Just as the title says, I am going to be going through each team and giving you one sleeper from each that I personally like. Simple, effective, fun. Just like slip n’ slides!
Cowboys – Michael Gallup – With only 33 receptions last year Gallup still had over 500 yards receiving. He remains a big play guy and with the departure of Cole Beasley, there should be plenty more targets going his way. He’s worth a draft pick.
Patriots – Sony Michel – This may not seem like a sleeper but Michel is going so late in drafts that you kind of forget that he’s there. While the injury bug seems to find him regularly, he has RB2 potential and could easily surpass 10 touchdowns with an aging Brady not wanting to throw as much.
Eagles – Miles Sanders – The Penn State rookie has a crowded backfield to beat out but there’s zero doubt in my mind that he will beat them out. Jordan Howard can get it done and will most likely continue to take carries away from the 215 lbs Sanders but every report coming out of training camp is talking of how Sanders is the clear number one. Late round flier with RB2 value.
Raiders – Darren Waller – If you watch Hard Knocks, you know this name. His battle with addiction nearly threw him out of the game for good but he got another chance and he’s making the best of it. Waller is a HUGE body at 6’6 255 and will be a red zone fade specialist this season. He’s worth a late round stash.
Packers – Geronimo Allison – The big bodied Allison may not be the fastest on the field but he knows how to catch and is a solid route runner. The perfect combination for a slot guy. With the departure of Randall Cobb, Allison has taken over the slot position. This bodes well for his fantasy value and he can be viewed as a WR3/4 with boom or bust potential.
49ers – Tevin Coleman – While Brieda never actually misses games, he seems to always be injured or nursing an injury. Coleman finally is out of the shadow he buried himself into behind Freeman and has a chance to take over the reigns in the 49ers backfield. Coleman’s straight away speed is second to none at running back and with the right opportunity could have high RB2 potential. Should be drafted as an RB3 though.
Giants – Daniel Jones – Yes. I am starting to buy the hype. I truly don’t think Eli will start every game this year, even though he has looked like he gained some velocity on his ball. Daniel Jones has one thing that I love and that is touch. The kid knows how to place a ball very well and I can see him coming into the season around week 4. If I didn’t pick Jones I honestly wouldn’t have another sleeper to pick for the Giants.
Seahawks – Will Dissly – Dissly had a short reign but a reign none the less last year. Ok not really reign but more of flashes of pro bowl brilliance. With Doug Baldwin off the team, the targets can’t all go to Tyler Lockett(although owners do hope they do) and with a nice rapport with Wilson I believe Dissly could be a TE2 with TE1 potential.
Browns – Rashard Higgins – Hollywood Higgins showed last year how well that him and Baker truly connect on and off the field. Higgins had almost 600 yards on under 40 receptions last year and later in the year became not only a favorite of Bakers but a fan favorite as well. Higgins will be the number 3 behind Landry and OBJ but could put up WR2 numbers in fantasy this year.
Steelers – Jaylen Samuels – Conner is the guy. This is know. But he is also not the most durable back. This brings up Jaylen Samuels. Samuels may even take the MAJORITY of snaps by the end of the year purely out of his play on the field. Samuels can run and catch and seems to mesh really well with the offense. Stash him late as he’s not even being drafted in some leagues.
Bears – Tarik Cohen – Everyone is talking about David Montgomery(as they should be) but forgetting that Cohen was their leading running back last year. Cohen isn’t just a threat in the running and receiving game but also the passing game and returning game. The guy can do it all regardless of size. You can get Cohen very late as a RB3/4 when he has RB2 value.
Vikings – Alex Mattison – I like Cook. A lot. Ask anyone that knows me they know Dalvin Cook is my boy. But the guy can’t stay healthy. When he misses some games, Mattison will be coming in and he will show why he was drafted. The former Boise State running back has a very similar style to Cook so he will fit the scheme well. While he should absolutely be a handcuff, you can also take a risk late in draft.
Broncos – Royce Freeman – The man who was supposed to be the number one RB last year lost his job to Philip Lindsey and for good reason. Lindsey was phenomenal and Freeman wasn’t. This year I see Freeman fighting for Lindsey’s carries and winning by mid season. I also believe Lindsey is just too thin to be able to be a 3 down back and will not last a full season(my guess is hamstring if not injured by a hit). Freeman will still be the goal line option so look for, at minimum, a Benjarvus Green-Ellis type stat line.
Chiefs – Darwin Thompson – This is more-so a must handcuff if you draft Williams. Williams is poised for a very very nice year with such a high powered offense but I don’t think he is capable of being a full 3 down back. Thompson will absolutely get some carries but he will be more of a change of pace back. If Williams gets hurt, Thompson will be the number one waiver wire pickup of that week.
Colts – No one – We’ve seen what the team looks like without Luck. Don’t expect much.
Saints – Tre’Quan Smith – Smith had almost 500 yards with less than 30 receptions last year and he really seems to be coming into his own. The young receiver is a big play guy to compliment the highest paid wide receiver in the league (Michael Thomas) and could be drafted as a WR4 with Boom or Bust potential. Great DFS pick.
Bills – Cole Beasley – The second time I am mentioning Cole Beasley in this article and it’s for good reason. The Bills do NOT have a lot of options receiving the ball. Beasley left Dallas because he wasn’t being used the way he wanted to be. Beasley is a PPR guy and a scrappy guy at that. Beasley will finish(if healthy) amongst the highest in receptions this year. Fax that.
Redskins – Derrius Guice – The most forgotten running back in the league right now. His name has barely been muttered and his draft percentage is so low that people forget he even plays. But the true fans know and remember the potential this kid had coming out of college and his head down running style. He will surpass Adrian Peterson by week 5 the LATEST as the starting running back and have a 1k yard season. It may be a cluttered backfield but he IS the best back on that team.
Dolphins – Davante Pa-… hahaha I’m just kidding. He will never have his year. I’m steering very clear of the Dolphins this year.
Jets – Sam Darnold – Now… I am not a Darnold fan. In fact, I think USC has a curse on quarterbacks. But this is a make or break year for Darnold. NY fans are not quick to forgive nor forget and if Darnold does not perform this year then he will be getting the boot. I’m predicting an average year but he has a solid supporting cast so he will be a solid sleeper for bye weeks. QB3 with 2 potential.
Arizona Cardinals – KeeSean Johnson – Same number. Same name. Cooler spelling. KeeSean has been the star of camp this year for the Cardinals and with Hakeem Butler being put on the IR today, it is Johnson’s time to shine. Johnson should be drafted as a WR4 with 3 potential.
Texans – Duke Johnson – You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. The Texans will realize that as Duke is not a 3 down back, but he is a great weapon. Duke should be the starter and third down option with that I have no doubt. But what really gives him the allure is the passing game. Duke should be drafted as a flex player with RB2 potential.
Ravens – Justice Hill – I like Ingram this year. I also like Hill. This is going to be a two headed dragon by mid season and it’s going to be a very hard force to stop. The Ravens will most likely be the highest rushing team in the league thanks for Miller and his ability to open up the field with his legs which in turn will help the running game. The Ravens offense could be dangerous this year. Hill should be a late pick in deeper leagues.
Panthers – Greg Olsen – I know it doesn’t make much sense but Greg Olsen just isn’t getting drafted and thus it makes him a sleeper. The aging Tight end is most likely coming to an end of his career due to his years of injury but with Cams shoulder issues I feel he is going to be looking for Olsen constantly. Olsen has TE1 potential but should be drafted as a late pick TE2.
Lions – TJ Hockenson – Who was the last relevant Lions Tight end? Brandon Pettigrew? Probably… but that is what the Lions are hoping to change. Hockenson was drafted to open up the field a bit more for the poor mans Aaron Rodgers (Stafford) and has already made his mark this preseason. Hockenson should be drafted as a TE1 due to his upside and hype but is going undrafted.
Falcons – Calvin Ridley – Julio Jones is getting old. Let’s face it. He won’t always be the Superman we know. That’s why the Falcons drafted the insanely talented Calvin Ridley. Last year Ridley showed by he was drafted early and why he will be taking over the reigns once Julio retires. Ridley boasts a quick running style and a knack for the end zone. Ridley is a WR2 with boom or bust potential.
Chargers – Justin Jackson – Melvin Gordon is going to miss games. Fax that. Austin Ekeler isn’t a 3 down back. Jackson has a chance to be the guy to steer this backfield in the right direction. When Gordon was out last year Jackson averaged 4.1 ypc. Ekeler holds a lot of value in the passing game but I believe Jackson will get the bulk of the work.
Bengals – CJ Uzomah – With AJ Green missing time and the Bengals not looking great altogether, I think Uzomah has the potential to be the safety blanket Dalton needs. I was going to put Tyler Boyd here but he isn’t really a sleeper anymore. Uzomah will be getting plenty of targets. Tyler Eifert should not be a problem.
Jaguars – None – Foles is such a question mark to me. Fournette an injury prone question mark. I am personally staying away.
Buccaneers – Breshad Perriman – Perriman has finally found a groove and is getting a lot of preseason targets on the deep ball. His speed and athleticism is pure and hasn’t reached its potential. I think he will have a solid year with Jameis this year. Expect boom or bust weekly but WR3 potential.
Titans – AJ Brown – This offense fully depends on Mariota being able to play. He has looked very sloppy this preseason and it can cost the whole offense a lot of fantasy potential. Brown was drafted to be playmaker and not just a men’s fitness model. Expect him to end up being a WR3 with 2 potential.