The NFL draft is over and players are running around in shorts during OTA's and rookie camps. Already several players stand out likely to be sleepers this season and as such merit watching closely once training camp opens and preseason games begin. This list will change once the camps open and we get a better look at the crop of players for this year. But this is the early look at value picks for 2014.
Jay Cutler (CHI) - He starts the year drafted as an early back-up and offers big-time value there. Granted he is an injury-risk of sorts, He ended with only 2621 yards and 19 touchdowns last year in the first season of Marc Trestman's new offense but seven of those games featured multiple touchdown passes. Alshon Jeffrey broke out and Brandon Marshall excelled last year. All combined, the Bears passed for 4450 yards and 32 touchdowns in an offense that was being installed on the fly. That offense should be at least as good and more likely better in 2014. Throw in a better schedule that has them at home during all fantasy playoff games and Cutler is a tremendous #2 quarterback that will likely play like a #1 provided he remains healthy.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) - Last year ended with a respectable 3913 yards and 25 touchdowns plus 238 rushing yards in an offense that no one understood much less was highly productive. This year the Dolphins brought in new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor fresh from making Nick Foles a star with 30 touchdowns in over only 12 starts. His primary job is to squeeze every ounce of potential from Tannehill while trashing the ineffective and over-used running game of last year. Early reports are positive that Mike Wallace may actually matter this year.