Draft Kit '04: Sleeper Report

Originally Published: July 20, 2004
By Scouts Inc.
Jason Langendorf
(These top sleepers are ready to break out or return to fantasy prominence.)
  • Andre' Davis, WR, Browns. If anyone fits the profile of the third-year receiver on the cusp of stardom, it is Davis. He isn't quite as big as most top receivers, but he has enough size to overpower or get over the top of the few cornerbacks who are fast enough to stay with him. The Browns' shabby quarterback play and depth at receiver have limited his opportunities somewhat, but that no longer is an excuse after the team traded Kevin Johnson (in part to expand Davis' role) and signed Jeff Garcia. Davis must learn to create separation and set up his man more consistently on short and intermediate routes, because his after-the-catch ability combined with Garcia's short-range accuracy could make for some huge numbers.

  • Chad Pennington, QB, Jets. A wrist injury cost him the first six games of last season, but that doesn't explain why Pennington stumbled down the stretch (1-6 TD-to-interception ratio in his last four games) after firing out of the gate (12-6 ratio in his first six). The consensus is he had too little to work with and pressed too hard to bail New York out of a lost season, and there is no reason to believe otherwise. Pennington doesn't have great arm strength, but he reads defenses very well and has exquisite touch and accuracy -- which are most important in the Jets' West Coast offense. With Justin McCareins and a healthy Wayne Chrebet taking heat off Santana Moss, Pennington will party like it's 2002 (3,120 passing yards, 24 total TDs).