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 Seahawks have fallen from an elite team in the NFL to a team quickly “reloading.” The feared Legion of Boom is all but gone and Seattle is realistically stuck in NFL purgatory as an average team with a fan base expecting them to compete, veterans not willing to go through a true full-fledged rebuild, an offensive line that continues to be one of the worst in football and a quarterback in his prime who is one of the best in the league but finds himself surrounded by pedestrian talent.
In short, it’s complicated.
There are things we know about Seattle that aren’t quite so tough to figure out, though. One of those is Pete Carroll’s philosophy of having players compete for every position and starting those players he simply feels are the best at each spot, regardless of draft pedigree, contract status or previous accomplishments. It worked with Russell Wilson and he truly believes in it. This philosophy led me to choose last year’s sleeper, who was none other than Chris Carson, who came out of nowhere to claim the starting running back job in the Emerald City before being lost for the season with a gruesome ankle injury. This year, I’m going back to the same well and choosing a player who is being written off yet again but is again proving he may be deserving of serious playing time. I proudly present to you…
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