Everyone loves a competitive redraft league, while dynasty leagues are the best type of fantasy football. However, best ball has become a popular offseason game. It’s an excellent way to play fantasy football without adding to your in-season workload.
Furthermore, it’s a different style of fantasy football. Unlike with season-long leagues, you don’t make any weekly adjustments during the season. Once you draft your team, you don’t have to look at your best ball roster until the end of the year.
However, finding sleepers or late-round values is critical to winning your best ball leagues, just like in season-long. Here are eight of my favorite late-round best ball draft targets.
All eight players have an ADP outside the top 100 on Underdog Fantasy.
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Best Ball Late-Round Targets (2023 Fantasy Football)
Russell Wilson (DEN): ADP 114.9 | QB16
Fantasy players were excited to draft Wilson after he got traded to the Broncos last offseason. However, his first year in Denver was a disaster. The veteran quarterback had only 16 passing touchdowns, a career-low. While he averaged a career-low 15 fantasy points per game in 2022, the veteran ended the year playing well. Over the final four games, Wilson averaged two passing touchdowns and 20.1 fantasy points per contest. Furthermore, he had 505 passing yards, six total touchdowns, and 46.7 fantasy points in the two games without Nathaniel Hackett last season. With Sean Payton taking over as the head coach, Wilson will return to his mid-QB1 status next year, making him a steal at his current QB16 price tag.
Sam Howell (WAS): ADP 177.7 | QB27
While the rookie started only one game last year, Howell has the inside track to be the starting quarterback in 2023. The former North Carolina star scored 18.3 fantasy points in his lone start as a rookie. He was productive throwing the ball, totaling 169 passing yards on only 19 pass attempts. However, the rookie made an impact in the running game. Howell had only five rushing attempts. Yet, he had 35 rushing yards and a touchdown. Howell’s ADP will rise if he is the starter, and for a good reason. Washington has a talented wide receiver duo with Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson. Furthermore, Howell’s rushing ability could allow him to have a Daniel Jones 2022-like season next year.
Kenneth Gainwell (PHI): ADP 118.3 | RB37
Last year Miles Sanders had a career year with 1,269 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. However, the veteran running back has likely played his last game with the team. Philadelphia has numerous free agents this offseason and limited salary cap space. Therefore, Gainwell could have a lead role in 2023. The former Memphis star has only 121 rushing attempts in his career. Yet, he has averaged 0.89 half-point PPR fantasy points per rushing attempt. While Gainwell didn’t have a game with double-digit rushing attempts in 2022, he was productive despite limited work. Last year, the former Kentucky star averaged eight fantasy points per contest in the seven games with four or more rushing attempts.
D’Onta Foreman (CAR): ADP 155.6 | RB46
Everyone thought the Panthers were giving up on the season when they traded away Christian McCaffrey. Despite trading their franchise player, Carolina maintained a strong running game thanks to Foreman. The former Longhorn was the RB19, averaging 11.4 half-point PPR fantasy points per game in the 11 contests after the McCaffrey trade. Furthermore, Foreman had nearly 1,000 yards rushing despite totaling only 12 rushing attempts over the first six weeks last season. Reportedly, Carolina wants the veteran running back next year, and the two sides should have a new contract worked out in the next week or so. Unless the team drafts Bijan Robinson in the first round, Foreman will be an RB2 in 2023.
Isaiah Hodgins (NYG): ADP 145.4 | WR65
No one had ever heard of Hodgins until the Giants signed him in the middle of the season. However, the second-year receiver was a waiver wire star for fantasy players. He averaged 9.5 half-point PPR fantasy points per game in eight contests with New York. More importantly, Hodgins flashed starting-caliber play when given the targets. Over the final five games of the regular season, the second-year receiver averaged 6.6 targets per contest, seeing at least six targets three times. He averaged 12.7 fantasy points per game in those matchups. While the Giants likely will add an alpha wide receiver this offseason, Hodgins has the talent to carve out a starting role next season.
Rashid Shaheed (NO): ADP 163.4 | WR73
While many don’t know who Shaheed is, the undrafted free agent rookie had more half-point PPR fantasy points in 2022 than Michael Gallup, Chase Claypool, and Elijah Moore despite playing fewer games. Shaheed’s first career touch was a rushing attempt for 44 yards and a touchdown. Furthermore, his first career reception was for 53 yards and a score. More importantly, the rookie was the WR24 over the final four weeks last season, averaging 2.1 fantasy points per target and 9.9 fantasy points per game despite scoring only one touchdown. The Saints have limited cap space this season, meaning Shaheed could have a starting role opposite Chris Olave and Michael Thomas next year.
Chigoziem Okonkwo (TEN): ADP 140.1 | TE15
Despite the quiet start, the former Maryland star ended his rookie season playing excellent football. Over the final 10 games last season, Okonkwo averaged 6.8 half-point PPR fantasy points per game on only 3.8 targets per contest. More importantly, he was the TE10 over the final 10 games in 2022. Furthermore, the rookie averaged nearly two fantasy points per target over the last eight games of the year. The Titans recently released Robert Woods and won’t re-sign Austin Hooper this offseason. So while Treylon Burks should be the No. 1 pass catcher, Okonkwo could have 100 or more targets in 2023.
Mike Gesicki (MIA): ADP 172.1 | TE20
Last year the Dolphins barely took advantage of Gesicki’s talent despite placing the franchise tag on the tight end. He ended the year as the TE22, averaging only 4.8 half-point PPR fantasy points per game. The former Penn State star averaged fewer fantasy points per game than several below-average tight ends, including Jordan Akins and Robert Tonyan. However, the veteran tight end averaged 6.1 targets and 8.2 fantasy points per game over the past two seasons before last year. Thankfully, Miami will not tag the veteran again this offseason. Therefore, Gesicki will be free to sign with a team that will actually use his skills in about a week. The veteran has too much talent to have a lower ADP than Taysom Hill.