As you carve out your roster during your draft, you look for potential fantasy football sleepers to give your team the upper hand. These players may be lesser-known but can pay huge dividends on your team as you pursue that league championship. Here is one sleeper at every position that could give your team an edge.
QB – Zach Wilson, NYJ
While he will be a rookie and going through growing pains, he has exciting potential. On a team with a low projected win total like the Jets, he will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball and rack up passing yards. The offense has been built around him to help him succeed. In the later rounds, he could be a fantasy football sleeper.
RB – Miles Sanders, PHI
Under Doug Pederson, Sanders was never given the opportunity to be a workhouse and dealt with limited offensive touches. With Pederson out and Nick Sirianni in, expect Sanders to get ample touches in the ground game, as well as in the screen game. Expect a Sanders explosion this season.
WR – KJ Hamler, DEN
While being a rookie last season, Hamler displayed big-play ability at times. Going into his second year in the league should give him more confidence and experience. His role on offense will be as a deep threat as well as catching screens and making plays in space. Expect solid contributions all year long from Hamler.
TE – Anthony Firkser, TEN
Firkser was second fiddle to Jonnu Smith in past years. Smith signed with the Patriots in the offseason and that opens up more opportunities for Firkser. He should have ever more space to operate with coverage being drawn to newly-acquired Julio Jones. Expect Firkser to be reliable on a weekly basis on your squad.
K – Jake Elliott, PHI
Coming off a down year, look for Elliott to rebound in a big way. Elliott looks automatic in the preseason and has the reputation of being a solid kicker. With Pederson consistently going for it on fourth down in the past, expect more long-range attempts from Elliott this season. Elliott should rebound and be a nice addition to your team this year.
DEF – Chicago Bears
Once the Bears make the inevitable switch to QB Justin Fields, expect a more ball-controlled offense that will limit the defense’s time on the field. A less tired defense will enhance the performance of this unit drastically. Expect this unit to be a top-10 defense as Chicago potentially contends for a wild card spot this upcoming season.
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