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Fantasy Football Sleepers: Antonio Gibson, Noah Fant, Jacob Cowing

We all know the real fantasy football draft begins in the later rounds. This is where strategy and research are very important in building your championship roster. That especially comes with fantasy football draft sleepers. If you hit on a fantasy football sleeper late in the draft who outperforms their ADP, you’re almost guaranteed to take home a trophy. Look to grab these potential fantasy football sleepers late in your 2o24 drafts.

Fantasy Football Draft Sleepers

(ADP courtesy of FantasyPros)

Antonio Gibson (RB – NE) | ADP: 157 (RB48)

Antonio Gibson had a 1,000-rushing-yard season in 2021, but the Commanders still decided to draft a running back in the next draft. What makes Gibson such a viable option is his ability in the passing game. He’s been one of the better pass-catching running backs in the league, ranking top 10 in targets, catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns over the last four seasons.

Rhamondre Stevenson is his biggest competition, but he had a disappointing 2023, averaging a career-worse 4.0 yards per carry, 4.7 scrimmage yards per touch and a 74.5% catch rate. He also missed time with an injury, something he’s done in two of three seasons.

Noah Fant (TE – SEA) | ADP: 194 (TE:26)

The free Noah Fant campaign was on during the offseason, so some were perplexed when he decided to re-sign with the Seahawks. Just because he is with the same team doesn’t mean we see the same results. The old regime is out, and a fresh perspective could mean a resurgence for Fant.

Former University of Washington offensive coordinator Bryan Grubb will call plays this year. He recently led the Huskies as one of the more successful offenses in College Football, especially in the passing game. The downfield approach could play well for someone like Fant, who comes with above-average quickness for someone his size.

The Seattle depth chart is much thinner with Colby Parkinson and Will Dissly gone, so he should have a high snap and target rate amongst the position.

Jacob Cowing (WR – SF) | ADP: 256 (WR108)

Jacob Cowing was the second-drafted wide receiver by the 49ers, but don’t be surprised when he emerges as one of the top options for Brock Purdy. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, one at UTEP and another at Arizona. Although he didn’t accomplish that last year, he did have 13 touchdowns.

What’s impressive about Kyle Shanahan is that he knows how to spot talent and those who will fit in his system. Cowing can line up in almost any spot. He has excellent footwork and a quick burst for the potential of a big play. He’s coming in with 59 screen targets and an average of 7.6 yards per play over the previous two seasons; we know that is the type of receiver Shanahan loves.

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