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Jody Smith’s Top-10 Deep Sleepers for 2018 (Fantasy Football)

by Jody Smith | @JodySmithNFL | Featured Writer
Jul 17, 2018

T.J. Yeldon (pictured) should even have fantasy appeal to those who don’t own Leonard Fournette

Just like the NFL, fantasy football has evolved as its popularity has soared. You can find on any number of ‘fantasy sleeper’ articles online or even on the newsstand and see wildly different views of what that word “sleepers” even means.

Often, these coveted ‘deep sleeper’ articles are nothing more than lazily written pieces that include players that are being drafted in the top-eight rounds of nearly every fantasy draft. To really qualify as a true late-round gem in these days of ubiquitous websites and value articles, well-prepared fantasy fans know they have to dig a lot deeper. Our own Mike Tagliere offers up some excellent candidates for this list with his own article, which makes it even more challenging for me to come up with some potential difference makers to consider targeting as your fantasy football draft or auction winds down.

For our purposes, we’re going to define a sleeper as a player that is currently being selected outside of the top 150 in accumulative ADP rankings. These are the deep sleepers that are likely to go undrafted in most leagues and the type of potential contributors that should be targeted with the final pick of fantasy drafts.

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10. Blake Jarwin (TE – DAL) Current ADP: undrafted
Look no further than the current depth chart to see just how unprepared the Cowboys were for the unexpected retirement of future Hall-of-Fame TE Jason Witten. Witten’s departure leaves QB Dak Prescott without his favorite target and the Cowboys in need of an immediate solution from a group of unproven players. During OTAs, sophomore Jarwin was taking the majority of first-team offensive reps and looked to be ahead of Rico Gathers and rookie Dalton Schultz. Geoff Swaim is also in the mix, leading to the potential of a frustrating committee, but Jarwin has potential as a pass-catching tight end and could be the best choice to emerge as the top fantasy option and be worth a very late look in deep drafts.


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