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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2Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
3Michael Thomas (NO)WR
4Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
5Damien Williams (KC)RB
6Julian Edelman (NE)WR
7Robert Woods (LAR)WR
8Brandin Cooks (LAR)WR
9Sony Michel (NE)RB
10James White (NE)RB
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11C.J. Anderson (LAR)RB
12Josh Reynolds (LAR)WR
13Mark Ingram (NO)RB
14Rex Burkhead (NE)RB
15Sammy Watkins (KC)WR
16Travis Kelce (KC)TE
17Chris Conley (KC)WR
18Keith Kirkwood (NO)WR
19Tre'Quan Smith (NO)WR
20Phillip Dorsett (NE)WR
21Ted Ginn (NO)WR
22Chris Hogan (NE)WR
23Spencer Ware (KC)RB
24Cordarrelle Patterson (NE)WR
25Rob Gronkowski (NE)TE
26Kelvin Benjamin (KC)WR
27John Kelly (LAR)RB
28Austin Carr (NO)WR
29Shane Vereen (NO)RB
30Gerald Everett (LAR)TE
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2Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
3Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
4Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
5Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
6J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
7Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
8Trea Turner (WSH)SS
9Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
10Manny Machado (FA)3B,SS
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12Ronald Acuna (ATL)LF,CF
13Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
14Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
15Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
16Bryce Harper (FA)CF,RF
17Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
18Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
19Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
20Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)LF,RF
21Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
22Trevor Story (COL)SS
23Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
24Andrew Benintendi (BOS)LF,CF
25Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
26Aaron Nola (PHI)SP
27Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
28Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
29Juan Soto (WSH)LF,RF
30Clayton Kershaw (LAD)SP
1Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
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7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
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13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
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15Chris Paul (HOU)PG
16Jimmy Butler (PHI)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
18Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
26Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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