Every year a few players emerge from obscurity to win roster spots in the first sign that they can overcome anonymity and lack of pedigree to be relevant fantasy and NFL players. There are so many camp blurbs and preseason performances to wade through. It can be tough to pick out the flashes in the pan from the sparks that ignite a career. I'll run down my favorite names to monitor in each conference to help you sift through the deluge of information coming this summer.
DeAndre Carter, WR, NE - Carter was ultraproductive as a small school wideout, and his 4.44 40, 38.5 vert, 3.8 short shuttle, and 6.64 three-cone showed an NFL quality athlete at his pro day last year. He failed to stick on the Ravens roster last year, and he’s a longshot to make the Patriots 53. Still, if he shows out well in camp and the preseason, he could fulfill long-time beat writer Mike Reiss’s prediction that he will make a surprise run at a roster spot.
Dezmin Lewis, WR, BUF - The Bills third wide receiver spot isn’t exactly a vein of gold for fantasy football, but the job is wide open, and Lewis seems to have the lead heading into training camp. He was also very productive, even dominant at times against small school competition, and he is very fluid for a 6’4” 214 wideout. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Lewis is “making huge year one to year two strides” on and off of the field.