We continue 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 Chicago Bears were a surprisingly competent offense in 2016, especially considering the bucket of yuck they trotted out under center each week. To wit, despite the likes of Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Barkley combining for all but six of the Bears’ passing attempts, the passing game accumulated over 4,100 yards. The 857.9 points provided to pass catchers were also just below average, checking in at 19th-best across the league.
The run game was even better. Rookie stud Jordan Howard finished second in the league with over 1,300 rushing yards, propelling the team to a 17th-place finish in terms of that statistic. Unfortunately, Howard showed a major weakness as a pass catcher, dropping eight of 50 catchable targets, with only 29 receptions. With third-year player, and presumptive third-down back Jeremy Langford bad at football, this could open up some work for…
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