In today’s age of fantasy football, there is no such thing as a sleeper. You mostly have overvalued and undervalued players.
Some leagues are deeper though, especially in dynasty formats. It is there that the true meaning of “sleeper” becomes more realized.
Still, even those in normal-sized redraft leagues owners should have an idea of which players are deep sleepers. Below is a look at a player from each of the 16 AFC teams that fits the bill:
Benjamin Watson, TE
Given the injuries already this offseason of Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gilmore, the depth chart is wide open for Watson. The 36-year-old is a full year removed from an Achilles’ injury that cost him all of 2016 and is only two years removed from a 74-catch, 825-yard performance in which he scored six times as a member of the Saints. He’s not worth drafting, but if he could be worth a waiver wire look at some point.
Mike Gillislee’s signing in New England has drawn plenty of banter in fantasy circles this summer, but not enough emphasis has been placed on what his departure meant in Buffalo. Williams, a second-year running back, is expected to be LeSean McCoy’s backup. McCoy has struggled in short-yardage situations and with various injuries in the past and is now 29 years old. Williams could slide into a valuable role sooner rather than later at least at the goal line.
Jeremy Hill, RB
The buzz in Cincinnati so far in training camp has centered on Joe Mixon, but Hill is not going to fade away altogether. Still just 24 years old, Hill has scored 30 times in three years as a pro and finished as RB2 or better in both PPR and standard formats each season. There are plenty of reasons to suggest regression, including increased competition, a downgrade on the offensive line and the fact Hill went from 5.1 yards per carry as a rookie to just 3.7 yards per carry in 2016. Still, at his current price tag (10.07 ADP) he carries a fair amount of value.