Earlier this offseason I took an in-depth look at 64 improbable, but plausible, deep dynasty sleepers. Here’s the first in a series of occasional updates.
By and large, these players are still on the fringe of the dynasty radar. Some, however, are trending up while others are trending down. In the volatile world of fantasy football, knowing where players stand at any moment is key to getting in (or out) before your league mates recognize the value change. Click the player name for a deeper dive.
Chris Moore, WR, Ravens
Good news – Moore is on his way to wrapping up a roster spot. Bad news – Baltimore signed Jeremy Maclin. If he’s healthy, Maclin and Mike Wallace seem like co-No. 1 WRs, which doesn’t leave much room for Moore. I still like him as a stash in deep leagues, but Tim Patrick is now off the radar entirely.
Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos
Here’s a quick summary of the Broncos backfield: Jamaal Charles still might not be 100 percent by training camp; the team plans to employ a committee; a new blocking scheme might help Booker; De’Angelo Henderson looks too good to leave off the roster. It’s obviously very early and C.J. Anderson is still the favorite to lead the backfield, but Henderson’s stock is on the upswing. Booker’s almost certainly assured a roster spot because of his contract, but I like Henderson as a stash just as much. Neither Charles nor Anderson are locks to be healthy or effective this season, so both Booker and Henderson are worth monitoring closely.
Ricardo Louis, WR, Browns
Louis has earned accolades during OTAs, a good sign, as far as it goes. Perhaps more important is the fact that Corey Coleman missed much of OTAs due to not one, but two injuries. Coleman struggled to stay healthy as a rookie and isn’t off to a great start this year. There’s also an outside chance that his off-field issue resurfaces. Louis has an outside shot at decent usage, depending on how Coleman’s season goes. And he’s basically free.
Andre Holmes, WR, Bills
Holmes has worked with the first-team offense in OTAs. Rookie Zay Jones is hampered by a knee injury, allowing the vet to move ahead of him for now. The second WR in Buffalo may not be worth much, but things get interesting if Sammy Watkins misses time.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
Reports from OTAs suggest Torrey Smith isn’t even a lock to make the final roster. That would leave Nelson Agholor as the No. 3, and he’s no threat to Matthews. Our staff projections have Matthews as WR36, a 10-pick discount to his current MFL10 ADP.
Chris Conley, WR, Chiefs
I wrote up Conley as a deep sleeper before the Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin, so this is already a win. I’m just not sure we appreciate it yet.
Maclin was released on June 3. Conley’s value has risen, but only back to its previous level. In best ball leagues, his ADP since Maclin’s release is flat.
He’s already been named a starter, and had this to say when asked about his role:
“I’m moving around to different spots, doing some different things that Jeremy was doing.”
By the way, Maclin averaged a twenty percent share of targets in his two years in Kansas City. The early bet is that Tyreek Hill is the Chief’s No. 1 WR, but there are reasons to doubt his ability. Conley should be rostered in most dynasty formats and is a good breakout candidate.
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Raiders
Back-to-back Rotoworld blurbs highlight the Raiders intention to involve Patterson on offense. We’ve heard that before about Patterson, so it’s reasonable to be skeptical. But Patterson did set a career high in receptions last year and also performed better than incumbent WR3 Seth Roberts.
Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers
Pewter Report suggests O.J. Howard will have a hard time unseating Brate. This is a good take. At least early on, and conceivably for his entire rookie year, Howard will be playing catch up as he learns the NFL ropes. Brate is no slouch, either. I like him a lot at his discounted ADP.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Titans
Welp. The newest reports suggest he may not even stick on the roster. Just go ahead and pretend I meant Taywan Taylor all along.
Roger Lewis, WR, Giants
Things are even worse for Lewis, who was recently arrested for driving intoxicated and was found in possession of marijuana. It’s doubtful he makes the team.