There are more cheat sheets and draft guides out there than you can fit in your old JanSport backpack, so we’re going a different direction this year. Instead of writing a draft guide, I’m just going to give you guys my top 4 sleeper picks for this season. “Sleeper” has always been a buzzword in fantasy football. There isn’t really a true “sleeper” anymore since anyone who spends five minutes on Google can find out who the entire fantasy community is fawning over. On my list, “sleeper” also means players who everyone has heard of but are undervalued at their ADP.
Alex Smith, WAS QB
The general consensus seems to be that Washington downgraded when they decided to pay Alex Smith instead of Kirk Cousins. However, my bet is that Alex Smith outperforms Cousins and proves that his success last season wasn’t a fluke. Smith is going to be asked to air it out in Washington so even if he refuses to take deep shots, he’ll still get you fantasy points via yards (plus rushing and TDs. He isn’t exactly a DEEP sleeper, but I think he will vastly outperform his current ADP. Look for Smith to match his numbers from last season, putting up 4,000+ yards and 25+ touchdowns.
Isaiah Crowell, NYJ RB
After what feels like 100 years wasted in Cleveland, Crowell is finally out and guess what? He’s only 25 years old. He should be a three-down back for the Jets and has both a high floor and ceiling. His stock has fallen after Duke Johnson turned his role last season into more of a timeshare, but he is only one year removed from and 952 yard / 7 TD season.
Rex Burkhead, NE RB
The annual headache of trying to figure out which RB to play in the Pats backfield is back. There’s competition now in newly-acquired Jeremy Hill and first round pick Sony Michel. Burkhead is the most versatile of the three and put up 6 touchdowns in the last 5 games of last season. There’s a good chance that Burkhead starts the season off strong and outperforms his ADP.
Corey Davis, TEN WR
Davis was disappointing last season but an extra year and a new QB-friendly system should help him out. He’s going to be WR1 in Tennessee now that Eric Decker is out and Rishard Matthews is injured. He had seven games with 5 or more targets last season and there is nowhere to go but up for the 23 year old.
That’s my list. Target these four players in your leagues and remember to use TeamStake to collect your entry fees!