2021 Fantasy Football Sleepers
Drafting high-upside players in the later rounds of your fantasy football draft can be the difference between winning and losing your league. Swing for the fences with these picks! Take a shot on rookies, players entering new systems, and backups in great situations. Consider selecting these 20 undervalued players with league-winning upside.
Gus Edwards (Baltimore Ravens RB)
The J.K. Dobbins injury has sent his value soaring. He's averaged over 5 yards per carry for his career. With Lamar Jackson under center, the Ravens will continue to pound the rock. Edwards will be a steady fantasy producer this season.
Darrell Henderson (Los Angeles Rams RB)
McVay's running backs produce. Don't be deterred by the Sony Michel addition. They just needed depth. Henderson is the main man with Cam Akers out for the season.
Javonte Williams (Denver Broncos RB)
Williams, not Melvin Gordon, will dominate touches in the Denver backfield. He's a star in the making. He forced the most missed tackles in college football last year.
Trey Sermon (San Francisco 49ers RB)
Shanahan's running backs produce. Mostert can't stay healthy. Before long, Sermon will take over in this backfield. Watch out when he does.
Rhamondre Stevenson (New England Patriots RB)
Goodbye, Sony Michel. Hello Rhamondre Stevenson. The former Oklahoma running back has been a star this preseason. The Patriots will pound the rock with below-average perimeter players and an elite offensive line. He'll score touchdowns.
Chuba Hubbard (Carolina Panthers RB)
Christian McCaffrey's backup. Joe Brady will coach this offense up. A lot of points will be scored in Carolina this season. If McCaffrey has another injury-riddled campaign, Hubbard could become a massive bargain.
Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys RB)
Ezekiel Elliott's backup. A terrible defense and an elite offense is any fantasy football player's dream. This Dallas team will produce in fantasy.
Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati Bengals WR)
Joe Burrow and Tyler Boyd had a terrific connection before Burrow's season-ending injury. Don't worry about the Ja'Marr Chase addition. Burrow loves targeting his slot receivers. Boyd is one of the most underrated players in the league.
Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos WR)
Drew Lock no longer starts for Denver. Thank God. Jeudy, the former Biletnikoff winner, breaks out this season. Don't worry about the drops. This guy is a stud.
Jaylen Waddle (Miami Dolphins WR)
You don't draft a receiver 6th overall without plans to feed him the ball. He's been lighting it up in training camp. Waddle will do the same during the regular season with his former college quarterback under center.
Devonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles WR)
Smith is the #1 receiver on a team that will suck. They'll trail in plenty of games. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner is well worth a flyer at his current ADP.
Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers WR)
Williams will play the same role in Mike Lombardi's offense as Michael Thomas did for the Saints. Justin Herbert is a rockstar. If Williams can stay healthy, he is well worth the late round flyer. The former #7 pick has league-winning upside.
Terrace Marshall Jr. (Carolina Panthers WR)
The highest graded rookie receiver in the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus. The Panthers leapfrogged the Saints in the 2021 NFL Draft to draft the LSU wideout for a reason. Joe Brady will find ways to incorporate Marshall into the offense.
Marquez Callaway (New Orleans Saints WR)
Michael Thomas is out for several weeks. Jameis Winston is a gunslinger. Someone needs to catch passes for the Saints. If the Saints-Jaguars preseason game was any indication, Callaway may be the guy that dominates target share in this offense.
Elijah Moore (New York Jets WR)
When Odell Beckham calls you a potential All-Pro as a rookie, you're a baller. He's been lighting it up in training camp. Fellow wideout Corey Davis is also worth a late-round look.
Emmanuel Sanders (Buffalo Bills WR)
The Bills are one of the most pass-happy teams in the league. They'll light up the scoreboard this season. Outside of Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen, why are the offensive weapons ranked so low in fantasy? Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders, or Gabriel Davis will produce, for sure. I'll take Sanders at his current ADP.
Marvin Jones Jr. (Jacksonville Jaguars WR)
Trevor Lawrence has to throw the ball to someone. Expect the NFL vet to become the go-to target for Lawrence. Jones has been really good the past couple of seasons. His current ADP is borderline disrespectful for a potential #1 target.
Trey Lance (San Francisco 49ers QB)
Lance may not begin the season as the starter in San Francisco, but I'm confident he'll finish the season as QB1. His rushing upside is too good to pass up. San Francisco plays the easiest schedule in the league, and head coach Kyle Shanahan is an offensive wizard. Lance will produce big numbers in fantasy, due to his play style.
Donald Parham Jr. (Los Angeles Chargers TE)
This dude is 6'8". Jared Cook is washed. Parham is a deep sleeper worth considering.
Denver Broncos Defense (DEF)
Vic Fangio. Von Miller. The best secondary in football playing a bunch of below-average passing attacks. Denver will be excellent on defense this season.
Other names to consider: Jamaal Williams (Detroit Lions RB), Zack Moss (Buffalo Bills RB), Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans QB)
If you want to win your league, don’t just autopick your last few selections. Draft these sleepers to fill out your bench. You’ll be glad you did come December.
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