Fantasy football sleepers are players who can be acquired at a low cost and provide great value. These players could potentially outperform their draft position, making them worth the risk for fantasy owners.
The fantasy football 2021 rankings is a ranking of the top players at each position for the upcoming season.
It’s August, and the NFL regular season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start looking at some of the draft’s underrated prospects. Every position has players with promise, and some of these players may emerge as sleepers who win fantasy leagues. James Robinson came out of nowhere last year to become a fantastic RB1 for fantasy owners. Let’s take a look at a couple guys this season that have comparable potential.
Quarterbacks to Watch
It’s difficult to have faith in a rookie to walk into the limelight and succeed, but Zach Wilson has a strong opportunity to be far better than his peers this season.
The Jets have more skill than most people realize, and Elijah Moore is a capable receiver who should be considered a sleeper in his own right. Wilson also ran for 10 touchdowns in 2020, which bodes well for his fantasy quarterback potential this season. Wilson isn’t to be overlooked simply because he plays for the Jets.
This season, the New Orleans Saints will have to depend on someone as quarterback, and Jameis Winston seems to be that man right now. Winston threw 30 interceptions in a single season, but he also threw 33 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards passing. Winston may be prone to turnovers, but his volume and performance in the past indicate that if he wins the starting position, he could easily be a top 10 fantasy quarterback this season.
Running Backs Who Go Unnoticed
According to Sports Illustrated, the Buffalo Bills’ running game was abysmal in 2020, and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has indicated a desire to be more balanced in the approach. Then there’s Zack Moss. The Bills showed their faith in Moss by not selecting a running back in the NFL draft of 2021.
Moss is a more powerful player than Devin Singletary, therefore we should see more of him on the field this season.
It’s difficult to see the Packers not using A.J. Dillon more in 2021. Dillon showed his promise in a three-touchdown performance against the Titans, and he now serves as the team’s bruiser.
With Jamaal Williams now in Detroit, Dillon will be Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ obvious second option. Since a result, Dillon is fantasy-relevant, as Williams was able to contribute to the offense every week. Dillon immediately becomes a top 10 fantasy running back if Jones goes down, and he’s being picked in the 110s in ESPN mock drafts, which is crazy. Take him a bit early and put your faith in the Packers to get him some reps.
Wide Receivers for Sleepers
Jamison Crowder, the Jets’ wide receiver, seems to be uninterested this season for whatever reason. On Fantasy Football Calculator, he isn’t even among the top 200 players. With a poor quarterback in Sam Darnold, Crowder had 700 yards and six touchdowns in only 12 games this season.
Now he has Zach Wilson and a much superior offensive to work with. Crowder has been entirely removed from most selections as a result of this, which makes little sense. Crowder will have competition from Elijah Moore, another sleeper, but the veteran has plenty of experience separating himself at the wide receiver position.
Brandon Aiyuk was one of the league’s best fantasy receivers in the final stages of the season, earning double-digit fantasy points three times in four weeks. It didn’t matter if the 49ers’ quarterbacks were ineffective because Aiyuk was able to convert screen passes into huge plays. Starting the season with Jimmy Garoppolo should help Aiyuk, and he might benefit even more if Trey Lance takes over at any time.
Tight Ends (Sleeper)
Noah Fant is still one of the league’s best tight ends, and Drew Lock should feel more at ease throwing to him in year two. If Lock loses the fight, Bridgewater enjoys checking down passes, then Fant will emerge as a viable option as quarterback. Fant is worth a try if you’re looking for a late flier on a tight end.
Last season, Jared Cook struggled with the Saints, ranking 18th in fantasy points among all tight ends. Cook had two top-seven seasons in a row before to last season, and he should be able to reclaim his form this season with a much superior quarterback in Justin Herbert. Drew Brees wasn’t known for heaving the ball downfield, but Herbert will, and Cook may have another top-seven fantasy season. Cook is a late-round pick worth considering.
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