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 Buffalo Bills rely on a strong running game and fierce defense to win games. In the off-season, the team made a huge splash by trading for receiver Stefon Diggs to give the passing game a much-needed jolt. Diggs pairs with veteran speedster John Brown and the efficient Cole Beasley to give Josh Allen three versatile weapons.
Second-year tight end Dawson Knox gives the young quarterback a reliable underneath option as well. Opposing defenses will need to respect the passing game, opening up things for running backs Devin Singletary and Zach Moss. All this in turn makes the rushing ability of Allen even more dangerous and unpredictable.
The biggest wild card in all of this is the health of Diggs and Brown. Diggs has missed ten games in six seasons and missed chunks of other games due to various injuries. Brown sat out nine games in the same span but had other games where he missed significant time or was obviously limited despite playing. This could open up an opportunity for a rookie to step in and give the Bills a dangerous downfield threat.