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.
Few depth charts in the NFL changed as much as the Miami Dolphins’ one in the last year. From this time last summer to today, the Dolphins have gained a franchise quarterback and two journeyman running backs who have started at times in recent seasons. They lost a running back who found success in Arizona and looks to be a true feature back. The team also shipped out a franchise offensive tackle and rotated pieces along the line all last season.
The offense does feature some bright spots and should be able to move the ball in 2020. DeVante Parker finally “broke out” and Preston Williams looked like a capable receiver on the other side of the field. Mike Gesicki took a step forward and gave the team a dangerous tight end to split the middle of the field. Along the road, they won a few more games than most expected, yet they still ended up with the franchise quarterback fans wanted - Tua Tagovailoa.
The backfield could give you two fantasy-relevant backs but I am going to highlight who I think is a sleeper - a player who can be acquired fairly inexpensively who could give your fantasy team some points in 2020.