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.
Under the trusty wing of Jason Garrett, the Cowboys finished the 2019 season with an 8-8 record and second in the NFC East behind the Philadelphia Eagles. During the off-season, the Cowboys decided to make a change and transition to Mike McCarthy as their head coach who formerly led the Green Bay Packers to six NFC North titles. McCarthy should create a drastic change in the team’s offensive philosophy, making a lot of changes in play calling and how the passing game influences the overall offensive game plan.
We saw another big change this off-season when the Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb in the first round. He should instantly see playing time in the offense as the team’s third wide receiver. During his last season at Oklahoma, Lamb averaged 3.99 yards per route run. We will see him develop into one of the top weapons in Dallas’ offense.
Tony Pollard is an easy sleeper to peg on our draft boards. He’s already on the radar for a lot of people - especially for those owners who like to fade the running position and draft zero-RB. DLF has him slotted with a 129 ADP as the 45th running back off the board behind Jordan Howard, James White, and Phillip Lindsay.
I like to either go deeper or at least think outside the box with this article series with the hopes that I can put you on notice on a certain player or to allow to look at football in a different way by sharing parts of my evaluation process.