Fantasy football veterans know the importance of drafting players that are on track to have a big year, but are not getting the recognition that they deserve. These types of players are considered “sleepers” because at any moment they can go from zero to hero. Picking the right sleepers can be tricky because there is some risk involved. Your sleeper pick might not perform as expected, and as a result, you wasted a roster spot for him. However, there are times when you sleeper pick makes a huge contribution and it helps rockets your team into playoffs.
Last year, LeGarrette Blount wasn’t drafted until the later rounds; however, he ended up being the seventh best RB in the league. And who can forget the freak known as Tyreek Hill. It wasn’t until the eighth game of the season until Tyreek hit the afterburners, but once he did, no one could stop him. Tyreek ended up out performing big names like Larry Fitzgerald, Kelvin Benjamin, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, and others.
This article is designed to help you draft late round sleepers that have the potential to give your team the edge and a championship.
Fantasy football players, even rookies like grandma, know that you should draft Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, and others during the early part of the draft. But did you know that in most leagues it is better to wait on a QB? Third and sometimes fourth tier quarterbacks still hold a good value in most scoring formats. Waiting on a QB allows you to scoop up more running backs and/or wide receivers earlier in the draft. Think about it for a minute. You can only play one QB, but you can play three RB or WR if you count your flex position. Mathematically, RBs and WRs hold more value than QBs.
This year I believe Eli Manning is going to fantasy relevant. I’m making this prediction based solely on the fact that Brandon Marshall has been added to the Giant’s roster. Manning now has another deep threat that can be counted on. Look for Manning to be chucking the ball deep, all day long.
The “Red Rifle” Andy Dalton could have his best year yet because his offensive core is finally healthy. Not only that, the Bengals might have a decent running game going with Jeremy Hill, Giovoni Bernard, and new recruit Joe Mixon. The running threat should open it up for Dalton to launch some deep passes. I’d also like to add that Dalton faces some of the most porous defenses in his division that he’ll should be able to carve up.
With the pool of go-to running backs drying up, it’s important to grab a running back that will see a lot of action. Try to stay away from teams that use a running back committee. That being said, when your looking to grab a sleeper RB think about teams that might use a committee. You want to grab that RB that might get mostly goal line work, or fighting to be the number one back on the team.
Jacquizz Rodgers is going to filling in for the “Muscle Hamster” Doug Martin for at least the first three games of the season since Martin is serving a suspension. It’s being reported that Jacquizz is looking good so it’s possible that Jacquizz might take over the starting position for Martin.
During the last four weeks of last season, Bilal Powell was the number two running back in the NFL. He is often described as “explosive”, “powerful”, and “The Beast of the East” (I made that last description up). Do not sleep on this dude because he is looking to take the starting job away from a slow and aging Matt Forte.
Watching your WR streak down the field for a long bomb is a thing of beauty. I like to stick to guys that are consistent, but sometimes the boom-or-bust guys help when you are going against a good matchup. Here are some young guns that are ready to take off and help lead your team to victory.
I promise you that I am not a NY Jets fan. I just can’t overlook some of the promising talent there, especially the speedy Robby Anderson. This guy can catch and fly. Now that the No.1 receiver Quincy Enunwa is out for the year, expect Robby to be the guy.
Julio Jones is a monster, but he isn’t always healthy and defenses typically hang all over him leaving Taylor Gabriel to get open. Last year Gabriel was able to break free and be counted on by the always heaving it Matt Ryan. Look for Gabriel’s role increase this year.
Tight ends can give you a hand, but more often than not they fall short of doing anything spectacular. The key to a good tight end is one that is relied on heavily in the passing game, of course.
Zach Ertz is one of the most targeted tight ends in the biz. He often gets overlooked because his QB is mediocre. It’s true that Carson Wentz isn’t Tom Brady, but Wentz loves to target Ertz. Now that the Eagles traded away Jordan Matthews, I can foresee Ertz getting a lot more touches.
Charles Clay is in a position similar to Zach Ertz. The Bills got rid of their No. 1 receiver (Sammy Watkins) and the player they got to replace him, Jordan Matthews, is laid up with a chip fracture in his sternum. Keep an eye out because he is going to get a lot of work.
What do you think? Who is a sleeper that your considering? Add your two cents in the comment section.