This time of yr may be one of the enjoyable components of the soccer season. No, I’m not kidding. It’s hypothesis season, the place any idea or concept or sizzling take might be doable. In order we head into the fantasy soccer season, one of the best managers are doing what they will to discover a aggressive edge. They’re looking for a strategy to eke out good worth within the draft.
That’s what I’m right here for.
It’s early. Hopefully, you received’t be drafting for a couple of weeks. However these sleepers are gamers to maintain in your radar. A few of them are deep sleepers, gamers you won’t know nicely. A few of them are merely gamers that I count on to outperform their ADP (from fantasypros.com). So let’s dive into the fantasy soccer gamers that current good worth for 2021.
It’s going to be extraordinarily laborious to determine operating again sleepers in 2021 — the dependable backs will go within the first two rounds. Edmonds, in the meantime, is RB27 as the highest possibility in a tandem with James Conner, who signed with the Cardinals in free company. Kenyan Drake, the Playing cards’ RB1 in 2020, is gone. Edmonds has a transparent path to the highest of the depth chart, and even when it’s a real timeshare, Conner has missed 14 video games in his 4 years within the league. He’s by no means performed a full NFL season.
At TE12, you may’t actually go mistaken. At that time, you’re both searching for a flier starter or a backup. Tonyan is a strong danger after an 11-touchdown season in 2020.
He’s a family title. And but he’s one way or the other landed at WR24. Merely, the Giants didn’t pay Golladay $72 million to complete with much less manufacturing than Bengals rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase (WR23). I simply have a tough time seeing a situation the place Golladay doesn’t put up 1,000 yards and 10 landing, if wholesome. Simply regulate his hamstring injury,
Somebody has to catch the ball for the Lions. Their choices embrace Williams, Breshad Perriman and Amon-Ra St. Brown, amongst others. If I had been to wager on which participant can truly put up fantasy-relevant numbers, Williams is the most secure one.
He’s QB25, however has weapons like Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Dyami Brown, Antonio Gibson and Logan Thomas. Fitz additionally has no competitors, so he’s unlikely to get benched. He’s simply going to gunsling all season lengthy. That must be good for fantasy numbers.
Right here’s one other quarterback not getting sufficient love. Within the last 4 video games final season, he put up 23.75 factors per recreation. He has two tight ends (Dallas Goedert, Zach Ertz) as security nets and two younger, growing receviers (Jaelen Reagor, Devonta Smith). Hurts could not win many actual video games, however he ought to assist win loads of fantasy soccer video games.
I’ll admit it. I’m most likely overthinking this one. The selection might be Chase Claypool (71st general in ADP). However between Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Steelers’ receivers might be exasperating. So possibly you are taking a final-round flier on Freiermuth, a rookie tight finish who might show helpful to Pittsburgh.
He’s going to be a stud. QB13? Extra like QB1 or 3. (I’m kidding — type of.)
Raheem Mostert is excellent, and coach Kyle Shanahan cherished the operating again sufficient to offer him a contract extension. However Sermon is a special type of runner than the opposite backs. Merely, he’s loads greater. I’m fascinated to see how they use him. He might come on late within the season and be an enormous contributor.
OK, so I used to be supposed to choose a sleeper for each group. However with the Colts having no quarterback, I don’t really feel nice about choosing Pittman. With Jonathan Taylor taking an elevated position, I don’t actually like Nyheim Hines. The receivers and tight ends seem like bother, for now. As WR44, Michael Pittman is the only option for a “sleeper.” That’s most likely a spot Pittman can exceed, however provided that Carson Wentz returns wholesome and higher than final yr. These are two large ifs.
For the primary 4 weeks of the season (when Dak Prescott was wholesome), Dalton Schultz was TE8. On the time, he was the highest tight finish on the depth chart. If Jarwin is the highest tight finish and Dak is wholesome, it’s simple to think about Jarwin popping like Schultz did.
Sammy Watkins is gone. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are nonetheless within the offense. So what’s after them: Mecole Hardman or Demarcus Robinson? Hardman goes pretty excessive, and has confirmed he can produce. I like Robinson’s ADP higher — plus he’s extra of a constant pass-catcher, reasonably that Hardman’s hot-and-cold scoring with large performs.
Justin Herbert is a monster. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will all the time be there to do their factor. However I wouldn’t be stunned if a 3rd possibility emerged within the passing offense, even with Jared Cook dinner changing Hunter Henry. Palmer might be that man.
In 2019, Sutton was WR17. Possibly he’s getting back from damage. And possibly his QB is to be decided. However I count on to see him to outplay his place as WR33.
He’s going to be a stud. I don’t care that he’s a Jet. I don’t care that his QB is a rookie (Zach Wilson). I’m telling you: Moore goes to be a stud.
He lead the group in receptions and receiving yards in 2020 regardless of getting buried on the depth chart and barely seeing the sector for the primary 5 video games. As soon as he acquired the beginning in Week 7, he was the one participant Cam Newton might depend on. I do know that Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne all joined the group. Meyers nonetheless has a great an opportunity as anybody to guide the group in catches.
In 2019, he put up 72 catches for 1,060 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2020, he was on tempo to do one thing comparable on the identical roster as Stefon Diggs, with Brown posting 33 catches, 458 yards and three touchdowns in 9 video games. Vegas has no true No. 1 receiver. Brown might simply be that man.
Final yr, he was QB7, higher than Tom Brady, Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson. Tannehill misplaced tight finish Jonnu Smith however gained receiver Julio Jones. Wideout A.J. Brown is just more likely to get higher. I feel Tannehill has a shot to complete QB5-7 in 2021.
The Payments don’t run the ball that always, and so they wish to put collectively a committee with Singletary and Zack Moss. Quarterback Josh Allen tends to vulture touchdowns, too. So Singletary is a difficult participant to draft. However if you’d like a operating again with upside, he acquired 194 touches (156 carries, 38 catches) in 2020. That’s a reasonably regular workload for RB41. I like Singletary greater than Moss, who’s RB38.
Right here’s one other late-round tight finish that may be value rostering in case he pops. Smith is TE17, and is getting loads of love from insiders like Adam Schefter and Matthew Berry. Smith shouldn’t be a participant it’s best to draft as your starter, however stash him and he could find yourself being your high tight finish.
How a couple of DEEP sleeper? Let’s take the Falcons’ WR3, Zaccheaus. Right here’s my logic. Nearly as good as Kyle Pitts is, we’ve seen first-round tight ends disappoint yr after yr — notably of their rookie season. With Julio Jones gone, the Falcons have loads of targets to go round. Russell Gage, a possession receiver, shall be within the combine, however Zaccheaus has much more upside.
Right here’s what makes Gaskin most fascinating to me: In his last 8 video games (which had been damaged up by two accidents), he was averaging 19.6 touches per recreation. That’s an enormous quantity for an RB23 in 2021, the place he’s at present going. Gaskin’s solely competitors is Malcolm Brown, a profession depth possibility. The Dolphins clearly place confidence in Gaskin.
Im afraid of this offense. I’ll say it. It’s possible Jameis Winston is the starter. If he isn’t, then it’s Taysom Hill. Yikes. It’s possible Michael Thomas misses time. Additionally, yikes. Tre’Quan Smith has by no means actually come on. So in a really unsteady surroundings, let’s simply goal a deep sleeper in Callaway, who has impressed in coaching camp and looks like a terrific candidate to climb into WR1 whereas Thomas is gone.
Ja’Marr Chase is getting drafted highest amongst Bengals receivers? That’s shocking. Chase opted out of the 2020 school soccer season, and is a rookie wideout. There are going to be some rising pains. And whereas Tyler Boyd acquired fazed out, Higgins emerged in 2020. He must be the highest pass-catcher in a pass-happy Bengals offense.
Present this man some respect! He’s WR24 in 2021 drafts however was WR11 in 2020. That’s simply impolite.
I’m undecided what to make of the Tampa offense in 2021. They’ll be a juggernaut. However everybody is aware of that, so the place is the worth? Let’s go together with Brady, who was QB8 in his first season with the Bucs. I think he may be even higher in his second yr, and but he’s going at QB9. It’s a small completely different, however hey, take the perimeters the place you may get them.
I feel the ADPs are applicable for the highest choices in Carolina, from Christian McCaffrey (1) to Robby Anderson (90), so let’s go together with somebody that’s extra of a handcuff. Hubbard would slide into McCaffrey’s position, if he suffered an damage. Hubbard is an effective participant for deeper leagues.
I’m afraid of the operating backs, James Robinson and Travis Etiene. I’m afraid of a rookie QB who received’t generate a lot in the best way of speeding yards in Trevor Lawrence. So give me Jones. He could not get a lot love, however he did get a two-year, $12.5 million deal from the Jags. That claims they count on he’ll be concerned.
The offense wants a WR1, and the Ravens took Bateman in spherical 1. What’s extra, he’s already impressing at coaching camp. He did simply suffer an injury at practice, so regulate that. However at 152? He’s completely well worth the danger.
He’s a participant that has a lot offseason hype that I’m undecided he’ll actually find yourself being a sleeper by the point everybody begins drafting. However for now, let’s embrace him on this record. The Bears offense, whether or not quarterbacked by Andy Dalton or Justin Fields, remains to be referred to as by Matt Nagy. He’ll discover a strategy to get passing yards, which is able to imply alternatives for Mooney to surpass his WR55 rating, outperforming his fantasy friends like Mecole Hardman (WR54) and Cole Beasley (WR56).