2011 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Jacoby Ford

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Jacoby Ford has sleeper candidate written all over him in 2011.

Fantasy Football sleepers are always a hot topic in the fantasy football world, and we’ve already begun doing whatever we can to get your wheels turning.

So what if the Labor talks are in a crucial 30 day window, teams are still working as we speak and players aren’t just sitting around waiting for the outcome.

Sleepers are a funny beast, both in how a manager defines them, and the criteria that makes them up which sometimes can be debatable.

Basically, if the guy has already played, showed flashes of brilliance and could see more time this year…he could in fact be a sleeper.

Minus a few other aspects, but you get the gist of it.

Today I want to take a sneak peak at Oakland Raiders’ receiver: Jacoby Ford

Last year, Ford was a short-term hot topic waiver wire score for managers looking to patch some injury riddled holes in their lineups.

All things considered, Ford did an admirable job catching 25 balls for 470 yards and two touchdowns while adding 10 carries for 155 yards and two scores, as well as, supplying 53 kick returns for 1,280 yards and three scores.

But it is the news coming from Raiders head Coach Hue Jackson that should have everyone keeping an eye on Ford.

In an interview on NFL Total Access, Jackson confirms that he plans on having Ford more involved in the offense this year:


Ford is a small speedy receiver who has shown he is capable of doing greater things, and with more playing time, one has to imagine he will only build upon his 2010 total line which has sleeper written all over him.

Remember, this guy did have two 100+ yard games as a receiver (6/148/0 vs. Kansas City and 4/108/1 vs. Miami) and he only played as a starting WR for 10 games last year.

Obviously Ford is a guy you want to watch intently as the summer months continue, and as for now, consider him a huge WR4 fantasy football sleeper in your upcoming 2011 Fantasy Football Draft.