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Deep Fantasy Sleepers: How’d We Do?

We’re running a series of articles about deep fantasy sleepers, where we’re trying to identify players that might warrant a bench spot in a deep dynasty league or a late round pick in best ball leagues, but who have upside if things break just right. We ran a similar series last year, so I thought it would be interesting to see how we did.

2017 Deep Fantasy Sleepers Recap

TEAMPLAYERSTARTUP ADPPOSHit?
BearsKendall Wright109WRYES
BroncosDevontae Booker44RBYES
BuccaneersCameron Brate16TEYES
DolphinsKenyan Drake92RBYES
FalconsAustin Hooper17TEYES
JaguarsT.J. Yeldon46rbYES
PackersAaron Jones83RBYES
PatriotsJames White58RBYES
RamsRobert Woods72WRYES
SaintsTed Ginn82WRYES
SeahawksJermaine Kearse123WRYES
VikingsAdam Thielen57WRYES
WashingtonChris Thompson69RBYES
WashingtonVernon Davis42TEYES
BuccaneersChris Godwin59WRNO
GiantsRoger Lewis124WRNO
LionsKenny Golladay97WRNO
49ersKyle Juszczyk92RBNO
49ersVance McDonald30TENO
BearsJeremy Langford70rbNO
BengalsAJ McCarron32QBNO
BengalsTyler Boyd70WRNO
BillsAndre Holmes124WRNO
BillsJonathan Williams68RBNO
BroncosAJ Derby42TENO
BrownsRicardo Louis124WRNO
BrownsSeth DeValve42TENO
CardinalsBlaine Gabbert42QBNO
CardinalsT.J. Logan92RBNO
ChargersBranden Oliver92RBNO
ChargersSean McGrath42TENO
ChiefsC.J. Spiller92RBNO
ChiefsChris Conley104WRNO
ColtsEric Swoope31TENO
ColtsKamar Aiken98WRNO
CowboysCole Beasley79WRNO
CowboysDarren McFadden78RBNO
DolphinsAnthony Fasano42TENO
EaglesDarren Sproles75RBNO
EaglesJordan Matthews32WRNO
FalconsBrian Hill77RBNO
GiantsGeno Smith42QBNO
JaguarsMychal Rivera42TENO
JetsBrian Parker42TENO
JetsElijah McGuire90RBNO
LionsCole Wick42TENO
PackersDeAngelo Yancey124WRNO
PanthersCharles Johnson124WRNO
PanthersDerek Anderson42QBNO
PatriotsDwayne Allen24teNO
RaidersCordarelle Patterson113WRNO
RaidersElijah Hood82RBNO
RamsMalcolm Brown92RBNO
RavensChris Moore124WRNO
RavensTim Patrick124WRNO
SaintsBrandon Coleman102WRNO
SeahawksLuke Willson42TENO
SteelersSammie Coates101WRNO
SteelersTerrell Watson92RBNO
TexansAlfred Blue92RBNO
TexansC.J. Fiedorowicz19TENO
TitansTajae Sharpe80WRNO
TitansTaywan Taylor84WRNO
VikingsBucky Hodges26TENO

By my count, 14 of the 64, or about 22 percent, were hits.1 A few others had moments of utility or have seen their dynasty stock improve significantly, like Chris Godwin.

A 22 percent hit rate is low in a vacuum, but in this context — finding players off the radar — I think it’s decent. The results were the worst at the quarterback position, where none of the sleepers hit. That makes sense, as QB is the position that’s least susceptible to turnover, and thus has the fewest unidentified opportunities for sleepers. The best rate (30 percent) came at running back, which also makes sense, as the position is much more prone to turnover and new opportunity.

Think we’ll do better this year? See our 2018 deep sleepers series.

  1. Wright and Booker had four startable weeks each; finishes for the rest are noted.  (back)

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