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Deep Sleepers for All 32 Teams (2022 Fantasy Football)

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Jul 4, 2022
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Whether you’re in a dynasty league or a redraft league with big rosters, striking gold on a draft day deep sleeper can drastically change your team’s fortunes. Sometimes, going off the grid pays off, just look at anyone who drafted Elijah Mitchell last season.

But obviously, deep sleepers are among the hardest fantasy jewels to discover. That won’t stop us from trying, though. Here’s a deep sleeper to consider on all 32 teams for the 2022 fantasy football season.

Rankings noted using FantasyPros half-PPR Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and Consensus ADP.

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Arizona Cardinals: Eno Benjamin (RB – ARI)

Expert Consensus Ranking: RB99

Average Draft Position: 319th overall, RB92

Benjamin barely got his feet wet during his rookie season, rushing for 118 yards and hauling in six passes in just nine games. But more opportunity could be coming for Benjamin now that Chase Edmonds has left town. Ahead of Benjamin are lead back James Conner, who’s injury-prone, and journeyman Darrel Williams. Benjamin could be worth a stash this summer if he has a good training camp.

Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Allgeier (RB – ATL)

Expert Consensus Ranking: RB56

ADP: 162nd overall, RB57

Something tells me Allgeier will be a popular sleeper pick come draft season. The BYU rookie was highly productive with the Cougars, rushing for more than 2,700 yards and 36 touchdowns in his final two collegiate seasons. The presence of last year’s fantasy darling, Cordarrelle Patterson, could suppress the Allgeier buzz, and I’m all for it. I suspect Patterson’s out-of-nowhere 2021 season will be hard to repeat. This backfield is wide open, and I could see Allgeier challenging for at least a timeshare out of the gates.

Baltimore Ravens: James Proche II (WR – BAL)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR140

ADP: N/A

Does it get any deeper than a guy who’s not even showing up on our ADP Consensus list? Proche will likely battle it out with Devin Duvernay for the No. 2 receiving job behind Rashod Bateman. It’s worth wondering how lucrative the No. 2 receiver in Baltimore can be from a fantasy perspective, as Mark Andrews will still garner a ton of targets. But Proche’s incredible production in college gives me reason to hope.

Buffalo Bills: Jamison Crowder (WR – BUF)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR69

ADP: 183rd overall, WR69

Crowder could be an awesome fit as the new slot receiver in Buffalo. We saw Cole Beasley put up respectable seasons with Josh Allen throwing him the ball. And I think Crowder plays the slot role just as well, if not better than Beasley. In a Buffalo offense that’s sure to throw a ton, Crowder could greatly outperform his current rank.

Carolina Panthers: Matt Corral (QB – CAR)

Expert Consensus Ranking: QB37

ADP: 304th overall, QB41

Corral likely will go undrafted in most fantasy football drafts this summer, aside from the deepest of deep leagues. But he’s a sleeper because of the tenuous hold Sam Darnold has on the starting job. It seems highly unlikely that Darnold will turn his career around after another poor showing in 2021. It wouldn’t shock me if Corral seized the job early in the season. And if he does, he could be a viable streamer with a solid group of weapons around him.

Chicago Bears: Khalil Herbert (RB – CHI)

Expert Consensus Ranking: RB54

ADP: 152nd overall, RB50

Khalil Herbert is someone I’m looking to add to all of my dynasty teams. Herbert showed he can be a three-down back during his rookie season, and he was impressive in some spot starts in relief of the injured David Montgomery. Maybe this projection as a deep sleeper is a year early, but Herbert is a good player who has a better shot at supplanting Montgomery than most think.

Cincinnati Bengals: Hayden Hurst (TE – CIN)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE25

ADP: 190th overall, TE25

It’s hard to find a sleeper on an offense with Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. And as someone who fell into the Hayden Hurst trap before, I was hesitant to include him on this list. But with so much emphasis placed on stopping Cincinnati’s trio of receivers, maybe Hurst will go unnoticed and put up a better season than expected. Given the potential of Cincinnati’s offense, the starting tight end should probably be ranked higher.

Cleveland Browns: Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR – CLE)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR75

ADP: 191st overall, WR73

Peoples-Jones is an exciting player with big-play potential. He needs to improve his consistency and efficiency, but I suspect he could be due for a Year 3 breakout if Deshaun Watson is his quarterback for most of the season. He quietly put up 597 yards last season and should have plenty of opportunity as Cleveland’s No. 2 receiver.

Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Tolbert (WR – DAL)

Expert Consensus Rankings: WR105

ADP: 225th overall, ADP89

Jalen Tolbert has a ton of potential to emerge right away in his rookie season. He’s a prolific athlete who went to a smaller school but put up big numbers against high-caliber opponents. CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup will be the top dogs in the Cowboys’ passing game. But it wouldn’t stun me if Tolbert beat out James Washington for third on the depth chart in training camp. He’s a great stash late in drafts.

Denver Broncos: K.J. Hamler (WR – DEN)

Expert Consensus Rankings: WR90

ADP: 283rd overall, WR115

Hamler is pretty much being forgotten in drafts right now, as Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Tim Patrick are garnering most of the attention from fantasy players. It’s easy to forget about Hamler considering he tore his ACL in Week 3 last season. But Hamler’s an explosive weapon out of the slot and could be the field stretcher in an offense now led by Russell Wilson, who throws some of the prettiest deep balls in the league.

Detroit Lions: Jameson Williams (WR – DET)

Expert Consensus Rankings: WR61

ADP: 134th overall, WR58

You could argue whether Williams is a “deep” sleeper given his ADP right now. But I suspect his draft stock will fall once training camp begins, as Williams likely won’t be healthy at the time. Part of drafting Williams will be having the patience to wait for his return. However, he could pay big dividends once he’s healthy. Williams would’ve been the top receiver selected in this year’s draft had he not gotten injured in the national championship game. And Detroit’s receiving depth chart is filled with one outcast after another, and Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Green Bay Packers: Romeo Doubs (WR – GB)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR120

ADP: 301st overall, WR124

There’s plenty of hype surrounding rookie Christian Watson entering the summer. But let’s not forget about Doubs, a fourth-round pick out of Nevada. Doubs isn’t the slickest athlete, but he’s got size, speed, and great ball skills, traits that are critical when playing with Aaron Rodgers.

Houston Texans: Dameon Pierce (RB – HOU)

Expert Consensus Ranking: RB52

ADP: 139th overall, RB49

I suspect Pierce won’t qualify for this list once drafts kick into high gear. But the rookie out of Florida is someone I’ll be considering in every draft this summer. Pierce was a highly productive player in college, scoring 16 touchdowns and averaging 5.7 yards per carry as a senior. For some reason, he wasn’t used a ton in his final season with the Gators. However, the talent is noticeable. Houston’s tailback depth chart features Marlon Mack and Rex Burkhead. It shouldn’t take much for Pierce to win the starting job if he impresses during training camp.

Receiver Nico Collins was also considered, as he’s got great height and ball skills and could be valuable in the red zone.

Indianapolis Colts: Jelani Woods (TE – IND)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE42

ADP: 290th overall, TE38

Talk about deep! Woods was the last tight end listed on our ADP Consensus tool. But at 6-foot-7, 259 pounds, he has the size to become a monster if he can grow into his frame. Tight-end production is all about touchdowns these days, and Woods could become a red-zone monster with some refinement. Former basketball player Mo-Alie Cox is his primary threat to playing time.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Engram (TE – JAC)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE23

ADP: 163rd overall, TE20

Barf. I would’ve passed on the Jaguars, but I didn’t want to disappoint our readers. Engram might be allergic to footballs, but he’s put up fantasy-viable seasons before and lands in a Jaguars offense that will prioritize the tight end under new coach Doug Pederson.

Kansas City Chiefs: Mecole Hardman (WR – KC)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR64

ADP: 161st overall, WR63

Could 2022 finally be the year Mecole Hardman gets his chance in Kansas City? He’s got the speed to replace Tyreek Hill as the vertical threat in the offense.

Las Vegas Raiders: Zamir White (RB – LV)

Expert Consensus Ranking: RB70

ADP: 188th overall, RB62

White is a bruising back who runs with a ton of physicality. Projecting his role is tricky in 2022, as Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake are still around. However, White was hand-picked by this new regime and could see more playing time than expected.

Los Angeles Chargers: Joshua Palmer (WR – LAC)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR76

ADP: 180th overall, WR66

Palmer put up a solid rookie campaign, catching 33 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns. He will probably be fourth in the passing-game hierarchy, but that could be a valuable role in what could be a prolific Chargers offense.

Los Angeles Rams: Van Jefferson (WR – LAR)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR62

ADP: 176th overall, WR68

Jefferson’s value seems deflated across the fantasy market, and I’m not sure why. He caught 50 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns last season and emerged as a deep-threat option for Matthew Stafford. Sure, Allen Robinson is now in town. But the Rams had Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Odell Beckham Jr. in their receiving room last year. Without a true threat to his playing time, even a niche role in this Rams offense deserves more respect than what Jefferson’s getting.

Miami Dolphins: Cedrick Wilson (WR – MIA)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR99

ADP: 254th overall, WR88

Yes, Tyreek Hill is now a Dolphin. Yes, Jaylen Waddle is electric. But let’s not forget that Wilson signed a three-year deal worth $22.8 million with Miami this offseason. And he could be a steady short-field safety valve for Tua Tagovailoa. He’s the clear WR3 in Miami and will be one of Tagovailoa’s first looks if Waddle and Hill aren’t open.

Minnesota Vikings: Irv Smith Jr. (TE – MIN)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE17

ADP: 125th overall, TE14

Smith was one of the most popular sleeper tight ends entering the 2021 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Now recovered, Smith seems to be a bit of an afterthought in fantasy circles. This offense runs through Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson, but maybe new coach Kevin O’Connell can help Smith reach his potential.

New England Patriots: Tyquan Thornton (WR – NE)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR115

ADP: N/A

Finding a sleeper among New England’s questionable group of skill weapons is a tough task. So why not shoot for the moon with the rookie Thornton? The second-round pick out of Baylor brings a speed element that New England’s current receiver group is lacking. We’ll see if Mac Jones chucks the ball downfield more often in Year 2. If he does, many of those targets could go to Thornton.

New Orleans Saints: Adam Trautman (TE – NO)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE26

ADP: 239th overall, TE27

New Orleans is another team that isn’t plush with a deep set of skill players. Chris Olave made a ton of sense for this list, but as the WR50, he’s ranked just a little too high for this exercise. That leads me to Trautman, who still offers intrigue as the starting tight end in New Orleans’ offense.

New York Giants: Wan’Dale Robinson (WR – NYG)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR91

ADP: 264th overall, WR106

I try not to read too much into narratives and rumors. But it’s worth noting that the Giants went out and drafted Robinson in the second round, when he was projected to be a Round 4 pick at best. His skill set also has some overlap with Kadarius Toney, who the trade rumors were circling around briefly. This Giants receiving corps is a mess I don’t want much attachment to. But Robinson’s got a skill set that could make him New York’s version of Deebo Samuel. I’m intrigued.

New York Jets: Braxton Berrios (WR – NYJ)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR88

ADP: 300th overall, WR109

After doing virtually nothing for most of the 2021 season, Berrios emerged late, hauling in 20 balls in his final four games. He ultimately earned a new contract from the Jets, and could be this year’s version of Hunter Renfrow as Zach Wilson‘s short-yardage slot outlet. The Jets suddenly have an interesting receiving room, but Berrios could have appeal if this offense takes a step forward.

Philadelphia Eagles: Quez Watkins (WR – PHI)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR107

ADP: 295th overall, WR91

Watkins quietly put up 647 yards in his second season. Yes, A.J. Brown is now in town. But Watkins fills a role as Philadelphia’s deep threat in this offense. He’s the clear No. 3, but if Jalen Hurts takes a leap forward, Watkins could present some strong value.

Pittsburgh Steelers: George Pickens (WR – PIT)

Expert Consensus Rankings: WR80

ADP: 164th overall, WR67

The rookie Pickens is a polarizing prospect. He’s an exciting prospect with some off-field baggage and injury issues. However, the talent is there. And it wouldn’t stun me if Pickens overtook Chase Claypool as the team’s WR2. He’s got excellent ball skills, size, and is a sharp route runner. If he can bulk up into his 6-foot-3 frame, he could develop into a terrific receiver.

San Francisco 49ers: Tyrion Davis-Price (RB – SF)

Expert Consensus Ranking: RB81

ADP: 189th overall, RB63

Is Elijah Mitchell about to get… Elijah Mitchell’d? After his excellent rookie season, the 49ers went out and drafted Davis-Price in the third round of the draft. He’s an inconsistent runner, but he offers a good blend of size and explosiveness. Davis-Price has some significant upside as a prospect. However, we said similar things about Trey Sermon.

Seattle Seahawks: D’Wayne Eskridge (WR – SEA)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR116

ADP: 359th overall, WR128

Seattle is another team lacking options for this list. Eskridge is a 2021 second-round pick who played in just seven games as a rookie after getting concussed. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury right now, but he could compete for the No. 3 spot on Seattle’s depth chart if he can finally get healthy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Brate (TE – TB)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE35

ADP: 229th overall, TE28

Brate likely won’t be ranked this low for long. Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement, meaning Brate should step in as Tampa’s starting tight end. Brate has a ton of upside in 2022.

Tennessee Titans: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR – TEN)

Expert Consensus Ranking: WR125

ADP: 307th overall, WR126

Westbrook-Ikhine offers some intrigue as a deep sleeper at receiver. The Titans traded A.J. Brown and replaced him with Robert Woods, who is coming off an ACL injury, and rookie Treylon Burks, who hasn’t gotten off to a great start during offseason workouts. Westbrook-Ikhine caught 38 passes for 476 yards in 2021, and he could be in store for a larger role in his third season.

Washington Commanders: Brian Robinson Jr. (RB – WAS)

Expert Consensus Ranking: RB66

ADP: 219th overall, RB71

Robinson could earn playing time early as Washington’s early-down and goal-line back. It’s fair to question the trust level between Washington and Antonio Gibson after a fumble-filled 2021 season. Robinson could see work right away.

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