[caption id="attachment_27307" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Mark Runyon | Football Schedule[/caption] With the NFL’s fantasy season nigh, an important part in draft preparation is to identify the players you’ll be targeting throughout each stage of the draft. Seasoned players and newcomers alike will probably be acquainted with the superstar names to be taken at the top of drafts, and some may participate in mock drafts, which give you a good sense of who will fill out the bulk of your roster. In a standard 12-team league, you’ll be able to fit out your basic roster in the first eight or so rounds (assuming you rightly don’t draft a kicker until the later rounds). That said, my definition of a sleeper is someone available in Round 9 or later (around the 100th player onwards) that has a strong chance of being a starter or first-up bye week replacement. The players highlighted below have an ADP (average draft position) of 100 or more in standard leagues (data taken from ESPN and CBS sports, amongst others) and therefore will likely be available for you to select once all the names you recognize/prefer are off the board. Each draft is different, of course, and due to the knowledge/preference of players in your league these guys may be long gone. Quarterback: Sam Bradford, St Louis Rams – There’s a lot to like about the former first overall pick, who finished 16th amongst quarterbacks in fantasy scoring last year. He’s got consistency at offensive coordinator for the first time, and an upgraded left tackle (Jake Long) and tight end (Jared Cook). He’s also got a ton of young weapons to throw at, led by the dynamic Tavon Austin. I like Bradford to finish inside the top 10 quarterbacks this year. Other options: Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (contract year!); Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver: Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints – I find it crazy that Moore is available this late in drafts. In 2012, he passed the 1,000 yard mark and added six touchdowns, to finish 20th on the wide receivers list. Now there’s even more hope for Moore, as New Orleans gets back on track with coach Sean Payton reinstated and Moore jumping up the depth chart with the release of Devery Henderson. Trust me: Lance Moore is not the second coming of Kevin Walter. Other options: Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks (surprising fact: he had seven touchdowns last year!); Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals Running Back: Daryl Richardson, St Louis Rams – With Steven Jackson in Atlanta, the door is open for a back to snap up the starter role in St Louis. Richardson or Isaiah Pead are the likely candidates to get loads of carries, which could be quite a steal for fantasy fans -- S-Jax averaged ten fantasy points a game last season, and you can hope for similar numbers from Richardson. Other options: Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles; Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints; Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions Tight End: Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears – After being hidden away in Dallas, Bennett had a terrific start to the season in New York last year, linking up with Eli Manning for six touchdowns. If Bennett can show a similar burst of points early in the season, you might be able to trade him for a top player -- or simply keep him, and have the best backup tight end in your league. Other options: Brandon Myers, New York Giants; Jared Cook, St Louis Rams Defense*: Minnesota Vikings – Although they finished exactly in the middle of the league last year (in fantasy points), you have to respect the Vikings defense because of one man – Jared Allen. They ranked fifth in the league in sacks, and added two first round picks on defense. Other options: Philadelphia Eagles, St Louis Rams *Obviously you don’t want to be grabbing a backup/subpar defense until you’re in Rounds 14 or 15, when these teams should be available. Hopefully you’ll be able to find these gems down the bottom of your draft, and they’ll do you well this season!