Everybody loves sleepers in fantasy football. Sleeper discussion has become so prevalent that it’s starting to take on the same level of importance that ball bearings had to aviation in the movie Fletch (“It’s all ball bearings nowadays!”).
But the difficult thing about preseason fantasy sleepers is that they kind of only go two directions. First, there is the sleeper that nobody catches on to. They’re great except that on draft day you might start to second guess yourself and wonder if you’re crazy for thinking the player might have a good year. It’s no fun to be alone on an island. Think of Kurt Warner in 2008 going off at… wait for it… QB23!!! He had finished the 2nd half of 2007 behind only Tom Brady in touchdowns and he was going off as a bottom level 2nd string QB. It was unbelievable, but it was also the kind of thing where you started to doubt whether you could be right that Warner was a smoking value proposition.
The other kind of sleeper is the fashionable sleeper. The fashionable sleeper becomes so popular that he flies up draft boards and by the time you draft, he’s actually become overvalued. You and I both know who we’re talking about here and it rhymes with Helix Bones.
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