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 Indianapolis Colts walked away from this year’s draft with one of the sexiest fantasy hauls in the NFL. They started things off by drafting Michael Pittman with their first pick in the second round. The team needed to add some youth to the receiving corps and Pittman will be the bridge that helps the Colts’ passing game over the hump.
A few picks later, the Colts drafted Jonathan Taylor, running back from Wisconsin. Many had him penciled in as the best back in the draft class. He adds another dynamic to the offense because he has home-run-hitting speed combined with the size to run between the tackles. Taylor was very productive at Wisconsin, rushing for 6,174 yards and 50 touchdowns during his three-year collegiate career.
In the fourth round, the Colts decided to pull the trigger on former five-star recruit Jacob Eason. He’s a developmental quarterback prospect who will sit behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett during his rookie season.
But after them...