Yanotchko's Fantasy Football RBs/WRs to Avoid, Target and Sleepers

Although the fantasy football draft season is nearing its conclusion, plenty will have their draft(s) this weekend so our contributors will give some final thoughts on an early-round player to avoid, a mid-round target as well as a late-round sleeper for both running back and wide receiver.

As we split the groups up, we focus on a player we dislike in the first five rounds, a target we like in the middle rounds (6-10) and a sleeper available after Round 10. We are using ADP from Fantasy Football Calculator.

Here are my picks:

Early-round RB to Avoid: Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

The guy I am avoiding in the first five rounds at running back is Bishop Sankey of the Tennessee Titans, who has an ADP of 5.11. Sankey has slid down the depth charts, as he was behind Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster for carries in the final dress rehearsal game. I am always a guy who shies away from unproven rookies and would much rather have Ray Rice or Ben Tate in similar ADP spots.

Mid-round RB to Target: Terrance West, , Cleveland Browns

In the Round 6-10 range, even though his stock has slid a bit in preseason, I am still targeting Terrance West of the Cleveland Browns, with an ADP of 10.03. The reason I love West, is that Ben Tate almost always gets hurt, and grabbing a potential starting RB in the 10th round is great value. Tate has missed seven games in the past two seasons, and 24 total games in his four-year pro career.

Running Back Sleeper: James White, New England Patriots

As for a Round 11+ sleeper, I have been targeting James White of the New England Patriots this year. White has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, and he is sturdy enough to take goal-line carries. The reason I am high on White is that Stevan Ridley could find himself on the bench at any moment with fumbling issues, and also the Pats will look to create mismatches with White and Shane Vereen in two-RB sets.

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Early-round WR to Avoid: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

The WR I am avoiding in the first five rounds is Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, who has an ADP of 4.04. I don't think this is the case of father time catching up to Fitzgerald, more like the fact of poor QB play. Fitzgerald has not surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in either of his past two seasons, and I am leery of Michael Floyd and John Brown stealing targets from him this year.

Mid-round WR to Target: Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

The WR I have been targeting in the middle rounds between 6-10 is Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers with an ADP of 8.02. The Panthers have a totally rebuilt receiving corps, as they have lost Brandon LaFell, and Steve Smith Sr. The Panthers did not sign any premier targets either in the offseason, just retreads Jason Avant and Jerricho Cottchery. I will take that mid-round flyer on Cam Newton's No. 1 receiving threat, and remember Newton has never finished less than 5th overall in QB fantasy points.

Wide Receiver Sleeper: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars

My WR sleeper prediction for the year is Cecil Shorts of the Jacksonville Jaguars with and ADP of 11.11. Shorts sadly has not had the ability of durability, but even in an injury-plagued 2013 campaign, he hauled in 66 catchers for 777 yards. Shorts is a target machine, and the Jags are starting to assemble the necessary pieces to compete in the AFC South. I think the risk is worth it for a 12th-round pick on Shorts, who has a 1,000+ yard season in him.

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