Home run fantasy sleepers for 2014

Brandin Cooks among four players who can turn losses into wins

Originally Published: August 14, 2014
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

CooksDilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesThe fantasy stock of Brandin Cooks is rising rapidly this preseason.

The greatest satisfaction from a fantasy football draft is picking a team that goes on to win a fantasy football championship. There are many contenders for the second greatest satisfaction from a fantasy football draft, but high on that list is what I call the home run sleeper pick.

Home run sleeper picks are those sleeper picks that don't just develop into starters but have the ability to turn into starters capable of converting losses into wins. This definition naturally limits the list of candidates, but it does make any candidate who makes the list very worthy of a draft pick.

Here are my four biggest home run sleepers for the 2014 season:


Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

There are myriad indicators pointing toward Cooks being the favorite to win the offensive rookie of the year award. He was the fastest player among the top wide receivers in this year's NFL draft, has been dominant in training camp and had a highlight-reel play in his first preseason game.