Fantasy Football Sleepers

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Who are the fantasy football players to watch that might be flying under the radar? Sneaky late-round draft picks, sleepers, dark horses, and potential breakout players, updated weekly.


Jameis Winston, TB: The Buccaneers added some weapons to their offense in DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard, and Winston’s career arc should continue to point skyward.

Philip Rivers, LAC: It seems silly to think that Rivers enters nearly every fantasy season as an underappreciated quarterback. A new city will produce similarly successful numbers.

Carson Wentz, PHI: Wentz shot out of the gates and played really well last season as a rookie. With added weapons in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to go with Jordan Matthews, Wentz could be in for a big season.

Blake Bortles, JAX: Bortles was the "hot pick" in fantasy last year and he failed miserably ... which makes him a prime candidate to have a rebound sleeper season. Strike late in the draft.

Mike Glennon, CHI: Nothing motivates a quarterback more than be slighted, and the Bears’ selection of Mitch Trubisky before Glennon’s contract ink even dried will have him on his game, if only for one season.

Running Back

Christian McCaffrey, CAR: The Panthers wanted versatility and playmaking on offense and that’s just what they got in McCaffrey.

C.J. Anderson, DEN: With Devontae Booker pressing for more playing time and the Broncos signing Jamaal Charles, fantasy owners will be scared off Anderson. You shouldn’t be. Pick him up if he slides down boards.

Dalvin Cook, MIN: The Vikings signed Latavius Murray in the offseason, but it’d be foolish to think that he’ll hold down the job for too long. Cook is too good not to see the field.

Paul Perkins, NYG: The Giants parted ways with Rashad Jennings and handed the keys to the backfield to Perkins, whom they said can be a "three-down" back.

Terrance West, BAL: The Ravens signed Danny Woodhead and a lot of fantasy owners will strike Kenneth Dixon as a potential sleeper, but West will go largely unnoticed and could be ripe for the picking.

Wide Receiver

Brandin Cooks, NE: The Patriots don’t usually trade for veterans unless they plan on using said player. Cooks may be in for a huge season as the Patriots push for another title.

Donte Moncrief, IND: A lot of attention will be paid to T.Y. Hilton, who led the NFL in receiving yards last year, but Moncrief is healthy and in a contract year and will turn some heads in 2017.

Corey Davis, TEN: The Titans got themselves a playmaker in Corey Davis, and even though things didn’t work out with last year’s rookie, Tajae Sharpe, Davis has more capability.

Cameron Meredith, CHI: The Bears liked what they saw from Meredith in limited time last year and with Kevin White’s health a near-annual uncertainty, Meredith ought to get a lot of looks.

Sterling Shepard, NYG: The Giants sure do like to pass the football and they brought in veteran Brandon Marshall to join Odell Beckham Jr., which scared off a lot of fantasy owners on Shepard. Pick him late.

Tight End

Martellus Bennett, GB: Bennett is leaving one of the best quarterbacks in the game in New England to join one in Green Bay. This could be one of the best combinations in the NFL. He’s a "sleeper" because he could be a Top 3 tight end.

Hunter Henry, LAC: Henry had a solid rookie season and his production will only get better as he gets more reps.

Jack Doyle, IND: Doyle was a red zone vulture last season, and with the team parting ways with Dwayne Allen, Doyle’s production could get a bump.

O.J. Howard, TB: The Bucs got themselves a solid weapon in the draft with the selection of Howard, and the sky is the limit for this young playmaker.

Julius Thomas, MIA: Thomas gets a fresh start in Miami, where he will be reunited with Adam Gase, under whom Thomas had success in Denver.


Cairo Santos, KC: Santos was one of the highest-scoring kickers last year and the Chiefs seem to have an offense good enough to move into field goal range but not strike the end zone a bunch.

Dustin Hopkins, WAS: The Redskins consistently provided Hopkins with opportunities for field goals last season.

Josh Lambo, LAC: Lambo had a lot of boom-or-bust games last year, so buyer beware, but he has the opportunity for growth this season.

Phil Dawson, ARI: The old man still has it and moving to the Cardinals ought to provide him with plenty of opportunities.

Robbie Gould, SF: One of the most accurate kickers in history, Gould was bounced from the Bears because of his high salary but he should still be a reliable kicker for the 49ers.

Defense/Special Teams

Jacksonville Jaguars, JAX: The Jaguars have been amassing pieces on defense for years now and fantasy points should follow.

Baltimore Ravens, BAL: The Ravens seemingly have a perennially good defense and that’s something fantasy owners can confidently account for.

Los Angeles Rams, LAR: The Rams offense may stink, which could tire out the defense throughout the season, but they play pretty well on that side of the ball.

New York Jets, NYJ: This might be a darkhorse defense, but the Jets added some pieces to that side of the ball and will have to rely on that unit to stay in games.

Chicago Bears, CHI: The Bears improved on defense two seasons ago under the creative Vic Fangio and made even more progress last year. This year, they could slip into the Top 10.