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.
Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers. ADP: 14.06.
Peyton Barber is currently slated to be Tampa's starting running back. That could change with Ronald Jones on the roster, but Jones has some off-field concerns that could prevent him from being the starter. Barber, meanwhile, has worked very hard this offseason, turning what he called "excess fat" into "lean muscle." Given that Jones could be Tampa's top back, he's a steal at 14.06.
Corey Clement, RB, Eagles. ADP: 10.03.
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.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars. ADP: 14.01.
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.
D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers. ADP: 11.07.
D.J. Moore is starting to get tons of hype, so his ADP should rise. The Panthers are very pleased with what they've seen from Moore this offseason, so Moore should be the team's No. 1 receiver this year.
Mike Williams, WR, Chargers. ADP: 11.10.
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.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs. ADP: 11.07.
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 Matthews, WR, Patriots. ADP: 14.02.
Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola are gone. Julian Edelman will be out for four weeks because of a suspension. There aren't many options remaining, so Jordan Matthews could end up being a significant player in New England's offense. Matthews caught 85 passes with the Eagles in 2015 under Chip Kelly, and Bill Belichick happens to be close friends with Kelly.
Danny Amendola, WR, Dolphins. ADP: Undrafted.
Danny Amendola has no ADP, yet the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, one of the top NFL team reporters, said that "Ryan Tannehill to Amendola will be a thing," and he predicted that Amendola will catch 80 passes. Amendola has a dubious injury track record, but he should be productive if healthy.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans. ADP: 13.05.
Rishard Matthews is Marcus Mariota's favorite receiver. Perhaps that'll change with Corey Davis entering his second season as a pro, but Matthews will see plenty of targets in 2018, especially with Eric Decker no longer on the team.
Kevin White, WR, Bears. ADP: Undrafted.
It seems silly to recommend Kevin White at this point, but he's had terrible luck with injuries, so perhaps this will be the year he finally produced. He has also been working out hard this offseason, so perhaps that'll pay off.
Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys. ADP: 13.03.
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.
Paul Richardson, WR, Redskins. ADP: 14.06.
I didn't like the Paul Richardson signing very much, but this ADP seems pretty ridiculous. Richardson is arguably the Redskins' best receiver, yet he can be obtained in the 14th round? How does that make any sense? Washington paid Richardson $40 million this offseason, so the coaching staff will have to try to get the former Seahawk to do at least something.
Derek Carr, QB, Raiders. ADP: 10.04.
Derek Carr is a solid bargain at his 10th-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: 12.10.
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 12th-round ADP.
Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos. ADP: 11.03.
Devontae Booker isn't a great player by any means, but he's currently the favorite to be Denver's lead back this season. He could be overtaken by third-round rookie Royce Freeman, but Freeman isn't very good either, so Booker should be able to handle most of the workload. He's a bargain in the 11th round.