Going Deep for a Fantasy Football Championship
Want to find a fantasy football sleeper to take a flier on late in your draft? Not a problem. There are millions of articles with plenty of suggestions.
Most of those pieces will tell you how this running back’s ADP is way too high or how that wide receiver is being drafted way too late.
We’re looking deeper than that. Here are five players who don’t even have an ADP. They’re barely being drafted at all.
But if a few cards fall right, they can save some NFL Fantasy Football seasons.
QB: Nick Foles, Jax
Jacksonville’s season fell to pieces last year with injuries, especially to its offensive line. Back when the Jaguars offensive line was functional, Blake Bortles (Blake Bortles!) managed to put up a couple of top-ten fantasy football seasons.
There are no elite receivers in Northern Florida. However, there are enough really good ones to expect Nick Foles will easily surpass the Blake Bortles Bar. Foles will be one of the first quarterbacks off the in-season waiver wire. (Unless you draft him and stash him first!)
RB: Ty Montgomery, NYJ
Le’Veon Bell expects to be a bell cow for the Jets this year, but there are few reasons it might not happen. First off, new coach Adam Gase never had a running back average more than 20 touches per game before.
Secondly… Ty Montgomery. Montgomery is lining up all the over the field. That includes quite a few plays where he lines up next to Bell. The only way that confuses defenses is if the Jets give the ball to Montgomery with some degree of regularity.
We’re not saying he’ll be a top rusher. He will, however, also catch passes from the backfield, the slot, and possibly out wide. Jets’ beat writers think Montgomery could get 8-12 touches per game to start.
Bonus RB: Alfred Blue, Jax
Every NFL fantasy football pundit is writing about the importance of picking up handcuffs for hold-outs and lead running backs with tenuous holds on their positions. No one is talking about the Jaguars.
Jacksonville’s lead runner is Leonard Fournette, the man with the glass foot. He didn’t get through either of his first two seasons without injuring it, and this year he is on a short leash because of some immature sideline antics last year.
Fournette will have to do more for John Defilippo’s offense to work. Jacksonville knows they have a fragile RB-1. Even if Fournette avoids missing games, we suspect Blue will pick up regular playing time to save some wear and tear on their starter.
WR: Albert Wilson, Mia
Before he got hurt last season, Wilson was the talk of Miami for his after-catch heroics from the slot. Now he has a new head coach and offensive coordinator who want to run a Patriots-style offense.
If Wilson is in the slot more often than not, and the Dolphins run a Patriot-style offense, does Wilson get a Julian Edelman amount of targets?
Miami gave extensions to Jakeem Grant and Davonte Parker. We’re not sure how they feel about Kenny Stills lately. Wilson is the most exciting of the lot and that’s who quarterbacks tend to feed.
Bonus WR: Nelson Agholor, Phi
Nelson Agholor managed to sneak free while defenses followed Alshon Jeffrey and Desean Jackson all over the field in 2017. He did it to the tune of a WR-22 fantasy football output.
Last season, Agholor was forced into the lead role for a while. He failed miserably. So miserably, in fact, that now he barely registers on fantasy football draft boards, even though both Jackson and Jeffrey are back.
The Eagles are expected to put Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on the field together a lot at the expense of Agholor. But Agholor is reportedly having the best preseason of any of the Eagles receivers.
If that’s not enough, he’s a favorite target of quarterback Carson Wentz. With a couple of vintage 2017-type plays, Agholor could force the Eagles to increase his workload and quickly prove to be worth a spot at the end of your bench.
What do you think?
Are any of these off-the-board deep sleepers worth a flier? How about Mike Davis, Jalen Hurd, DJ Chark, or whoever quarterbacks the Dolphins? You got an even deeper player?
Let us know in the comments below!