One Super-Deep Fantasy Football Sleeper For All 32 Teams
As everyone knows, it’s always fantasy football season…however, it does feel like we’re close to turning a corner and moving towards the 2020 NFL season.
With that being the case, it’s time to start preparation for your fantasy football drafts. While it’s super important to feel confident in who you should take at the beginning portion of your draft, it’s also important to note who you should be targeting with one of your later picks.
Your path to constructing a championship roster doesn’t stop after the first eight rounds. It requires attention through the final round of your draft and assembling a roster that’s strong across the board. With that in mind, I’ve assembled a list of super-deep sleepers for all 32 teams below.
For the purposes of this article, I’m defining a “super-deep sleeper” as someone who falls outside of the Top-200 in ADP Consensus. This means that these players are going outside the first 15 rounds in a 12-team league, which means that you’re typically looking at selecting these players with your final pick.
A lot of these players have the potential of rising throughout the draft process, but they should stay relatively in this range. While every team below has one player listed, this does not mean that you have to draft them. This is simply an exercise of notifying you of players that you should keep your eyes on in the later rounds and providing insight on why you should think about pulling the trigger and drafting them.
With all that being said, here are 32 deep-sleepers to keep in mind…
Super-Deep Fantasy Sleepers
Arizona Cardinals: Andy Isabella (WR – ADP 252)
The Cardinals invested significant draft capital in the young speedster wide receiver just a year ago, but he saw a mere 13 targets in year one. Isabella’s a dart throw at best in your drafts, but the Cardinals clearly think highly of him and he has the talent to make an impact when he’s on the field. If you don’t pull the trigger on drafting him with your last pick, he’s someone to keep an eye on to potentially scoop up off the waiver wire.
Atlanta Falcons: Russell Gage (WR – ADP 297)
Russell Gage isn’t exactly the sexiest pick, but he may be one of the smartest in the entire draft. Gage is the starting slot receiver for this high-powered Falcons offense and he’s going to see targets. There are other players in this range that are gambles on whether or not they’ll receive looks in their respective offenses, but Gage is a guarantee to see more than 70 targets on the season. He comes with additional upside though due to the possibility that either Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley miss time with injury this season. If that does take place, Gage could skyrocket and see potentially 6 or more targets per game. In 16 games last season, Gage saw 12 targets inside the red zone and has the potential of hitting those marks again this year. His ADP should rise by the time August rolls around…
Matt Ryan finds Russell Gage for the touchdown. pic.twitter.com/EHANGWmpvX
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 29, 2019
Baltimore Ravens – Devin Duvernay (WR)
You want a super-deep sleeper? How about someone who’s currently going outside the top-300 in ADP Consensus? Devin Duvernay is someone who I loved in the pre-draft process and he landed in an amazing situation in this Baltimore offense. He’s as sure-handed of a receiver as they come and he’s a monster after the catch. The Ravens are going to get the ball in his hands and let him create in space, which he’s so good at. Don’t be surprised if Duvernay is one of the hottest waiver wire pickups after week one…
Buffalo Bills – Cole Beasley (WR – ADP 238)
Did you know that Cole Beasley finished as the WR34 in 2019? While he only gave you one or two huge performances last year, he was fairly consistent across the board and was a fine option to roll out as your FLEX or WR3 in a Full PPR. Currently, he’s going as the WR78 off the board and it’s almost a guarantee that he finishes well above that spot when the 2020 season is all said and done.
Carolina Panthers – Reggie Bonnafon (RB)
If you’re in a deep league and you were fortunate enough to walk out of your draft with Christian McCaffrey, it’s not a bad strategy to handcuff him with Reggie Bonnafon with your last pick. Bonnafon seems locked into the RB2 spot in Carolina and would see the majority of the touches if something were to happen to McCaffrey. While there’s no way he’s going to put up even half the point totals that McCaffrey does, he’s a smart option to draft in deep leagues.
Chicago Bears – Nick Foles (QB – ADP 284)
If you’re in a deep league and find yourself missing out on the top QBs on the draft board, it might be beneficial to wait until one of the last rounds and scoop up Nick Foles. This is obviously dependent upon whether or not he’s listed as the starting QB, but he gets a matchup against Detroit in week one. The Lions defense struggled last season and made minor improvements across the board. This is a matchup that Foles should put up respectable numbers and he’s a fine streaming option right out of the gates that you can easily move on from in week two.
Cincinnati Bengals – John Ross (WR – ADP 211)
Once you move outside of the top-200 players, it’s difficult to locate players that are starters within their offenses. Ross is going to be a starter in this Bengals offense that should be much improved from last season with Joe Burrow now at QB. Ross has been a good WR when he’s been on the field that has immense upside to win you a week in fantasy football, but he’s struggled to stay healthy. Drafting Ross at this point of the draft gives you a fine option to roll into your FLEX, but it also means that you can easily afford to move on from him if he gets injured yet again.
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2019
Cleveland Browns – David Njoku (TE – ADP 254)
It’s hard to find a member of the Browns that is worth drafting once the main options are off the board from this offense. However, Njoku comes with huge upside if something were to happen to Austin Hooper in the early weeks of the season. The tight end position’s going to be important to this offense and Njoku could be a fine stash in super deep leagues.
Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys DST (ADP 224)
This Cowboys offense has incredible top-end talent, but their depth leaves a lot to be desired. At the WR position, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and Devin Smith are the backups and they’re not exactly players that I feel comfortable recommending that you draft in case something happens to the starters. Instead, I’ll point out the Cowboys defense that added some pieces this offseason and should be a stout unit again in 2020. They have a matchup against the Rams in week one and with the interior pressure that they can generate against the Rams average offensive line, they should be able to generate a couple of takeaways.
Denver Broncos – KJ Hamler (WR – ADP 270)
The Broncos offense is going to be vastly different than the unit they rolled out on the field in 2019. Jerry Jeudy is a perfect compliment to Courtland Sutton and KJ Hamler is an electric playmaker from the slot. Hamler’s unlikely to be a target hog in this offense, but he has the potential to come onto the field in certain packages and take any catch to the house with his speed. If you’re in a deep league and are looking for a WR to take a shot on in the later rounds, Hamler’s worth selecting there.
Detroit Lions – Danny Amendola (WR – ADP 263)
One of the most surprising stats of 2019 was that Danny Amendola saw 97 targets in 15 games played. Unfortunately, he only scored 1 receiving TD, which is why he wasn’t useful for fantasy football and finished as the WR53. With Matthew Stafford back under center this season, there’s a possibility that we see Amendola hit those same target numbers and an increase in his TD production. It’s not a sexy pick, but he’s going to see targets and that’s more than you can say for some of the other players in this range of ADP.
Green Bay Packers – Jace Sternberger (TE – ADP 258)
There’s a legitimate argument to be made that Jace Sternberger could be second on this team in total targets. Davante Adams is going to maintain a ridiculous target share, but there are a ton of question marks after Adams. Sternberger’s going to be on the field a ton in this offense and he’s a very talented and athletic tight end. If you miss out on the tight ends atop your draft board, Sternberger’s a fantastic dart throw at the position that has a legitimate chance of breaking out this season.
Houston Texans – Randall Cobb (WR – ADP 232)
Did you know Randall Cobb was the WR44 in fantasy football last season and averaged over 15 YPR? He still has plenty left in the tank and Houston clearly has a plan for him in this offense after giving him a significant contract early on in free agency. He’s going to receive looks in this offense that has a ton of vacated targets after the departure of DeAndre Hopkins and he’s currently being drafted as the WR77. He’s a fantastic snag at the back end of your drafts in a Full or Half PPR league.
Randall Cobb reeled this in 😱
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 11, 2019
Indianapolis Colts – Parris Campbell (WR – ADP 210)
The Colts have announced that Parris Campbell is going to be their starting slot receiver in this offense. Campbell was highly touted coming into the NFL last season, but he struggled with injuries in his rookie campaign. While he’s not going to be the leading receiver in terms of targets this season, he’s a perfect value pick and one that comes with immense upside. If Campbell can put it all together, we’ve seen how Philip Rivers tends to lock onto his slot receiver.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Dede Westbrook (WR – ADP 204)
Dede Westbrook has really had a lot go against him in his first few seasons in the NFL, but the talent has always been there on film. He’s had a constant rotation of QBs throwing to him and has never been able to get into a groove or rhythm with any of them. This Jaguars team is most likely going to struggle again in 2020 with the departures that their defense experienced over the offseason. They’re going to have to throw the ball more than they may like and Westbrook’s going to see all the targets he can handle…it probably won’t be pretty, but Westbrook has value and can be rolled out as a fine WR3 or FLEX option in matchups where we know the Jaguars are going to have to throw the ball quite a bit.
Kansas City Chiefs – Demarcus Robinson (WR – ADP 296)
Demarcus Robinson is one injury away from being a starting WR in the most dynamic offense in the NFL. If Sammy Watkins struggles with consistency again in 2020, we may even see Robinson take his place in the starting lineup. Robinson’s nothing more than a dart throw at the end of your deep drafts, but there’s value in getting him on your roster before a mad waiver wire scramble.
Los Angeles Chargers – Tyrod Taylor (QB – ADP 248)
Tyrod Taylor’s been a journeyman QB in the NFL for a while now, but he’s been fantasy relevant whenever he’s started. The Chargers appear to be heading in a different direction with their offense this season and seem content to rely heavily on the ground game and control the clock. Tyrod’s going to be able to manage this offense and create with his rushing ability. Mobile QBs are extremely valuable to fantasy football and Taylor has a great matchup in week one against the Cincinnati Bengals. While Justin Herbert is likely to find the field at some point this season, Taylor’s going to be a fringe fantasy football starter every single week that he’s on the field and he’s someone I’d consider drafting for a plus week one matchup.
Los Angeles Rams – Josh Reynolds (WR – ADP 254)
The Rams moved on from Brandin Cooks this offseason, which opens up a starting role on the outside in this offense. Reynolds hasn’t been overly efficient up to this point in his career, but he’s going to be given a starting role in an offense that’s going to be throwing the ball quite a bit. He’s a fine dart throw at the end of your bench.
Las Vegas Raiders – Bryan Edwards (WR)
Bryan Edwards was a fantastic college WR, but dealt with injuries in the pre-draft process. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to put up testing numbers at the Combine and he fell to the 3rd round because of it. He landed in a great situation though and the Raiders are going to need him to contribute right away. He might not be a valuable fantasy asset right out of the gates, but he’s certainly someone to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
“Bryan Edwards… are you kidding me?!” *Todd Ellis voice*
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) October 26, 2019
Miami Dolphins – Albert Wilson (WR – ADP 260)
The Dolphins were a terrible offense last year, but they’ve made tremendous strides this offseason in shoring up weak spots on their roster. This team will be better than last year and Albert Wilson is still a starter on this offense. He doesn’t possess immense upside, but he could be a fine option to roll into your starting lineup in the event of injuries on your fantasy football roster.
Minnesota Vikings – Mike Boone (RB – ADP 305)
This is all dependent upon how Dalvin Cook‘s holdout looks as we get closer to the start of the season. If we’re hearing that Cook is on the verge of a new contract, Boone’s fantasy value goes away. However, if Cook is absent for the start of the season, Boone’s now an asset that you can hold on your bench in the event that something happens to Alexander Mattison. If you’re in a deep league and we don’t have any clarity on Cook’s situation close to the start of the season, Boone’s a fantastic late addition to your roster.
New England Patriots – Mohamed Sanu (WR – ADP 243)
The ball has to go somewhere, right? This Patriots offense isn’t going to be as high-powered as years past with Tom Brady behind center, but they’re still going to be throwing the ball quite a bit. Julian Edelman‘s getting older now and Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry are both unproven. It might not be pretty, but Sanu could have some value at the bottom of your fantasy football roster.
New Orleans Saints – Adam Trautman (TE)
Adam Trautman is currently going undrafted and it’s primarily due to the presence of Jared Cook ahead of him on the depth chart. Trautman is nothing more than a dart throw hold in deep leagues, but if something happens to Jared Cook, he could be someone worth rolling into your lineup.
New York Giants – Dion Lewis (RB – ADP 259)
Dion Lewis is now the backup RB in New York behind Saquon Barkley. While Lewis is unlikely to have standalone fantasy value, he’s worth rostering in deep leagues in case we see Saquon miss some time again this season. He’ll be the pass-catching back in that instance and could have a safe floor.
New York Jets – Chris Herndon (TE – ADP 206)
Denzel Mims at ADP 198 earns an honorable mention right here, but just missed the criteria for this article. Instead, there’s a strong possibility that we see Herndon return the most value for any player on this Jets team. He’s nothing more than a deep league dart throw, but he’s shown incredible chemistry with Sam Darnold when they’ve been on the field together.
It really can't be said enough how important a healthy Chris Herndon in 2020 would be for Sam Darnold
They were building something in 2018 and Darnold looks more confident throwing to him than anyone else pic.twitter.com/FzucVyZv6e
— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) May 11, 2020
Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles DST (ADP 231)
The Eagles don’t have many players that scream a value outside of the top-200, so I’m turning my attention towards what could be the prime defense to walk out of your draft with here…the Eagles face Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins in week one, Jared Goff and the Rams in week two, and rookie QB Joe Burrow in week three. Those are three solid matchups for a great defense right out of the gate and they’re bound to get a couple of takeaways during that stretch.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Anthony McFarland (RB – ADP 201)
The Steelers love to utilize one primary RB in their system, however, James Conner has had problems staying on the field. The Steelers went out and invested draft capital in McFarland, the speedy and ultra-athletic RB out of Maryland, and there’s a strong possibility that he has more of a role in this offense than we’re projecting. This offense is going to be dynamic with Big Ben back under center and if you select James Conner earlier on in your draft, it might be worth handcuffing him with the talented rookie.
San Francisco 49ers – Trent Taylor (WR)
Right now, the chatter is all about Jalen Hurd and his potential in this San Francisco 49ers offense. However, we can’t forget about Trent Taylor, who was receiving significant buzz last offseason and was hyped up as the best 49ers receiving in training camp. Taylor struggled with injuries last year and wasn’t able to get on the field, but he has a beat on the starting slot role if he can remain healthy. That’s a role that’s going to equate to some form of fantasy value and he’s currently going outside the Top-300 in ADP Consensus.
Seattle Seahawks – Carlos Hyde (RB – ADP 218)
There may not be more of a perfect fit for a team that goes WR early in drafts this year than Carlos Hyde. Chris Carson‘s no guarantee to be healthy at the start of the season and Rashaad Penny appears to be a lock to head on the PUP list. Hyde’s only going to have value as long as Penny’s on the PUP, but that could mean 15-20 touches the first six weeks or so of the season. For an offense that’s captained by Russell Wilson, that’s going to mean scoring opportunities and he’s a screaming value right now at ADP RB62.
— NFL (@NFL) December 15, 2019
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Justin Watson (WR)
Several things have to fall into place for Justin Watson to have fantasy value in 2020, but there’s certainly a path for it. Watson’s an outside receiver in Tampa with only Mike Evans and Chris Godwin ahead of him on the depth chart. If either one of Evans or Godwin misses any time, Watson can be dropped into your starting lineup as a WR3 with tremendous upside in what is sure to be a high-powered offense.
Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis (WR – ADP 222)
It seems as though the general consensus is completely off of Carey Davis this year. They’ve simply been burned by him too many times over the past couple of seasons and that’s reflected in his current ADP. However, Davis is still a starter in this offense and is a talented and athletic receiver. He’s a value at WR74.
Washington Redskins – Antonio Gibson (RB – ADP 203)
Antonio Gibson is electric with the ball in his hands. His exact role is unknown in this offense, but we can be certain that he’s going to be given touches…and a lot of them. Gibson’s a fantastic addition to your rosters right now at ADP RB59.