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 Seattle Seahawks might not seem like the place to chase a fantasy football sleeper. Their run-first offense was middle of the pack in total plays run from scrimmage in 2018, and they were the only team to run the ball more than throw it in 2018. The team might not have been high-flying in 2018, but they were highly efficient.
Seattle had 176 total offensive drives and averaged 2.36 points per drive (seventh in the NFL). Machine-like quarterback Russell Wilson capitalized on explosive plays to Tyler Lockett in the passing game to the tune of a perfect passer rating when he was targeted.
Neither Chris Carson or Rashaad Penny qualify as sleepers at running back. Rookie DK Metcalf already has a high ADP and the efficient Tyler Lockett does as well. So where does the value come from in Seattle?