Fantasy Football Sleepers… Now everyone has heard this term “sleeper” but many don’t know exactly what it means, so let me clarify.
A fantasy sleeper is a player who is tabbed for a slow start, both playing wise usually and production wise as far as points go.
These players you probably will not hear about for a few weeks or months, but when the playoff push becomes real, you will want to keep an eye on these players.
So without further ado, here are my top three sleepers this year.
First is a name most people may not recognize, Dorial Green-Beckham.
This selection is mostly for the fantasy players in 12-16 team leagues but he will be useful in my mind in any league.
The former top prospect coming out of high school is a freak athlete with a frame that matches that of a young Calvin Johnson.
At 6-feet, 6-inches and 220 pounds, he is a force to be reckoned with on any field any day.
After spending his early college years at the University of Missouri in which he had 59 grabs and 12 touchdowns in his sophomore season, Green-Beckham was dismissed from the team that following April following multiple drug infractions and assaulting a neighbor.
After trying to transfer to Oklahoma in 2014, he was denied by the NCAA and then declared for the 2015 NFL Draft where he was taken 40th overall by the Tennessee Titans to be Mariota’s go-to guy.
The second sleeper for me is Tampa Bay’s second year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
This pick is not all based of the talent of this player though, but more of the circumstance he is in down in Tampa.
In his college years, Jameis Winston loved throwing to his tight ends; I expect that trend to continue in the NFL for him.
I may be behind already as Seferian-Jenkins had two touchdown catches last week, but nonetheless he will make a big impact later in the year for fantasy owners who might need some tight end options going into the playoffs.
Last but not least is Miami rookie receiver DeVante Parker.
Parker isn’t off to a great start thus far after being picked 12th overall as he underwent surgery in the offseason and missed almost all of training camp.
Normally that isn’t an issue, but the Dolphins brought in veterans Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills to go with Jarvis Landry, which has made playing time hard to come by early this year for a rookie still learning the offense.
If Parker can stay healthy though, I expect his talent to slowly leak through and cause him to pass Jennings and Stills on the depth chart.
If and when that happens, he will be Ryan Tannehill’s number two wide receiver and that is good for any receiver in Miami’s new pass happy offense.
Expect Parker to make splashes in the second half of the year; he is a truly gifted receiver.