Falcons' Matt Ryan.
<p> On draft day, don't sleep on underrated fantasy football players like the Falcons' Matt Ryan, Bills' C.J. Spiller, Packers' Cedric Benson, Ravens' Torrey Smith, Colts' Reggie Wayne, Broncos' Demaryius Thomas and Titans' Jake Locker.</p>

It's fantasy football time, which means millions of fans will be drafting their teams over the next few weeks. Here's a look at 15 sleeper picks that could mean the difference between winning or losing your league this season.

NODDING OFF
These guys are fringe big names, so don’t sleep on them for too long.

NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview

A look at every NFL Wild Card game, with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
<p> A look at every NFL Wild Card game — the Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos — with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>

A quick preview of all four games on NFL Wild Card Weekend, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

Matt Ryan Should Be in Your Starting Lineup Today Against Houston

The Falcons quarterback should put up big numbers against the Texans
<p> The Falcons quarterback should put up big numbers against the Texans</p>

I’m going with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as a confident start in Week 13 at Houston.

It’s a tough matchup. Ryan’s got injuries on his side of the ball; the Texans are tough on the defensive side of the ball. But Ryan will come through for you this week as a starting fantasy QB in 12-team leagues.

Here’s what we’re looking at with the matchup.

Hamstrung by Julio Jones this week? Let Falcon fly in Week 10.

Fantasy owners are wondering what to do with the Atlanta rookie. Is he a reliable start?
<p> Fantasy owners are wondering what to do with the Atlanta rookie. Is he a reliable start?&nbsp;</p>

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones jumped back on the fantasy radar after his two-touchdown, 131-yard performance in a quarter and change against Indianapolis last week.

However, he did not come out unscathed from the Colts game. He has again battled the hamstring injury this week, being limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. He is probable for Sunday’s game against AFC South rival New Orleans.

It leaves fantasy owners wondering what to do with the rookie. Is he a reliable start?

Fantasy Football Week 5 Start & Sit: Quarterbacks

The Jets' Mark Sanchez is a solid start this week against the Patriots.
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<p> Athlon Sports NFL Fantasy Week 5 Start or Sit: Quarterbacks</p>
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Vick Goes Down, The Lions Go Up: Our NFL Week 2 Recap

It was a wild, injury-filled second week of the NFL season
<p> It was a wild, injury-filled second week of the NFL season</p>

Michael Vick returned to the city where he first electrified NFL audiences before his stunning fall from grace and equally stunning climb back to glory. Would he complete his return from scandal and ignominy by leading his team to a dramatic victory over the franchise that discarded him?

NFL Picks: Every Game, Week 2

A glance at every game on the NFL schedule for Week 2, with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports editors.
<p> A quick look at every game on the NFL schedule for Week 2, along with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports editors.</p>

A quick look at every game on the NFL schedule for Week 2, along with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

Michael Vick: Atlanta's Favorite Quarterback

Like it or not, Michael Vick still owns “Matt Ryan’s House” at the Georgia Dome.
<p> Like it or not, Michael Vick still owns “Matt Ryan’s House” at the Georgia Dome, and that will be proven when the Philadelphia Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.</p>

By Nathan Rush

Like it or not, Michael Vick still owns “Matt Ryan’s House” at the Georgia Dome. Vick is more popular than Ryan in Atlanta and always will be.

In fairness, Ryan would be the most exciting, charismatic CEO of Home Depot that Arthur Blank could ever dream of.

The NFC South Leads the Way in QB Play

With Cam Newton's big splash, the NFC South is stacked with top quarterbacks
<p> With Cam Newton's big splash, the NFC South is stacked with top quarterbacks</p>

By Josh Kipnis

This past weekend, we all witnessed history as Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers broke the record for most passing yards in a quarterback’s NFL debut. Even with his astonishing 110.4 passer rating, 2 TD, 422-yard performance, Newton still has a long way to go before he can claim kingship over the division. With Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Josh Freeman leading the other three teams in the NFC South, 2011 should be a very promising year for this division.

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