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 term sleeper for the Chargers might be best used to describe the fan excitement for the franchise in the city of Los Angeles. From a dynasty perspective, the Bolts have players being drafted early in Austin Ekeler (25) and Keenan Allen (53) while Hunter Henry (90) and Mike Williams (103) are going a little later in startup drafts. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert (177) and lackluster veteran Tyrod Taylor (240) are technically sleepers based on ADP, but both are known quantities in dynasty circles.
The player being profiled today broke records at one of the premier football programs in America, but finds himself as somewhat of an afterthought in the dynasty sphere.