This is an obvious choice from a fantasy sleeper standpoint. In Kolb’s limited time on the field last year, two starts and the 2nd half of the opener, he showed a lot of promise and tossed for over 741 yards and 4 TDs (17 and 27 fantasy points respectively in those starts).
Entering 2010, he’s now the man and there’s a lot to like. He’s blessed with a pass happy coach, and abundance of talent at the skill positions (WR DeSean Jackson, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Brent Celek, etc), and could very well end up a top 10 fantasy QB at the end of the season if he can remain healthy for 16 games.
2) Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins, primarily a running/Wild Cat team over the past few years, will have a new look in 2010. The off season acquisition of star WR Brandon Marshall plus the expected improvement of Henne in year two as a starter makes him an exciting fantasy sleeper prospect.
In 2009, he tossed for 2,800 yards and 12 TDs, which translated into 136 fantasy points. He was forced to spread the ball around as Miami didn’t have a top receiving threat which defenses were forced to key on.
Parcells changed that with the trade for Marshall, and when you include the steadily improving Davone Bess into the conversation, who’s a specialist in the short passing game, we think 20 TDs and 175 points is certainly within reach.
3) Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers
Things couldn’t be set-up better for Smith to have success in 2010 and that’s why he’s a nice fantasy sleeper entering the fantasy draft. The Niners went out and upgraded its O- Line (OT Anthony Davis, OG Mike Lupati) via the NFL Draft and this will provide him better protection in the pocket, and RB Frank Gore looks like he’s ready to have a big season on the ground.
Couple that with 2nd year receiver WR Michael Crabtree, last season’s breakout TE Vernon Davis, and the fact that they play in the worst division in football, and it’s easy to see why Smith could surprise.
He ended 2009 with 18 TDs and 132 fantasy points in 11 games, but over the course of a full season, 25 TDs is not out of the question.