Odell Beckham, Jr ~ 197 fantasy points
Fantasy football sleepers come in several different shapes and sizes. Some are well-known vets or players on the verge of entering the top tier at their position; others, more modestly, may simply trade obscurity for steady production, but that still represents value.
A sleeper this is like finding a Hermes Birkin Bag for $50 in the middle of Barneys when there is no sale going on, it almost feels like you are stealing.
HERMES Birkin Rose Tyrien ~ $22,000
Last year, the KING of the sleepers was Odell Beckham, Jr from the NY Giants. He is the epitome of a sleeper: rookie out of LSU, largely undrafted in most fantasy leagues, quiet for the start of the season...then Victor Cruz gets hurt and BOOM he is number one!
While it is a great to a draft an Odell Beckham (and believe me I wish it was me last year), it is also a good idea to focus on guys that can really help your team in those later rounds so research on sleepers is important!!!
The best part of a sleeper is that you do not have to use an earlier draft pick (meaning more valuable) to get a player who can get you TONS of points. So, on that note here are some sleepers that have been identified around the web:
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: I'm not sure if a quarterback can be classified as a sleeper, but the talent has been improved around him. DeVante Parker will increase his completion percentage single-handedly.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: I loved Terrance West last year, but the Crow was better. He opened off-season work as the top back and now his starting center Alex Mack is back!
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Any time you have a chance to get a volume running back like Yeldon, dive in. The Jaguars improved their offensive line during the offseason, too.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Man, I wanted this to be Devonta Freeman. But Coleman could be the every-down back in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Which is a wonderful spot to be in. Although, Devonta Freeman said he won't go down without a fight. So how about this: the top RB on the Falcons depth chart is the sleeper. For the record, Freeman opened OTAs as the top guy.
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions: I mean, he has the seal of approval from backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky. So that's good enough for us. But dang, Ameer Abdullah could end up as the No. 2 back in Detroit. Another camp battle to watch.
David Cobb, RB, Tennessee Titans: I know, another rookie running back. But he's going to have a great opportunity behind Bishop Sankey.
Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos: The Broncos want to move Manny Sanders into the slot to make room for Latimer. That's all I needed to hear.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Touchdown machine with huge upside. The Steelers could be forced to throw early in the season.
Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: I should know better than to recommend another Vikings wide receiver. But I feel really good about this one.
Jaelen Strong, WR, Houston Texans: He fell a bit in drafts, which surprised me. But he landed in a great spot in Houston.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: I know people expect a rebirth of Dre Johnson in Indy, but Moncrief will pass him by.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans: So much for those comparisons to Rob Gronkowski. Those might have been premature, but I'm willing to give him another shot this year.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers: I feel Aaron Rodgers is just narcissistic enough to want to target a guy named Rodgers repeatedly.
So, who do think is a sleeper this year? Is there an another
Birkin Bag Odell Beckham, Jr out there? Let me know your thoughts!