When it comes to fantasy football, your money players are traditionally drafted in the first two or three rounds. That’s where elite running backs like Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson will be found. Likewise for top-notch signal callers like Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
Even the game’s top pass catchers like Andre Johnson, Roddy White and Calvin Johnson are gone by the time 20 picks have come off the board. As essential as it is to hit on early-round picks, it may be as important, or even more important, to find diamonds in the rough later on.
As an Arian Foster owner last season I can attest to how helpful it is to find a first-round-caliber performer in the eighth or ninth round, or even later. As much as every fantasy football player likes to fancy themselves an expert, there are always a few players who inexplicably slip through the cracks.
Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to fantasy football, but rather than wonder what could have been come the end of the season, now is the time to identify and target potential sleepers.
There is no shortage of possible breakout performers at every position, but it can be nearly impossible to predict them. Conventional wisdom can only take you so far as plenty of players seem to come out of nowhere each and every season.
With that said, the following is a sleeper guide for your upcoming fantasy football drafts. Don’t follow these predictions as gospel, however, because for all we know a player who isn’t even on an NFL roster at the moment could become the next Arian Foster. That’s the beauty of fantasy football.