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Kyle Yates’ Top-10 Deep League Stashes (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Jul 14, 2021

If you were to sit down and do a Google search for any of Sleepers, Breakouts, Busts, etc. for fantasy football in 2021, you might find hundreds of different results. However, there’s not a ton of content out there for people that play in the 14+ team leagues.

First off, you all are crazy. I played in my first 14-team league last year and it was pure chaos. I was not prepared for how different the draft was and how quickly the depth dried up. I went into the league with the incorrect mindset and I needed a valuable resource that would point up some depth options that I could scoop up in the later rounds.

That’s the purpose of this article. For the fantasy managers that play in 12-team leagues or fewer, these players most likely aren’t worth taking the shot on. However, if you’re in a deep league and you need some players that could break out and serve as valuable rotation options for your lineup, this is the article for you.

Rankings listed are FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) for half-PPR formats

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Let’s take a look at some players that are worth selecting when you’re on the clock late.

Zach Wilson (QB – New York Jets): ECR QB27

Wilson has the draft capital to his name and he’s got a pretty solid receiving corps surrounding him, but we need to see how he adjusts to the NFL game before we feel completely confident in rolling him into our starting lineups. He’s worth drafting as a low-end QB2 in Superflex formats this year that has some upside if he can progress as the season goes along, but we shouldn’t be looking his way during our 1QB drafts.

Mac Jones (QB – New England Patriots): ECR QB37

The Patriots drafted Jones in the first-round and he’s about as different from Newton as you can possibly find. While he does fit what Josh McDaniels has found success with in the past, he might not be ready to step onto the field and dominate right away. He’s going to be given a heavy dose of reality as soon as he steps onto the field and discovers that the receiving corps he’s playing with in the NFL isn’t as talented as what he had at Alabama. Jones is the type of QB that can be great if the surrounding situation is perfect and that’s not the case here in New England. With players like Agholor, Bourne, and Meyers leading the WR room, that’s not going to be enough to lead to top-tier fantasy success from Jones in year one. If you’re in a deep SF league and need a QB to take a flier on, Jones is worth the investment to see if he can exceed my expectations though.

Salvon Ahmed (RB – Miami Dolphins): ECR RB56

Are we 100% sure that Myles Gaskin is the clear starting RB in Miami this season? While Gaskin performed well in his starting opportunities last season, Ahmed was equally as impressive. In all honesty, I expect Gaskin to be the main option in this backfield for 2021, but we should see Ahmed involved enough to have some FLEX value some weeks. Additionally, what happens if we’re wrong and Ahmed comes out as the starting RB in Week 1? There’s enough potential there to indicate that Ahmed’s being slept on heading into fantasy draft season.

Larry Rountree (RB – Los Angeles Chargers): ECR RB104

Don’t be shocked if you start to hear this name more and more as the season gets closer. Rountree certainly doesn’t have the draft capital to his name (6th round pick in 2021), but there’s absolutely a path for him to carve out a significant role in this offense. With players like Justin Jackson – who can’t stay healthy – and Joshua Kelley – who proved very little last season – the starting RB role opposite of Ekeler is absolutely up for grabs. Rountree impressed me on tape coming out of Missouri and he could be a late-round steal if he does end up getting the opportunity in this dynamic Chargers offense. Keep an eye out for the name as preseason rolls around.

Samaje Perine (RB – Cincinnati Bengals): ECR RB85

Looking across the fantasy landscape, there are certain backup RBs that get elevated due to their potential if something were to happen to the start ahead of them. However, no one seems to be talking about Perine and his upside if we see Mixon deal with injury again in 2021. There’s no one else on this depth chart that can step in and take over a significant workload. In a high-powered offense, Perine doesn’t have to be ultra-efficient with his opportunity because scoring opportunities will be available on a weekly basis. I’m typically not a proponent of drafting insurance RBs, but if you do select Mixon early on in your draft, doubling back and snagging Perine with your last pick is a very smart move.

Byron Pringle (WR – Kansas City Chiefs): ECR WR112

A player that I’m keeping a close eye on throughout OTAs and training camp is Byron Pringle in Kansas City. The Chiefs let Sammy Watkins walk in free agency due to his unavailability, which leaves a major opening on this roster for someone else to step up. While some people hope that Mecole Hardman can take that next step, there’s a ton of buzz growing about Pringle and his potential involvement in this offense. Right now, he’s simply a flier pick in the last round of your drafts. However, if he comes out and plays with the starters in Week 1 of the preseason – and puts together a solid showing – we’re going to see his ADP absolutely take flight. If you have the ability to secure him up now, I’d recommend taking the shot on him.

Devin Duvernay (WR – Baltimore Ravens): ECR WR132

One of my favorite deep sleepers this season is Devin Duvernay. Duvernay was very high in my 2020 WR Rankings coming into the NFL and he showed off his speed and athleticism in his limited opportunities last year. Now, all reports are glowing coming out of OTAs and we could actually see this offense turn more towards the passing game in 2021. The off-season additions that Baltimore has made signifies to me that they may be more pass-happy of a team this upcoming season and Duvernay should make a strong case to be the starting slot receiver. He’s not going to receive 10+ targets per game, but he has the speed to take any pass to the house. Just simply keep an eye on him throughout training camp and the preseason. You may end up liking him as much as I do when the time comes to draft.

Travis Fulgham (WR – Philadelphia Eagles): ECR WR102

Fulgham was a waiver wire darling for a good part of 2020, but the offense capsized quickly and Fulgham was no longer featured as a part of the game plan. With a new coaching staff, and a clear vacant role at outside WR, Fulgham could step right back into fantasy relevance in 2021. We know what he can do for fantasy football when he gets the opportunity, so it’s worth closely monitoring this situation as we move throughout training camp and the pre-season.

Gerald Everett (TE – Seattle Seahawks): ECR TE22

We’ve seen flashes from Everett when he’s been the lone option at the TE position in LA previously, but those instances were few and far between. He’s now moved over into Seattle and is reuniting with Shane Waldron, who was with the Rams last season and is now the Offensive Coordinator for the Seahawks. Everett knows this scheme and he should easily take the lead role on this depth chart. He’ll obviously take a clear backseat to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but there could be some games where Everett is on the streaming radar. He’s most likely not worth drafting in your typical redraft leagues – unless we get some glowing reports out of training camp – but he’s someone worth watching if you’re planning on streaming the position.

Blake Jarwin (TE – Dallas Cowboys): ECR TE19

Last season, Jarwin was hyped up as a potential breakout candidate. Unfortunately, his injury early on in the season prevented us from getting to see what he could be in this offense. With that being said, he does have the contract to his name that should ensure him the starting role and this team is going to put points up on the board. If you wait on TE this season and want to double down with a couple of dart throws later on, Jarwin’s a perfect player to take a shot on and see what he can become.

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Kyle Yates is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Kyle, check out his archive and follow him @KyleYNFL.

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