We are down to the final week of fantasy football drafts, and we know there is still a big group of slackers out there that haven’t started their research for 2016 yet. Fear not, we have a fantasy cheat sheet that will walk you through who to draft when, and now have created the ultimate list of sleepers.
Target these sleepers at or before their current ADP and dominate your 2016 fantasy football league.
Current ADP: 85
Everything out of Detroit has been gearing us toward a monster season out of Abdullah. They reworked their offensive line, and offense overall, to be more effective running the football, and are fully committed to Abdullah as their workhorse. Keep in mind that this time last year he was Joique Bell’s backup, and Riddick was getting 100% of 3rd down work.
Everytime I bring him up I get questions about his durability… This is a player that hasn’t missed a single game since high school. That was a lot of carries at Nebraska without a single game missed. In his first quarter of preseason action, against the Ravens, Abdullah would have put up a 5/31/1 line if it hadn’t been for a holding call on a backup tight end.
Current ADP: 96
To be clear, he’s a sleeper for PPR leagues… I think Blount is still the Patriot back to own in standard leagues, at least for the first four weeks. Once Brady is back, this offense should resemble what we saw last season, with White having a monster role in the passing game.
Dion Lewis was the 5th highest scoring RB in PPR format last season, and based on everything Belichick and co have said this preseason, they see White as filling the exact same role. Getting that kind of value at the end of the 8th round is what can make your fantasy season.
Current ADP: 123
Now entering his 4th season in the Steelers system with Big Ben, Wheaton is primed to have a breakout season. The Steelers value experience more than any other organization in the NFL, and with no Heath Miller or Martavis Bryant this seaosn, Wheaton is going to see his role expand tremendously this season.
He finished 2015 on fire with 28/376/4 in his final 6 games, and it’s tough to know what his season would have looked like if Ben could have played more than 10 full games. As the number 2 option in one of the best offense’s in the NFL, he’s currently insanely undervalued at 123.
Current ADP: 124
Anytime now Tevin… We have been preaching all offseason that Coleman is the best back in Atlanta, the staff knows it, and Devonta is way overvalued. We have heard to expect a 50/50 split from Falcons beat writers as recently as last week, so we are holding out hope even though Coleman has seen little work in the preseason.
It could be they are protecting him from injury as he missed time with a rib injury and concussion in his rookie season. It’s hard to pass on a 50% share of the most productive backfield in fantasy football last season in the 11th round of your draft.
Current ADP: 146
There are two names on the bottom of this list that changed teams and are now in make-or-break years in their fantasy careers. Cook has always been one of the most talented tight ends in the NFL. He’s huge, fast, has better hands than he gets credit for, but has played with some of the worst starting quarterbacks we have ever seen in this league.
Now with Aaron Rodgers, it’s clear both guys are excited about the potential here, and in their first 3 seasons together, Rodgers connected with Cook on 4 out of 5 targets for 54 yards. This Packers system hasn’t had a legit tight end since Jermichael Finley, who had a run as one of the better tight ends in fantasy football.
Current ADP: 154
Will Fuller is legit. This isn’t a reactionary pick following a preseason game where he went for 3/67/1 (dropped another deep touchdown pass) in a half against one of the best defenses in football. He has elite speed, good hands, is a smart player, is playing for one of the better offensive minds in football, opposite of one of the best receivers in football.
He isn’t an every week starter, but someone that you can plug in on bye weeks and get a long touchdown from. Give him an additional bump if you are in a keeper league, he and Hopkins could be one of the better combinations for the next 5+ years. Keep track of their performance with our fanduel review.
Current ADP: 162
I feel like the fantasy football community is missing the boat with Ebron, and there is absolutely no reason for it to happen. I could get if he lacked opportunity, a role, or talent, but this is the most talented tight end in the NFL in a perfect situation.
Ebron was the number 13 fantasy tight end last season, despite missing 3 games and sharing targets with Calvin Johnson. Reports throughout the offseason have stated he absolutely dominated 1’s against 1’s, and was in line to have a breakout season. He will be back for week 1 of the season, and may be available in your league’s waiver… you know what you have to do.
Current ADP: 167
Mike Wallace hasn’t played with a legit NFL quarterback in three years… He played with a rookie Ryan Tannehill, then had 10 touchdowns in Tannehill’s sophomore season, then got the thrill of playing in Minnesota’s offense last year. This season Wallace, one of the best deep threats in football, plays with one of (if not the) best deep ball throwers in the game.
In his first action of the season with Flacco, Wallace caught 3/37 in less than a quarter of action and they just narrowly missed out on what would have been a 60+ yard touchdown. Wallace is in line for a rebound season, and is currently going at the end of the 14th round. Watch this pair flourish together and track on our weekly draftkings review.
Quinton Patton/Shaun Draughn
Current ADP: —
If we learned anything during Chip Kelly’s time in Philly it is that he will make his position players fantasy relevant. By default, that may end up being Quinton Patton and Shaun Draughn this season. Bruce Ellington and Carlos Hyde are the starters, but neither can stay healthy. You likely aren’t drafting either of theses players, but if you have a bench spot to burn, I think there is a chance both are household names by the end of the season.