Most fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have an immediate impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft.
Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we did tell you to watch out for Curtis Samuel, and he flirted with WR4 numbers.
Most of these guys in this deep sleeper series will be misses, but the goal is to look for the silver lining and find a handful of players that will emerge from their sleeper slumber in 2019.
Here’s a look at the rest of our deep sleeper series so far:
Let’s look at two deep sleepers for the Indianapolis Colts.
Mo Allie-Cox, TE
Both Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are recovering from groin and hip surgeries respectively,1 which has given the the Mo-Allie Cox hype train some steam.
After labeling him as a blocker and an average route runner last year, head coach Frank Reich is singing a completely different tune after watching Alie-Cox take first-team snaps during offseason workouts. And for what it’s worth, Reich isn’t exactly Pete Carroll when it comes to heaping out praise on his players.
“Very tangible indicators that he can develop into a very good route runner,” Reich said. “He is so long and big, they don’t want to tackle him. Man, I am so excited about that guy.”
Cox is a monster at 6-foot-5 and 267 pounds. For a guy who hasn’t played football since high school – he was a star for VCU’s basketball team in college – he didn’t look out of place as a rookie, making this spectacular TD snag in just his fourth start.
We have no college stats or combine performance to point to, but it’s pretty clear that Alie-Cox is an elite athlete who has the trust of his coach.
As a team, the Colts have finished third in expected points from the TE position in each of Andrew Luck’s last two healthy seasons. If the chips fall just right, Cox is a darkhorse breakout candidate at the position in 2019.
Jordan Wilkins, RB
We didn’t like Jordan Wilkins as a prospect, and nothing happened in his rookie season to change that view.
Then again, the Colts did nothing in the offseason to suggest they were unhappy with the situation Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines, leaving Wilkins as a big benefactor if one of the top guys goes down.
While Hines would be the biggest winner in the event of a Mack injury, Wilkins did see his carries quadruple in his absence last year.
Wilkins is in the same situation as last year when the Silva bump (see link above) had him neck-and-neck with Hines in ADP. This year, in the same boat, he’s going undrafted.
If he falls into significant snaps in one of the league’s best offenses, he’s a legitimate threat to be the new Alfred Blue.
Image Credit: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Andrew Luck.
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- Although it’s a bit of a mystery whether Ebron actually went under the knife or not. (back)