In order to win your fantasy football league, you will need to have some sleepers that end up turning in very strong seasons. Below are the top deep sleepers at each position.
Quarterback: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams- I know what you’re probably thinking here: “Why would I ever roster a Rams player”. Nevertheless, when you look closely, Goff is primed for an improved season. The addition of Andrew Whitworth will allow him more time to maneuver in the pocket, and the addition of Sammy Watkins gives him a go-to target. Goff should not be your QB1 to start the year, but stashing him as your backup is a smart decision.
Wide Receiver: Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills- Jones will look to fill the void left by Sammy Watkins. Albeit the fact that Jordan Matthews is higher than Jones on the depth chart, Jones will likely be Tyrod Taylor’s go-to option. This is because of the fact that Matthews mainly maneuvers in the slot, which leaves the outside for Jones. Jones is unheard of for the most part, and should fall deep enough in drafts. He is one of my favorite sleepers of the year due to is vast upside.
Running Back: Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts- At some point Frank Gore’s age is going to catch up to him. When that happens you will want to make sure that you have Mack rostered. Even though Robert Turbin is ahead of Mack on the depth chart as well, he doesn’t pose that much of a threat. Stashing Mack on your bench until he earns his opportunity looks like a smart move. You should be able to nab him fairly late in drafts, but don’t be afraid to reach for him and his immense potential.
Tight End: Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots- As we saw last year with Martellus Bennett, it pays to own Rob Gronkowski’s backup. Gronk has proven to be prone to injuries, meaning Allen could suddenly be thrust into a starting role in a moments notice. Even if Gronk doesn’t end up getting injured, Allen holds some value since the New England Patriots often run two tight end sets.
Kicker: Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints- The New Orleans Saints have had one of the most high scoring offenses each of the past few seasons, and more of the same should be expected this year. Because of that, Lutz will constantly find himself in situations to gain points, whether it’s through extra points or field goals. Make sure you wait until the last round of your draft to select Lutz.
Defense/Special Teams: Los Angeles Chargers- The Chargers had an abysmal season last year, but that blame shouldn’t be pinned on the defense. Surprisingly enough, the Chargers were a top ten fantasy defense/special teams last year. They didn’t lose any key cogs so everything should be running smoothly this year. Wait until the second to last round to draft them.
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