As the 2017 season nears, we list the top fantasy football sleepers to keep an eye on. Sleeper picks are a must for any successful fantasy football player and may help you win your league or matchup for a particular week.
Some can be high reward, while others could be low-risk moderate reward; how you draft your players all depends on the type of risk taker you are and how you want to shape your team. This offseason has a lot of people moving to a lot of different places, which leads to good opportunities for some players and bad ones for others. The focus now is to find those players in those good opportunities and see if they can succeed in their situation. Here are some of my 2017 fantasy football sleeper picks.
Fantasy Football Sleepers
Corey Coleman – WR – Browns
The Browns QB situation may be anyone’s game right now with Cody Kessler, DeShone Kiser, and even Brock Osweiler all vying for that QB spot, but it’s safe to say that as of right now the clear number 1 wide out is going to be Corey Coleman. In the games he played last season, he played well as the number 2 option. However, with Terrelle Pryor off to D.C., this is the perfect opportunity for Corey Coleman to breakout and show everyone the monster he is. The one thing that may hurt his potential is if Josh Gordon gets reinstated into the league, but that is a BIG if and we haven’t seen if Josh Gordon can repeat what he did his rookie year.
Eric Ebron – TE – Lions
This is a TE that was way overhyped coming into his rookie year and didn’t live up to expectations. But that was in the past, and he has shown consistent improvement throughout his career. As a rookie, Ebron posted 25 receptions and 248 yards; this past season, he obtained 711 yards on 61 receptions. Not only that, but his targets have been increasing consistently and with his 5th year option recently picked up, it shows that the Lions believe in him and what he can do. This is a tight end that may not have a multitude of monster games like Gronk or Bennet, but will give consistent solid play week in and week out.
Isaiah Crowell – RB – Browns
Another Brown, another sleeper. The Crow will excite the masses with his solid run-game that continues to improve as well as improving on his pass-catching ability. He went from a mere 87 receiving yards his rookie year to 319 yards this previous year. With upgrades on the Browns offensive line, we can expect even more improvement in this season. This is a solid running back to pick up for any team and one of the safer fantasy football sleepers.
Hunter Henry – TE – Chargers
Hunter Henry had a very good rookie year for a TE; with Antonio Gates getting older and declining in performance, look for Hunter Henry to solidify the number 1 TE spot for the Chargers. TE have always been hard to predict outside of the top 5, but Hunter Henry has the opportunity to perform very well. It’s just the matter what he makes of it. Despite claims of Mike Williams lessening his role in the red zone, remember that Chargers invested a 2nd round pick in Hunter Henry and they are not going to let that pick go to waste. Hunter Henry is the future at the TE position for the Chargers and will play a major role in the offense.
Martavis Bryant – WR – Steelers
There are a lot of mouth to feed on the Steelers offense, but Martavis Bryant eats in chunks and is coming in this season hungry. Coming off a suspension, Martavis Bryant has been training hard for his comeback season and is ready to prove all the doubters wrong. If Bryant can stay out of trouble, look for him to make big plays and score big points this season.
O.J Howard – TE – Buccaneers
Howard is the future TE1 of the Buccaneers coming into his first fantasy football season. He is in my opinion is the definition of a fantasy football sleeper and is a prospect to be watched carefully as the fantasy draft nears. There is a lot of mouths to feed on this offense but Howard should fit in nicely with a young QB and receiving core.
Christian McCaffrey – RB – Panthers
While the hype is pretty high right now with McCaffrey we still feel he deserves a spot on our fantasy football sleepers list. He joins a talented Carolina team with an aging Jonathan Stewart and looks to take over the lead back duties. While he probably wont get 25 plus carries a game he should be good for 15-20. He is a tremendous talent and has great route running skills and is a threat catching balls in the backfield.