7 Deep Sleepers for your Fantasy Football Drafts

In this article I’m taking a look at DEEP sleepers. Every fantasy writer with a pen (or more accurately an access to twitter) is raving about guys like Marvin Jones Jr as a sleeper but if you want him, you have to pay a 6-7th round price and he slots in as one of your starters. In this article, I’m talking about guys that you can take in the last couple rounds of your draft and stash on your bench, hoping they will break out.

Wide Receivers
Will Fuller (Houston Texans, Yahoo Rank 192)
Will Fuller was drafted in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 2016 draft out of Notre Dame where he earned a reputation as a deep threat. Scouts have called him a “Boom or Bust” player kind of like DeSean Jackson or Ted Ginn Jr. What better than a Boom or Bust player for your sleeper pick in the late rounds!? !?

Since coming to Houston, Fuller has impressed in the preseason and has won the starting job opposite DeAndre Hopkins, who will always be double covered and/or have the opposing defences best DB on him. If Fuller can keep the drops to a minimum, he has the upside of a WR3.

Ted Ginn Jr (Carolina Panthers, Yahoo Rank 173)

Ted Ginn Jr was the 25th best WR in fantasy in 2015 with 800 yards and 10 TDs. With Kelvin Benjamin coming back from the ACL injury that kept him out all of last year and a lot of hype around Devin Funchess during the preseason, many are expecting Ginn Jr’s targets to diminish. That’s a fair assessment but to knock him down from the #25 receiver last year #66 right now is an over-reaction, particularly given the fact that it still looks like he will start opposite Benjamin in 2-WR sets.

Ginn Jr (who once was on a high school relay team that beat Usain Bolt’s) is crazy fast and his speed works well with Cam Newton’s strong-but-not-always accurate arm. Even with Benjamin and Funchess in the mix, I see Ginn Jr capable of 600-800 yards and 6-8 TDs this year. WR3/WR4 numbers.

Running Backs
This one is simple, backup running backs who will find themselves in great situations if the injury-prone starter ahead of them gets hurt.

Christine Michael (Seattle Seahawks, Yahoo Rank 193)
Behind Thomas Rawls on the depth chart but Rawls is coming off of a broken ankle last year and is only debatably going to be ready for week 1 of the NFL season.

Bilal Powell (NY Jets, Yahoo Rank 122)
Behind Matt Forte on the depth chart, but Forte is turning 31 this year and is coming off of an MCL injury that shortened his 2015 season.

Spencer Ware (KC Cheifs, Yahoo Rank 186)
Behind Jamaal Charles on the depth chart, but Charles has a history of big time injuries, including an ACL injury that ended his season after week 5 last year.

DeAndre Washington (Oakland Raiders, Yahoo Rank 169)
Behind Latavius Murray on the depth chart, but Murray has a history of concussion and ankle issues.

It seems a little bit mean to hope for an injury, but it’s just smart fantasy playing. Stash one or two of these guys on your bench and see if the starter goes down.

*Note: I’ve had Christine Michael as one of my sleepers picks for the last two years, so obviously this will be the year I don’t pick him and he breaks out.

Tight End
Jared Cook (Green Bay, Yahoo Rank 150)
Jared Cook is entering his 8th season in the NFL and averages 500 yards and 3 TDs per season over his career. Hardly worth getting excited about. He also will be battling for snaps with last year’s starter and hail mary hero Richard Rodgers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0vVqStvh_8)

So why is he on this list? Over his career at Tennessee and St Louis, here are the QBs that have thrown to Cook – Vince Young, Kerry Collins, Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker, Sam Bradford, A.J. Feeley, Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Sean Mannion. Yikes… That sucks.

Now he has former NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers throwing to him and at 6’5″ and 250 lbs, Cook could be Rodgers’ favourite red zone target. Last year Richard Rodgers put up 500 yards and 8 touchdowns and if Cook beats him out for the starting job this year, I think Cook could easily do 700 yards and 8 TDs, which would be good for about 120 fantasy points and a top ten finish among TE’s.

-Petrie

Disagree with one of my picks? Have sleeper picks of your own? Let me know in the comments!!

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