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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1Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
2Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
3Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
4Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
5Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
6Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
7DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
8James Conner (PIT)RB
9Davante Adams (GB)WR
10Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)RB
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11Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
12Michael Thomas (NO)WR
13Julio Jones (ATL)WR
14Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
15David Johnson (ARI)RB
16Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
17Travis Kelce (KC)TE
18Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
19Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
20Antonio Brown (OAK)WR
21Zach Ertz (PHI)TE
22JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)WR
23George Kittle (SF)TE
24Aaron Jones (GB)RB
25Mike Evans (TB)WR
26A.J. Green (CIN)WR
27T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
28Patrick Mahomes (KC)QB
29Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
30Amari Cooper (DAL)WR
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
2Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
3Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
4Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
5J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
6Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
7Trea Turner (WSH)SS
8Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
9Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
10Chris Sale (BOS)SP
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11Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
12Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
13Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
14Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
15Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
16Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
17Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
18Trevor Story (COL)SS
19Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)LF,RF
20Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
21Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
22Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
23Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
24Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
25Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
26Andrew Benintendi (BOS)LF,CF
27Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
28Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
29Aaron Nola (PHI)SP
30Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
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
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
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11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (TOR)SG,SF
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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