This is a list of my favorite 2018 fantasy football sleepers - underrated players who are going way later than they should. The Average Draft Position (ADP) is found on FantasyFootballCalculator.com.
The past two years of Fantasy Football Sleepers have been a mixed bag. For 2015, three of my top six sleepers were Dion Lewis, Jordan Reed and Cam Newton. On the flip side, however, I was way wrong on Kendall Wright, Stevie Johnson and Breshad Perriman. As for last season, I nailed Michael Thomas, Spencer Ware, Robert Kelley, Kenneth Dixon. Some whiffs, however, were Tajae Sharpe, DeAndre Washington, Devin Funchess and Devontae Booker.
D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers. ADP: 10.08.
D.J. Moore is starting to get tons of hype, so his ADP should continue to rise. The Panthers are very pleased with what they've seen from Moore this offseason - the media, on all accounts, has agreed - so Moore should be the team's No. 1 receiver this year.
Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys. ADP: 13.02.
Dez Bryant is gone, Terrance Williams sucks, and Allen Hurns has seldom been productive in meaningful action throughout his career. That leaves just Michael Gallup, a speedy threat who was Dallas' third-round pick this year. Gallup has been Dallas' best receiver through two preseason games, so it seems insane to me that he's being drafted in the 13th round.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars. ADP: 14.03.
I loved Dede Westbrook heading into last year, but he suffered an injury at the end of the preseason and was out for the first 10 weeks of the season. With Allen Robinson gone, Westbrook is Jacksonville's most dynamic receiver, and he's well worth a late-round pick.
Mike Williams, WR, Chargers. ADP: 9.12.
Everyone is down on Mike Williams following his disappointing rookie campaign, but he struggled for a reason. He was hurt for most of 2017, so I think there's a good chance he bounces back with a decent sophomore season. Unfortunately, Williams' ADP has soared following a ridiculous catch in the second preseason game; otherwise, he'd be atop the sleeper page.
Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers. ADP: 10.05.
Peyton Barber is currently slated to be Tampa's starting running back. I don't think that will change with Ronald Jones on the roster. Jones has some off-field concerns that could prevent him from being the starter. He has also struggled in training camp. Barber, meanwhile, has worked very hard this offseason, turning what he called "excess fat" into "lean muscle." Barber, as a result, has been very impressive in training camp and the preseason games.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos. ADP: Undrafted.
The Broncos spent a third-round pick on Royce Freeman, but they found a gem in undrafted free agent rookie Phillip Lindsay. The former Colorado product has been outstanding in training camp and the preseason. He routinely beat linebackers in practice and then generated huge bursts during games with some impressive spin moves. Lindsay, who set Colorado's all-time record in yards from scrimmage (4,683), should be Denver's third-down back at the very worst. He could also push for a larger role at some point, especially if Freeman were to get hurt.
Ryan Grant, WR, Colts. ADP: Undrafted.
Ryan Grant has no ADP, but he should. Grant is Indianapolis' clear-cut No. 2 receiver. This wouldn't have mattered last year, but it does now in the wake of Andrew Luck's improved health. Grant could have a strong 2018 campaign, especially if T.Y. Hilton gets hurt at some point.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos. ADP: Undrafted.
Courtland Sutton has been enjoying a strong training camp and has firmly established himself as Denver's No. 3 receiver. Given the health concerns surrounding Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Sutton could be in for a strong rookie campaign. Remember, some considered Sutton a top-15 draft prospect before he had a mediocre combine performance, so the talent is certainly there.
Corey Clement, RB, Eagles. ADP: 10.02.
Corey Clement is a very intriguing option in the late rounds. The Eagles are concerned about Jay Ajayi, so much so that they planned to draft Sony Michel at No. 32 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Michel was snatched off the board a pick earlier, so Clement seems to be the favorite to take over if Ajayi goes down with an injury. In the meantime, the Eagles will give Clement a healthy workload, as Doug Pederson likes to rotate his backs.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions. ADP: 12.01.
Though Kenny Golladay was a non-factor in fantasy outside of two games last year, he had a solid rookie campaign. With Eric Ebron gone, Golladay's role will grow. Golladay has been very impressive in OTAs, and that should transfer over to live action.
Rashard Higgins, WR, Browns. ADP: Undrafted.
Rashard Higgins was a fifth-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft. He hasn't done much yet in the pros, but that could change soon. Higgins has been very impressive in training camp, and that transitioned to the first preseason game. He showed great chemistry with Tyrod Taylor, reeling in multiple back-shoulder receptions. Higgins is someone to strongly consider with your final non-kicker, non-defense pick.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Cardinals. ADP: Undrafted.
Cardinals reporter Mike Jurecki has been talking up Ricky Seals-Jones all offseason, citing that Seals-Jones will be a breakout player in 2018. When Jurecki talks about the Cardinals, you should definitely listen to him, as it's impossible to find a better team reporter than Jurecki. What Jurecki is saying about Seals-Jones makes sense; Seals-Jones is very athletic and flashed at the end of last year. He's a legit TE1 threat.
Cameron Meredith, WR, Saints. ADP: 11.08.
Cameron Meredith was on his way to having a huge 2017 campaign before he suffered a brutal knee injury in the preseason. Meredith has reportedly made a nice recovery, so he could have a big year with Drew Brees. He's well worth a shot in the 11th round.
James Washington, WR, Steelers. ADP: 14.04.
James Washington has been outstanding this preseason. He'll play the Martavis Bryant role in Pittsburgh's offense, except he won't be a screw-up like Bryant was. Washington could have a huge year if Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster were to get hurt.
Anthony Miller, WR, Bears. ADP: 13.10.
I don't trust Allen Robinson or Kevin White. That leaves Anthony Miller, who has been very impressive this summer despite being a mere rookie. Miller appears to have a big-time role as the slot receiver in Chicago's offense, so he's a very intriguing pick in the 13th round.
Taywan Taylor, WR, Titans. ADP: Undrafted.
I'm not sure if the Titans' run-heavy offense can sustain two receivers, a productive tight end and a pass-catching running back, but Taywan Taylor is very explosive, and he's seen lots of first-team reps in training camp. Taylor could have a big year if Corey Davis were to get hurt.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Patriots. ADP: 13.11.
It almost sounds crazy, but Jeremy Hill could lead the Patriots in carries this season. He could also not make the final roster, but he seems worth it at his 13th-round ADP. With Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead banged up, Hill could have a substantial role in 2018.
David Njoku, TE, Browns. ADP: 10.01.
David Njoku flashed at times as a rookie, but couldn't really do anything because of the incompetence at quarterback. That's no longer the case, so Njoku could have a big sophomore campaign. He tortured the Giants in the preseason opener in what could be a sign of things to come.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs. ADP: 11.04.
I have Patrick Mahomes as a top-10 fantasy quarterback, so he's a big steal at his 11th-round ADP. Mahomes has a huge arm and scrambling ability, and he has impressed the Chiefs in practice. I'll be targeting him in all of my leagues.
Jordan Wilkins, RB, Colts. ADP: 13.07.
Jordan Wilkins was mixed in with the first team during training camp. It's unclear if that'll continue, but Wilkins is worth monitoring. With Andrew Luck returning from injury, there's plenty of potential for Wilkins to have a nice rookie campaign.
Kalen Ballage, RB, Dolphins. ADP: 14.06.
Good things have been said about Kalen Ballage in training camp. The fourth-round rookie runner has been described as "strong and fast." Ballage has great talent but didn't live up to it at Arizona State. Perhaps he's changed his tune now that he's in the pros.
Blake Jarwin, TE, Cowboys. ADP: None.
Dak Prescott has been targeting second-year tight end Blake Jarwin frequently during OTAs. The Cowboys spent a fourth-round pick on Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz, but it seems like Jarwin could lead the tight end in targets this upcoming season.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins. ADP: 9.07.
I liked Jamison Crowder going into last year, but he began poorly because of hip and hamstring injuries. If he can stay healthy this year, he'll have a chance to post some big numbers; he's shown great rapport with Alex Smith thus far in training camp.
Derek Carr, QB, Raiders. ADP: 12.02.
Derek Carr is a solid bargain at his 12th-round ADP. He had a 28:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2016. He struggled last year, but only because he dealt with an ailing back all year. He'll be healthy heading into 2018, and he'll also have quarterback guru Greg Olson aiding him. Olson transformed Jared Goof into Jared Goff this past season, so he'll apply the magic touch with Carr.
George Kittle, TE, 49ers. ADP: 10.04.
George Kittle had some strong performances as a rookie, and I like his potential with Jimmy Garoppolo now that he'll have some experience. Kittle has a chance to be a top-10 fantasy tight end, so I love the value at his late 10th-round ADP.
Albert Wilson, WR, Dolphins. ADP: 14.08.
Kenny Stills hasn't played, so take this with a grain of salt, but Ryan Tannehill has thrown more passes to Albert Wilson this preseason than anyone else. Wilson has potential, though I'm a bit skeptical.