Mike Tagliere’s Top-10 Deep Sleepers for 2018 (Fantasy Football)
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by Mike Tagliere | @MikeTagliereNFL | Featured Writer
Jul 11, 2018

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What does the term “sleeper” even mean anymore? If you’re like me, you remember going down to your local Walgreens to rummage through the magazine section for those on fantasy football. After that, it was straight to my Mead notebooks that contained my deepest, darkest rankings that nobody was allowed to see (even my wife, who also plays). It was all about finding that sleeper in the late rounds that could win you a championship.

Nowadays, all your leaguemates have to do is click on Google, type in ‘sleepers’ and they’ll have hundreds of thousands of words on who the sleepers are in the current year. But the term sleeper has lost its meaning, so we felt the need to step it up. Instead of looking at players outside the top-100 in drafts, we pushed the requirements outside the top 160 players drafted for this article (just two players are in the top-190). That means you can get these players with your last pick in 10-team leagues, and the final three rounds in 12-team leagues. But truth be told, the later we could find them, the better. The composite ADP used in this was based on half-PPR leagues as of 7/9/18 (you can find all ADP data here).

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I’d also like to forewarn you that there aren’t really “sleeper” running backs at this point in time. There are injuries, and then there are players who can step-in and be potential league-winners. Because of that, I want to mention these running backs: T.J. Yeldon (JAX), Justin Jackson (LAC), John Kelly (LAR). I’d feel extremely confident in those guys becoming weekly top-24 players at their position should the starter go down. Now let’s get started with the top-10 sleepers for 2018.

 

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