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60 Deep Sleepers: Tiers, New Additions, Risers & Fallers to Help Win Your League

As a group, RotoViz takes pride in teeing up this year’s late-round league winners for you.

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. Oh, and we told you to select Tyler Boyd in the last round of every draft. That one turned out okay.

The team of myself, Hasan Rahim, Devin McIntyre, Shawn Siegele, and Neil Dutton have been grinding away since June, identifying dozens of fantasy sleepers flying far under the radar.

Here is our master list with all 60 of our sleeper candidates.

  • We’ve grouped players into tiers based on their potential to make an impact this season.
  • The columns are also sortable by how each player is trending since his sleeper piece was published: (U)p, (D)own, & (N)eutral.
  • You can find the link to the article analyzing each sleeper by clicking on the player’s name.
  • We’ve also updated each player with a blurb on his training camp and preseason performance.

Be on the lookout for another deep sleeper update near the end of the month and make sure to track these players in Week 2 of the preseason.

PlayerPos.TeamTierTrendingNotes
Jakobi MeyersWRNE2U22-year-old UDFA has been running with the first-team offense in camp. Posted a 8-6-69-2TD receiving line in preseason debut. Generating excitement but still a long shot to make an impact, especially with Josh Gordon's potential return
Phillip DorsettWRNE1NStill expected to be starter across from Julian Edelman. Still free.
Ryan DavisWRNE5DAnother Patriots rookie UDFA, Davis gained 22 yards on his only preseason Week 1 target. Now a long shot to make the roster with emergence of Jakobi Meyers.

Ty MontgomeryRBNYJ1UThe hybrid RB/WR "looks like he could be a significant piece" of the offense and has been "one of the most impressive players" at camp.
Trenton CannonRBNYJ4NLed the team in preseason Week 1 carries with 9, but only managed 20 yards and appears locked in a battle for No. 3 duties with Elijah McGuire, who had 7 targets in addition to 6 carries in that game. Special teams role may win him a roster spot but unlikely to make an impact.
Myles GaskinRBMIA2UOvershadowed by Ballage in the early part of camp but led all Miami RBs in opportunities in Preseason Week 1 with 6 carries and 3 targets and scored 2 TDs. Very productive in college, Gaskin is still a good bet to make some noise this season.
Isaiah McKenzieWRBUF4UCaught both targets for 62 yards in the first preseason game. Has had a strong camp thus far and appears to be in line to make the Bills' 53-man roster. Could be a serviceable option in deep leagues if he overtakes Andre Roberts and Cole Beasley.
Preston WilliamsWRMIA2UI missed on the UDFA out of Colorado State the first go around. Neil Dutton didn't -- Williams is a talented and productive player who hasn’t been able to stay out of trouble. Bears monitoring through the preseason, but he's a bit buried on the depth chart.
Kahale WarringTEHOU4DHamstring injury preventing the raw-but-talented rookie TE crucial snaps from what looks like an easy path to a starting job.
Jester WeahWRHOU3UThe sophomore’s elite athleticism is intriguing. Realistic chance at making the roster. 3 targets in the preseason opener and some encouraging words from Bill O’Brien: “When he knows what to do, he’s a very difficult guy to cover.”
Jordan WilkinsRBIND3DRoster status suddenly in doubt with a nagging injury and the Colts claiming D'Onta Foreman.

Mo Alie-CoxTEIND3NQuiet Preseason opener with just 11 snaps but reportedly making consistent plays in camp. Could be a factor if health issues linger for Jack Doyle.
Josh OliverTEJAX3DBattling "significant" hamstring injury -- bad news for a rookie TE. But, with no other Jaguars TEs making noise, should still have a chance to contribute at some point.
Ryquell ArmsteadRBJAX1UGrowing reports that Jaguars want to use Armstead in a passing role: "“I say one of the most surprises for camp has been the amount of balls I’ve caught out of the backfield," said Armstread. 6 carries and 1 target in preseason debut before leaving with a head injury. Massive upside behind Fournette.
Alex BarnesRBTEN4DA productive player who blew up the combine, it sounds as if Barnes is being ourperformed by former RotoViz darling Jeremy McNichols. UDFA now at risk of not making the team. I'm mystified.
John RossWRCIN2NThe former top-10 pick is frustratingly out with a hamstring injury, but it's too early to give up on the third-year burner, especially with the injury to A.J. Green
Trayveon WilliamsRBCIN2NLed the team in preseason Week 1 with 5 carries for 5 yards before leaving with a bruised rib. Appears locked in as the No. 3 but not making any progress on Giovani Bernard for No. 2.
Drew SampleTECIN3NSample drew rave reviews for his blocking in the Bengals' first preseason game but drew criticism as a receiver. Still commanded 3 targets.
Eli RogersWRPIT4NThe Steelers are saying nice things about Rogers, and it appears he has the edge over Ryan Switzer in the slot. Still low overall upside.
Benny SnellRBPIT1USnell saw a ton of snaps in the Steelers preseason opener and led the team in opportunities with 13 rushes for 26 yards and 3 targets for 25 yards. Has the No. 3 job locked up and well worth a late round dart throw in this offense.
Chris MooreWRBAL2UChris Moore opened with the starters and gained 30 yards on Lamar Jackson's first throw of the preseason. I’m skeptical, but the Ravens seem intent on giving him a chance to start.

Miles BoykinWRBAL1UThe rookie has impressed in camp and drew 9 targets in the preseason opener. Opportunity abounds with Marquise Brown still battling injury, making him a priority flier.
Dontrell HilliardRBCLE1UAs predicted by Hasan Rahim, Hilliard is now in a great spot to take advantage of the opportunity vacated by Duke Johnson.
Detrez NewsomeRBLAC3DNewsome has missed some time with a leg injury and will need an injury to Ekeler or Justin Jackson to see consistent snaps. Dynasty stash.
Dylan CantrellWRLAC5DWaived with an injury designation.
Tim PatrickWRDEN3NPatrick's potential involvement remains contingent on the health of Emmanuel Sanders' Achilles.
Jeff HeuermanTEDEN3DReturned to practice last weekend after missing time with a leg injury. Still the team's highest-paid TE and still expected to play in 2TE formations.
Byron PringleWRKC3NPringle got some work with the first team and returned a kick for 50 yards but failed to reel in any of his three targets in the Chiefs opening preseason game.
Darwin ThompsonRBKC1UThompson looked elusive on his way to a 30-yard TD reception in his first game. KC suddenly talking committee and Thompson may be Andy Reid's most talented back.
Marcell AtemanWROAK3UAny impact looking less likely with the return of Antonio Brown.
Hunter RenfrowWROAK2UThe team has been heaping praise on Renfrow and he's listed as a starter on their first official depth chart.
Tony PollardRBDAL1UThe biggest riser on this list. Hope you got him while you can because the combination of hype and Elliott’s continued holdout means his price is quickly getting out of control.

Cedric WilsonWRDAL3UCoaches have called him the most improved WR in camp. Caught all three targets for 36 yards in preseason debut before leaving with a head injury. Solid shot at making the team.
Darren SprolesRBPHI2NIf healthy, will do Darren Sproles things and push for 10 fantasy points per game.
JJ Arcega-WhitesideWRPHI1UBalled out in preseason debut, having a strong camp, and appears poised to make an immediate impact. Should be on your late-round radar in all formats.
Bryce LoveRBWAS4DAs expected, Love is unlikely to be on the opening day roster as he recovers from his ACL injury. Waiver wire look-ahead spot.
Terry McLaurinWRWAS1UDrawing consistent rave reviews in camp and getting the starter treatment in the preseason. May have already won the No. 1 job.
Darius SlaytonWRNYG4DHuge opportunity for the speed demon but unable to get on the field while dealing with a hamstring injury.
Daniel JonesQBNYG1ULooked sharp in debut and his rushing ability will make him a viable QB streamer when he inevitably gets starts this season.
Ty JohnsonRBDET2UA standout in the Lions' first preseason game with 22 yards on three carries as the rest of the offense struggled for 93 total yards. Will make some noise this season.
Brandon PowellWRDET4NCaught both targets for 27 yards in preseason opener and has an opportunity to win the No. 4 WR job with Jermaine Kearse's leg injury.
Kerrith WhyteRBCHI2U7th rounder led the team in carries and yards in preseason debut. Steep climb to year-one relevance, but anything can happen with RBs.
Mike BooneRBMIN2UBoone took a 64-yard run to the house and has the potential to push Alexander Mattison for the No. 2 job.
Dillon MitchellWRMIN4DMaking no noise in camp and appears to be playing behind fellow 2019 7th-round draft pick Olabisi Johnson.
Jake KumerowWRGB2UKumerow looks to be a lock to make the roster and continues to draw praise and camp targets from Aaron Rodgers. There's nothing special behind Davante Adams, and Kumerow could be winning himself some significant snaps.
Equanimeous St. BrownWRGB4DHasn't earned much praise this offseason and didn't show much in the first preseason game outside of one good play on special teams. Suffered a knee injury in practice a few days ago and the severity of his injury is unknown.
Dexter WilliamsRBGB2NHandled a signficant chunk of the workload for Green Bay in their first preseason game. If Jamaal Williams continues to miss time with a hamstring injury, Dexter Williams could find himself climbing up the depth chart quickly.
Emmanuel ButlerWRNO3DButler returned to practice Sunday after missing time with an ankle injury. Was "the star of camp" before that and should be closely monitored.
Javorius AllenRBNO4DAllen was moved to the IR shortly after our piece published and has since been released. Could still catch on with an RB-needy team.
Qadree OllisonRBATL2UOllison built on his “Four Down” reputation, drawing praise for his pass blocking in the team's second preseason game and running for 41 yards and a TD on eight carries. Should have at least a goal line role in Year 1.
Brian HillRBATL2UHill's found pay dirt in both the team's preseason games so far and is carving out a role in a suddenly crowded backfield.
Scotty MillerWRTB3DMiller is losing valuable field to time to fellow deep sleeper Justin Watson as he deals with a tweaked hamstring.
Justin WatsonWRTB2UWatson had 52% and 51% of his team's receiving yards in his final two college seasons. Pat Kerrane called him buried treasure and he's making a strong case for the Bucs' No. 3 WR job.
Jordan ScarlettRBCAR2NBack tightness kept him out of the opener, but he has been seeing plenty of work in camp and is the RB best-poised to take advantage of any missed time by McCaffrey.
Ian ThomasTECAR3NRemains a top dynasty target but will need an Olsen injury to make a fantasy impact in 2019.
Travis HomerRBSEA2NHomer is as advertised and should receive a sprinkling of targets as the Seahawks No. 3, but will need an injury to Penny or Carson to blast off.
John UrsuaWRSEA3NI predict that the rookie seventh-rounder will go on to have a solid NFL career. Has looked like the slot monster they drafted him to be, but he’ll need time to develop. Still a good chance at making the roster and getting some snaps from the slot.
KeeSean JohnsonWRARZ2UNothing but first-team reps and no wrong steps. Could make a rookie impact in a high-volume offense despite a crowded depth chart.
Josh ReynoldsWRLAR2NNot a sexy name but well positioned to produce in the event of injury to any of the Rams top three.
Gerald EverettTELAR1UConsistent whispers that the Rams want to use more 2-TE sets. Everett's targets could get a big bump.
Image Credit: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Brian Hill.

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