2018 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Starts with a Potential Cheap RB2 in Drafts
Do they exist anymore? Is the term “sleepers” dead? Truthfully, outside of the casual Fantasy Football leagues, sleepers are no more. There used to be sleepers, sure. Back in the time when the internet was still in its infancy, there weren’t thousands of sites and tens of thousands of writers covering Fantasy sports. Sleepers were a thing, as there weren’t just underrated players ready to break out, but the majority of owners might not even know the player’s name. Now? It’s nearly impossible to find a Fantasy Football player that someone hasn’t mentioned at least once. Heck, I was discussing Ed Dickson being the true definition of a sleeper with someone on Twitter just recently, which means even Dickson might be well-known before long.
Whoa. Cool your jets… I’m not advocating drafting Dickson. He actually fits the definition of being a “sleeper” and could surprise people at a position where it takes very little to crack the “one ranking” (TE1s).
Now that I’ve poo-pooed the term “sleepers” enough, I’ll set up the piece. If you want to call of these players sleepers, I won’t complain. It’s better for SEO after all. I prefer the term undervalued, as it seems every time I try to give a sleeper some #WellActually troll spouts off about the above. “That’s not a sleeper; I took him in the fourth round. You’re dumb, you’re face it dumb, your mom dresses you dumb. O’Doyle rules!” So, here you go. My 2018 Fantasy Football sleepers… undervalued picks… gems… whatever… I like these guys more than most.
I’ll look to Experts Consensus Ranking and ADP from Fantasy Pros to find the players that I have significantly higher and include one deep sleeper at each position.
Blake Bortles, JAX – Bortles is the quintessential example of the separation between Fantasy and reality. For any NFL team, even the Jaguars, Bortles should be a backup quarterback. In Fantasy Football everyone knows his name, but Bortles is better than anyone would expect… especially if you have watched him play. Bortles has finished as QB4, QB9 and QB13 the past three seasons, and he carried teams to championships last year.