One of the biggest buzzwords in fantasy football is “sleeper.” Finding those sleeper fantasy football picks is one of the best ways to fast-track your roster to make the playoffs and ultimately winning your championship. In today’s article, we will be searching for the deep sleepers, the diamonds in the rough. These deep sleepers go even later than your average sleeper, thus making them even rarer. Let’s try to find that deep ADP dart throw that can help you win your league.
2021 Fantasy Football Must-Draft Deep Sleepers
John Brown — WR, Las Vegas Raiders
In Las Vegas, there appears to be no clear wide receiver number one. The wide receiver room is certainly cloudy, filled with Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards, John Brown, and Hunter Renfrow to name a few. To me, there is a clear battle here between two wide receivers to play second fiddle behind Darren Waller to be the next-highest target recipient in this offense. Those receivers are Brown and Ruggs. Ruggs’ rookie season was very lackluster and he does not seem like an alpha wide receiver, whereas Brown could be that guy. In 2020, Brown was not given much of a chance in Buffalo as he only played in nine games, but in 2019 he played in 15 games. Having 72 catches on 115 targets for 1,060 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. I could see a similar season this year in Vegas for Brown. Some will try to bring up Edwards, but I don’t really see him being in this conversation.
Tevin Coleman — RB, New York Jets
The early word out of camp is that Michael Carter has been dominant getting the first-team reps. The reason behind liking Tevin Coleman here is not because I believe Carter is a bad running back, but because I believe that Coleman is the clear 1B in this backfield to Carter’s 1A. Meaning, I think they will both be seeing a ton of work in this Jets’ offense. Much of the praise for Coleman is his excellent pass-catching ability, which is very important for a running back to stay on the field. The biggest point to back the notion of wanting to draft Coleman is the coaching in New York. The brand new Jets head coach is former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, and the new offensive coordinator is Mike LaFleur both coming from San Francisco. Guess who else came from San Francisco? Tevin Coleman. Even if Carter does take a stranglehold over this backfield, at least Coleman should be an excellent handcuff.
Rob Gronkowski — TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This season, unlike in the past, Gronkowski appears to be coming off the board super late in drafts. Even with the name value, his ADP continues to plummet off the face of the earth. While I am still 100% sure there will be tons of leagues where John from accounting takes Gronkowski in the fourth round, in most leagues that is just not the case. The hate has gone too far at this point, even if O.J. Howard will steal some shine you can do a lot worse than a late-round attempt on a potential TE1. Tom Brady should still be the same Tom Brady as last season as it appears the guy ages in reverse, so Gronkowski will still have tons of opportunities to rack in those touchdowns.
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Tua Tagovailoa — QB, Miami Dolphins
Last season Tua played just about decent enough to not be labeled as a bust. There were highs like against the Arizona Cardinals where Tagovailoa was in a duel with Kyler Murray, there were also lows where the Buffalo Bills left Tagovailoa speechless. Much of the dismay for Tagovailoa came from offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s atrocious play calling. Tagovailoa was basically handcuffed by the play calling and was forced to become a short game machine. Now in 2021 Tagovailoa will be looked to be unleashed by the offensive coordinator combo of George Godsey and Eric Studesville. Word out of training camp is that Tua is looking great and that the play calling looks more aggressive, which makes sense in why they took Jaylen Waddle in the NFL Draft and added Will Fuller V in free agency. A more aggressive pass attack is exactly what they want to be. This should bode well for the left-handed second-year quarterback out of Alabama.
Byron Pringle — WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Byron Pringle is in that part of the draft where it is a full-on eye-closed dart throw from across the bar. For years, people have been clambering for a Mecole Hardman breakout season, but it has yet to happen. With the exit of Sammy Watkins, who found his new home in Baltimore, there is a wide open spot for the taking as the new No. 2 wide receiver in Kansas City. People will talk about Demarcus Robinson and Hardman over Pringle, but Pringle has just as good of a chance as those two. He fits the Sammy Watkins role better than Robinson and Hardman. It is definitely a long shot, but if you are in a very deep league take the shot on Pringle as one of your fantasy football sleeper picks.
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