We begin our annual 32-part Summer Sleeper series where DLF scribes identify a lightly-touted player on each NFL roster who may be worthy of your consideration. Our subjects all have varying levels of “sleeperness,” but each merits a bit of in-depth discussion here in the Premium Content section.
To help everybody along, we are going to be categorizing our sleepers under one of three headings:
- Super Deep Sleepers – Players who aren’t roster-worthy in 12-team leagues, but are still worth keeping an eye on.
- Deep Sleepers – An end of the roster player who is more often than not on the waiver wire in 12-team leagues.
- Sleeper – A likely rostered player who makes for a good trade target. Their startup ADP puts them out of the top-175 or so.
Because we aren’t going give you the likes of mainstream sleepers, most of these players will undoubtedly fizzle. All we are asking is for you to keep an open mind and perhaps be willing to make room for one of these players on your bench. You never know when the next Willie Snead is going to spring up. Feel free to add your own thoughts about our choice for the designated sleeper, or nominate one of your own in the comments below.
The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the 2016 season with a 11-5 record while placing first in the AFC North Division. They made a strong push in the playoffs, but ultimately fell in the Conference Championship game to the New England Patriots 36-17. The offense was highly productive, finishing the season fifth in the league with 4,202 passing yards and 14th with 1,760 rushing yards.
The team made two major draft picks that could influence the offense in the near future. With their second round selection the Steelers drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver from USC. He was considered one of the top wide receivers in this year’s draft class and was a tremendous value at 62 overall. The Steelers made another pick that could impact fantasy leagues in the next couple years by selecting James Conner, running back from Pittsburgh in the third round. He was very productive in college, rushing for 3,733 yards and 52 touchdowns during his collegiate career. The Steelers drafted him as an insurance policy just in case Le’Veon Bell were to ever go down with an injury.