Finding a few late-round steals and deep sleepers in your 2015 fantasy football draft can make the difference between winning and losing your league. Let’s take a look at a several deep sleepers that you may want to take a gamble on late in your draft. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
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This rookie is my favorite late round sleeper and he is a guy that could have instant fantasy value. I especially like him in PPR leagues because of his good hands. I fully expect Isaiah Crowell to handle most of the early down work, but I think Johnson will play a Giovani Bernard role for the Browns. There is even an outside chance that Johnson could handle some of the early down work as well. His college career at Miami was stellar and the Browns used a third-round pick on this talented rookie.
There are many experts and fantasy owners that are excited about Jonathan Stewart since DeAngelo Williams is out of the picture, but let’s not forget about Artis-Payne. The Panthers drafted him in the fifth round of the 2015 draft and I think he could battle for carries right out of the gate. Artis-Payne always falls forward and even though he doesn’t have breakaway speed I think he could be a threat for goal line carries.
It normally takes a few years in the league before tight ends have solid fantasy value and with Green entering his fourth season I like his chances for a breakout. All of the preseason reports have been positive and with the four game suspension for Antonio Gates this opens the door for Green to be a starter and show us what he can do. True once Gates comes back this will hurt Green’s value, but if he plays well then the Chargers will find a way to keep him involved.
If you have watched our videos over the last few years then you know that I am a big Danny Woodhead supporter. He is one of the most underrated players in football and if you are in any type of PPR league then you can’t forget about him on draft day. He was a top 15 running back in full point PPR leagues in 2013 and if he stays healthy I fully expect him to be back to his old tricks.
Marvin Jones was everyone’s favorite sleeper heading into last year, but an injury during the preseason prevented his potential breakout season. It seems like everyone has forgotten about his potential though, because his current ADP puts him around the 150th pick. He had ten touchdowns in 2013 and all signs were pointing to him taking his game to the next level last year. I think his breakout season was just delayed by one year and this will be the season it happens, he is certainly a guy that you should be targeting around the 115th pick in my opinion.
Bortles landed in a terrible situation when he was drafted by the Jaguars in the first round of last year’s draft, but all things considered he had a great year. When you look at the new Jags offense you have to be excited about the potential of Bortles to take his stats to the next level. They have an interesting young receiving corp, a solid duo at running back with Denard Robinson and T.J. Yeldon, and they added one of the best tight ends in the game with Julius Thomas. I think he could flirt with being a top 12 quarterback this year, mainly because of what Bortles can do with his legs.
I think Bradford is a great fit for the Eagles offense and he could have a huge year, that’s if he is able to stay healthy. He has had productive seasons on bad offenses with the Rams and if he stays healthy for the Eagles then he is pretty much a lock for 4,000+ passing yards. The Eagles offense is filled with weapons and I am excited to see what Bradford can do with them. He is the perfect QB2 to grab later in the draft for some quarterback depth.
Unfortunately I was one of the people that had Sankey on some of my teams last year and he clearly didn’t make me happy with his production. Even though he was a disappointment last year I am not writing him off as a career bust. I think the Titans will give him every chance to keep the starting job and even though they drafted rookie David Cobb I think Sankey is still their man. He had issues with footwork and learning the playbook last year and hopefully those issues are behind him.
Lamar Miller had a productive season last year and at first I wasn’t buying Ajayi as anyone worth considering. After watching his highlight reel and checking out his stats though, I am liking his overall upside. I still fully expect Miller to be the starter, but Ajayi should carve a role into that offense from day one. He is currently getting drafted around the 125th pick and at that point in the draft how can you go wrong.
John Brown is entering his second season in the NFL and has huge breakout potential this year. He managed just under 700 yards last year as a rookie and he could easily flirt with 1,000 yards this year. It’s a bit crowded in Arizona at the wide receiver position with Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, but Brown will have a solid role even if those two guys stay healthy. He is certainly a young receiver that I am excited about and will be targeting in all of my drafts in the later rounds.