32 Teams 32 Fantasy Football Late Round Sleepers
I’ve scoured through all 32 teams to find one fantasy football late round sleeper for each team. The Pre-season is under way and this is the time many fantasy footballers overreact or fail to react going into their fantasy drafts. Keep an eye on these guys as I believe they have great value towards the end of your drafts. I’ve got some late round sleepers for standard leagues and some super late round sleepers for leagues with deeper rosters.
Arizona Cardinals – TE Ricky Seals Jones
The former big time recruit wide receiver made a position change in the NFL and it fits him quite nicely. Seals-Jones made a three week splash last season before fading back to oblivion. A new coaching staff with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy makes him a guy to target late in your drafts.
Atlanta Falcons – WR Mohamed Sanu
I guess folks aren’t respecting reliability and cohesiveness. Yes, the Falcons have shiny new toy Calvin Ridley whom they selected in the 1st round of this year’s draft and a beast by the name of Julio, but don’t sleep on Sanu in this high powered offense.
Baltimore Ravens – RB Buck Allen
I believe in Alex Collins as a RB2, however Allen will have a role in the Ravens offense. There is no Danny Woodhead on the roster to block Allen as the Ravens’ receiving threat out of the backfield. If the Ravens get behind Allen will rack up fantasy points, especially in PPR leagues.
Buffalo Bills – RB Chris Ivory
I’m punting on the Bills passing offense this season due in large part to the quarterback play. The running game is what I will be targeting if I do decide to draft a Bills player. LeSean McCoy has dealt with his share of injuries throughout his career and off the field reports are concerning, therefore grabbing Ivory is not a bad idea.
Carolina Panthers – RB C.J. Anderson
The world is in love with Christian McCaffrey and his coaches are estimating 25-30 touches per game. But I’m pivoting from McCaffrey’s 2nd round ADP and targeting his counterpart C.J. Anderson. Anderson was just shy of 300 touches last season for the Broncos and is an upgrade to former Panther Jonathan Stewart.
Chicago Bears – WR Anthony Miller
CPGM Drew is super high on Miller this season as he believes the rookie will lead the Bears in targets and receptions. While I’m not as high due to the difficulty for rookie wide receivers transitioning in the NFL, I still believe the talent is there to make an immediate impact. The Bears new offensive philosophy under 1st year head coach Matt Nagy will focus on getting the ball quickly out of Mitch Trubisky’s hands, therefore receivers like Miller who can separate quickly will be an asset.
Cincinnati Bengals – WR John Ross
I contemplated going Gio Bernard here but we all know what he brings to a football team. Enter John Ross who had a rookie season to forget last season. I saw him touch the ball once last season. A wide receiver reverse ending in a fumble as the defender got his head on the football perfectly. With the recent release of Brandon LaFell, the Bengals now have a gaping hole opposite A.J. Green. Ross was a top 10 pick last season and should get the first crack if he ever gets out of the Marvin Lewis doghouse.
Cleveland Browns – RB Nick Chubb
The Browns backfield is crowded after bringing in Carlos Hyde from Free Agency and drafting the talented Chubb at the beginning of the 2nd round to go along with the dynamic Duke Johnson. This muddy backfield should drop Chubb down the fantasy board but I advise not to sleep on him. He is the Browns best ball carrier and it’s a matter of time before he claims the early down work from Hyde. Stash him on your bench before this happens.
Dallas Cowboys – WR Michael Gallup
The release of receiver Dez Bryant opens up a huge void for the Cowboys. Allen Hurns was brought in but he is the prototypical number 2 receiver. The 3rd round pick Gallup on the other hand has wide receiver 1 potential. He can be a sneaky add in your fantasy drafts that can produce WR3 numbers. It’s a learning process for rookie wideouts but the opportunity will be there for Gallup to make an immediate impact.
Denver Broncos – WR DaeSean Hamilton
Courtland Sutton is the talk of Broncos camp as the clear cut number 3 receiver on the offense but don’t sleep on fellow rookie wideout Hamilton. The former Penn State Nittany Lion went two rounds after Sutton but he can have a similar impact as his route running and ability to get open can be key from the slot. Dynasty/Keeper league owners should take notice because Hamilton and Sutton are the future starters for the Broncos.
Detroit Lions – TE Michael Roberts
Everyone already knows about Kenny Golladay and the love he gets as the next best thing but a deeper sleeper is Roberts. The Lions did not re-sign Eric Ebron and now have a massive hole at the position. Luke Wilson and Levine Toilolo are more blocking tight ends which opens up target opportunities for Roberts. The 6’5 245 pound 4th round pick from a season ago can be a nice red zone threat for Matthew Stafford.
Green Bay Packers – WR Geronimo Allison
The Packers drafted 3 wide receivers in the NFL Draft but the guy I like to get the first crack opposite Davante Adams is Allison. Randall Cobb isn’t the same player from the past as injuries seemed to have slowed him down a bit which elevates Allison’s fantasy value. Without Jordy Nelson on the roster anymore, Aaron Rodgers will be looking Allison’s way more in the offense.
Houston Texans – TE Jordan Akins
The Texans have been looking for a tight end that can do damage in the middle of the field for some time now. The 26-year-old rookie may be what they’ve been looking for as his pass catching skills coupled with his big body and run after the catch ability makes him an intriguing option. The Deshaun Watson led Texans offense will definitely open up gaping holes in the middle of the field for Akins to take advantage. Keep an eye on him.
Indianapolis Colts – WR Ryan Grant
Grant will get an opportunity to play significant snaps and will be a sneaky player to have on your fantasy team as the Colts have a major need opposite T.Y. Hilton. A healthy Andrew Luck elevates the fantasy stock for all pass catchers including Grant. The injury to potential sleeper Deon Cain carves out a guaranteed role for Grant to get targets in the offense. After getting his 4-year Ravens contract voided due to a failed physical, Grant signed a 1-year deal with the Colts and will have a major chip on his shoulder to land a lucrative deal next off-season.
Jacksonville Jaguars – WR DeDe Westbrook
Keenan Cole or DeDe Westbrook? That is the question. I went back and forth on who the top sleeper will be and I’m going with Westbrook. He wasn’t as consistent as Cole last season but I believe he is the better talent. The Jaguars receiving core is crowded with the addition of Donte Moncrief and rookie D.J. Chark to go along with their safest fantasy bet Marqise Lee but Westbrook will have a role in the offense. If Westbrook stays healthy I’m projecting him to be the second option in the passing game.
Kansas City Chiefs – WR DeMarcus Robinson
The quarterback change from the conservative Alex Smith to the more aggressive Patrick Mahomes should bode well for Robinson. The former Gator flashed last season in the Chiefs playoff loss to the Titans and will be looking to build this season with gunslinger Mahomes. The rapport is already there for these two working on the 2nd team last season and I see many big play opportunities for Robinson this season streaking down the field.
Los Angeles Chargers – WR Mike Williams
My top wide receiver from last year’s draft couldn’t get right all of last season. An early season injury derailed his rookie year but Williams gets a second chance in his sophomore campaign. The Chargers are led by one of the best quarterbacks in the game Philip Rivers in an offense that passes the football regularly leading the NFL last season in passing yards. An injury to starting tight end Hunter Henry changes the Chargers offense as they will play more 3 receiver sets and will be looking Williams’ way in the red zone.
Los Angeles Rams – TE Gerald Everett
We heard some hyperbole last season when the Rams drafted Everett as he was deemed the Jordan Reed in Sean McVay’s offense. 16 games 16 catches isn’t Reed like numbers, however I’m expecting a sophomore leap in 2018. Yes, Tyler Higbee is still on the roster but I foresee Everett being the main pass catcher at the position. The tight end position is one the hardest positions to make an immediate impact so after a year and two off-seasons later, it should make Everett more comfortable in McVay’s high powered offense.
Miami Dolphins – WR Kenny Stills
Big play Kenny Stills gets his quarterback back as he caught 9 touchdowns in 2016 with Ryan Tannehill. Jarvis Landry is now in Cleveland and DeVante Parker continues to tease fantasy owners. Go get Stills who is going almost 3 rounds later than Parker. Stills is the de-facto number one receiver on the Dolphins and might be one of the biggest late round steals in fantasy drafts.
Minnesota Vikings – RB Latavius Murray
I’m the biggest Dalvin Cook guy in terms of real life football but as far as fantasy football goes Murray will have a role to produce fantasy points. Murray has been one of the most successful short yardage/goal line backs in football over the last couple of seasons, therefore the Vikings will choose to vulture Cook’s touchdowns with Murray on the field. Murray has 20 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons.
New England Patriots – WR Phillip Dorsett
The only things that are certain in New England are Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. After those two your guess may be as good as mine. Sony Michel’s injury makes Rex Burkhead a safer option to start the season but deciphering through the Patriots receiving core for a sleeper is difficult. Dorsett a former 1st pick built rapport with Brady last season and has the speed and playmaking ability to help the Patriots offense. I’ll give a look before guys like Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson.
New Orleans Saints – WR Cameron Meredith
A repeat member from My players I like more than you post, Meredith is the sleeper on the Saints. If he can get fully healthy from his torn ACL in last year’s preseason, he is an interesting late round target. The Saints are looking for a number 2 guy opposite Michael Thomas and Meredith has the skill set to thrive in their high powered offense. His run after the catch ability in a wide open offense can equal fantasy success.
New York Giants – WR Sterling Shepard
Two Words…Pat Shurmur! The new head coach of the Giants is coming from Minnesota where he elevated Adam Thielen’s game (91/1276/4) by putting him in the slot more often. I expect Odell Beckham to get more snaps in the slot but this is where Shepard will live and eat on opposing defenses. The Pat Shurmur effect will enhance the talented Shepard’s production to new heights.
New York Jets – WR Quincy Enunwa
After a breakout season from Robby Anderson last year, he can no longer be considered a sleeper. So let’s go with the guy who was supposed to be the number 1 receiver in the offense last season until his season ending neck injury, Enunwa. The dynamic slot receiver flashed in 2016 and can be a nice complement to the explosive deep threat Anderson.
Oakland Raiders – WR Jordy Nelson
Old man Jordy is still out here running by defenders in camp. Yes, it’s against the Raiders putrid secondary but I like Nelson as Derek Carr has built a rapport with the veteran. Carr will need to lean on someone that is dependable and consistent. Nelson fits the bill and can also give you touchdown upside as the Raiders are without their top red zone target Michael Crabtree from a season ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nelson leads the Raiders in catches and TD receptions.
Philadelphia Eagles – RB Corey Clement
The Eagles backfield no doubt will be a committee even with the slasher Jay Ajayi atop the depth chart. Head coach Doug Pederson has shown confidence in Clement on the biggest stage and pass catching back Darren Sproles is back in the fold. Clement is the guy to target deep in your draft as he has the receiving skills that can get him some 3rd down/passing down work and also has the running skills that can get him early down work as well. The best of both worlds shouldn’t be slept on as Clement has improved his game drastically throughout last season and I expect the same in 2018.
Pittsburgh Steelers – TE Vance McDonald
Plain and simple, McDonald is a better player than last year’s starting tight end Jesse James. The only thing that has kept McDonald from really showcasing his immense talent are injuries. I say this is the season he puts it all together and have a big year for the explosive Steelers offense. We all know what Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell does for the Steelers offense as they open up more opportunities for everyone else to eat.
San Francisco 49ers – RB Matt Breida
I’ve been giving a lot of love to Breida lately for what he did last season in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Sharing the load with Carlos Hyde, the 49ers didn’t lose much with Breida on the field. The team spent big money in the off-season to acquire the elusive Jerick McKinnon but we all know Shanahan will find a way to get both players opportunities in space. McKinnon has never been a bell cow and even though I believe he will be effective in Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme, I don’t think he will get over 225 carries. This leaves an opportunity for Breida to do work.
Seattle Seahawks – WR Tyler Lockett
Post hype sleeper? The fantasy football community have been waiting on the Lockett breakout season since his 664 yard 6 touchdown rookie season. Injuries and inconsistency have kept Lockett off of the field but this may be his last chance to live up to the hype. Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham are no longer on the team and the Seahawks need someone other than Doug Baldwin to step up. Lockett will get the first opportunity and he may not look back.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Chris Godwin
After the preseason, Godwin might not be considered a sleeper anymore. The former Penn State star is looking to take a strangle hold on the WR2 position in Tampa Bay. DeSean Jackson is playing more snaps in the slot which opens up Godwin to have a breakthrough season opposite Mike Evans.
Tennessee Titans – WR Taywan Taylor
This was one of my draft sleepers last season after Taylor dominated competition at Western Kentucky. He played sparingly last season as a rookie but new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur has different plans for Taylor in 2018. Last season Taylor played most of his snaps from the slot, this season LaFleur plans to make Taylor the vertical threat in the offense which will lead to more big plays.
Washington Redskins – WR Trey Quinn
Mr. Irrelevant in the 2018 NFL Draft, Quinn was the talk of Washington’s OTAs. Quinn led the NCAA with 114 receptions last season as he has deceptive quickness, strong hands and knows how to get open. He may not make a huge impact initially but if Josh Doctson or Paul Richardson struggles to make an impact immediately, then Quinn is the next man up that can be a quarterback friendly target for Alex Smith.