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Donte Moncrief A Top NFL ‘Fantasy Sleeper’ For 2016

Posted Jun 22, 2016

Intro: After showing the Colts what he can do in 2015 — leading the team with six receiving touchdowns — wide receiver Donte Moncrief landed at No. 5 on NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano’s list of top fantasy sleepers for the 2016 season.

INDIANAPOLIS — In his rookie season in 2014, Donte Moncrief showed he could definitely make some big plays when given the opportunity.

Last season, Moncrief continued to build upon that reputation, giving the Indianapolis Colts some big-time production when his number was called.

In 2016, many believe Moncrief will take his game to an even bigger level, solidifying the thought process that, between Moncrief, T.Y. Hilton, Phillip Dorsett, tight end Dwayne Allen and others, opposing defenses will struggle to find answers within the secondary against this talented and deep wide receiver bunch in Indy.

OK, so opposing defenses will always have to account for Moncrief, but Michael Fabiano — NFL.com and NFL Network’s Senior Fantasy Analyst — said picking up the third-year Mississippi product in your own upcoming fantasy drafts might not be a bad idea, either.

Fabiano recently listed Moncrief as his No. 5 top “Fantasy Sleeper” for the 2016 season, meaning if you don’t grab him early on in the season, all indications are it might be too late.

“Dude, watch out for him. He’s one of my favorite sleepers,” Fabiano said. “Moncrief is someone that you can get probably somewhere in the middle-ish rounds — maybe closer to the middle to late rounds — who could really put up some very good numbers and be a bargain for your fantasy team.”

Fabiano says Moncrief has “thousand-yard potential,” which showed last season, when he had 64 receptions for 733 yards and a team-best six receiving touchdowns for the Colts.

That was an improvement upon his rookie season, in which Moncrief had 32 receptions for 444 yards and three touchdowns.

(For what it’s worth, Fabiano also says Hilton “could end up being a pretty good draft bargain” himself this year in fantasy leagues, but because he’s already an established No. 1, Pro Bowl-type guy, “He’s clearly not a sleeper.”)

Moncrief sat out the team’s offseason workout program as he recovered from a toe procedure, and head coach Chuck Pagano said there’s no point in rushing him back onto the practice field until he’s 100-percent healthy.

Moncrief was able to ditch the boot on his left foot for the last week of the workouts and run around a bit, so it’s possible he could be ready to go when the Colts report for training camp in Anderson on July 26.

“He’s on track, but again we’ll defer to the doctors and let them make the final call on that,” Pagano said June 9 about a possible Moncrief return during training camp. “When they are 100 percent we’ll put them out there.”

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