In the coming weeks, the RotoViz team is going to dig deep to uncover the most buried and overlooked sleepers in the fantasy football landscape.
These are the guys that seemingly have no shot at significance, but with a little imagination and a little luck, could pay off in deeper formats.
Next up, two deep sleepers for the Seattle Seahawks.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Yes, it’s true that we’ve been touting Prosise since before he was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2016, but it’s also true that he’s never been cheaper, both in dynasty and redraft.
It was only last year that some were predicting a 60-catch season for Prosise, and his redraft value was the same as Kareem Hunt’s. It was just two years ago that RotoViz RB guru Shawn Siegele opined that Prosise had all the makings of the next David Johnson.
Like the Cardinals superstar, Prosise is big, fast, and was productive as both a runner and receiver in college. As a bonus, his draft age was also two years younger than Johnson’s.
Of course, Prosise’s trajectory has trended in the opposite direction since draft day, but not due do poor performance. About the worst thing we can say about the 24-year old is that he hasn’t been able to stay on the field.
Now, Prosise finds himself competing for a roster spot after the Seahawks spent a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny. I’m a huge Penny fan — he’s my RB2 in this rookie class — but some have raised concerns about his ability in pass protection. Those are probably overblown — at least Pete Carroll thinks so — and Penny will get the first crack at a three-down role.
However, while Penny is the superior prospect, it’s closer than we might think, and the converted WR Prosise was the more prolific college back in the passing game.
Prosise has the kind of antifragile appeal that should make him more than just the afterthought he currently is. In deeper leagues, he’s worth a look as a potential third-down back who could finally fulfill his potential.
If he’s cut in camp, no worries; there are plenty of teams could use his pass-catching prowess.
As recently as three seasons ago, Brandon Marshall was a 1,500-yard fantasy beast. A year later, his efficiency took a nose dive, and things bottomed out in New York last season.
It appears the end is near for Marshall, although people were saying much the same about Larry Fitzgerald after a down 2012 which saw him post efficiency numbers lower than even Marshall’s worst season.
Though he’s not guaranteed a roster spot, the Seahawks are willing to give Marshall a chance to prove that he’s not cooked yet. Perhaps they pin the blame for his worst-ever season ever on a combination of injuries and Eli Manning.
If Marshall is healthy and the Seahawks are serious about giving him a look, there is a world of air yards available in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle lost the seventh-most WR air yards in the offseason, and with the loss of Jimmy Graham, they have no premier receiving options outside of Doug Baldwin.
A return to his 1,000-yard days is hard to imagine, but something closer to the 781 yards Marshall posted before bombing in the Big Apple is reasonable. If healthy, he’s worth a stash in deep dynasty leagues, and his is a name to keep an eye on this summer in redraft and best ball leagues.