The top post-hype sleepers across fantasy
In the fantasy football world, we use terms like sleeper, bust, breakout candidate and value, among others, but my favorite is the post-hype sleeper. Unlike normal sleepers, the post-hype sleeper was a trendy player in the season (or seasons) before who failed to live up to his draft projection. Now he’s a value based on how quickly people are to write off players as a “bust.”
The best part about the post-hype sleeper is that many owners who were let down by one of these players becomes gun-shy and often leave them off of their draft boards altogether. In turn, the player’s ADP stays reasonable, and an opportunity presents itself for those owners who are willing to separate the past from the present.
Today, we’ll put together a fantasy starting lineup consisting of only post-hype sleepers. All of the following players are currently bargains at their ADP and they’re likely to remain that way through the preseason.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
I am still not sold on Ryan Tannehill the quarterback, but I believe in Ryan Tannehill the fake football QB. Last season, Tannehill was one of the most popular picks to break into the QB1 range. One of the main talking points was the projected improvement in year two of Bill Lazor’s offensive scheme. Tannehill never quite found consistency within the scheme, and Lazor never figured out that you have to stay at least somewhat balanced in your play calling, and in the end, he was a major bust.