Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers to Target
The key to winning your fantasy football league is more than getting big names at the top of your draft, targeting the little-known players at the end of your draft is key to season-long success. Along the way you’ll have some misses, but going into your draft with a set of deep sleepers to target will increase your chances of success. The list below will give you five fantasy football deep sleepers to target. These sleepers should NOT be drafted in your patty-cake 8-man or even some 10-man formats, but if you are in a 12, 14, 16 or deeper leagues, going after these guys below will help increase your chances of taking home the coveted championship.
1. Tajae Sharpe-WR-Titans
- I have fallen in love with Sharpe this off-season, and so have the Titans. The rookie out of UMass has climbed the Tennessee depth chart and has a serious shot to be the No.1 WR when the regular season begins. With a franchise QB in Marcus Mariota, Sharpe has serious WR2 potential in most formats.
2. Jerick McKinnion-RB-Vikings
- One injury to Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon is a potential Top 10 fantasy running back. If you draft Peterson (he is going way too early in every draft I have participated in) then you BETTER handcuff McKinnon with him. He is going undrafted in a lot of leagues, so why not use your last or second last pick on a guy who could be a savior, or just to burn the owner who took Peterson.
3. Paul Perkins-RB-Giants
Perkins could very well be the most talented back on the Giants roster, but currently he is towards the bottom on their depth chart. Selecting Perkins will not pay off until we are closer to the mid-way point of the season, but when he does start to contribute he could be a dangerous threat to own. The Giants backfield is a mess, but Perkins adds even more value in the receiving game.
4. Paxton Lynch-QB-Broncos
- Trevor Siemien is the Broncos starting QB Week 1. But there are 15 other games Denver will want to win. Can Siemien really be that guy? Brandon Reid and I discussed this on our latest Fantasy Football Podcast, and we both agree before the season is over we will see Lynch under center (Brandon thinks it will happen a lot sooner than later). Either way, Lynch has the skill-set to be a solid QB in the NFL and it could translate to fantasy immediately as well– similar to a Winston or Mariota last season.
5. Javorius Allen-RB-Ravens
- Similar to the Giants backfield, the Ravens backfield is a mess. Who knows which back will see the bulk of the touches, or if any back will. Over the last seven games of the 2015 season, Allen had 132 touches (19 per game) which led to 588 yards (84 per game) with two TDs and 37 catches. With rookie Kenneth Dixon missing at least 4 weeks with a knee injury, Allen can make the case for more touches as the season wears on. If I were to take any Ravens RB it would be Allen first, Dixon second and I would leave Forsett and West off my draft board completely.