In our annual 32-part Summer Sleeper series, 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 to 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 Adam Thielen 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 quarterback carousel of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch netted the Broncos a last-place finish in the AFC West last year. The team is looking to turn things around. They have one of the better defenses in the NFL and they are now led by Case Keenum who won 11 games for the Minnesota Vikings last season. Even with an aging roster, there’s still a lot of optimism circulating the city of Denver.
In the last two years, the Denver Broncos averaged 3.85 yards per carry as a team. C.J. Anderson surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time since high school. As we all know, he’s no longer with the team and he will be competing for touches in Carolina’s backfield.
Denver drafted Royce Freeman, a highly-touted running back prospect out of Oregon, in the third round this season. He is favored to finish the year as the team’s feature back. They also have Devontae Booker on the roster still. He is looking to put something together. But if anything, he will be the team’s receiving option out of the backfield.
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