8 Dynasty Sleepers Who Will Supercharge Your Team

Jun 02, 2022
8 Dynasty Sleepers Who Will Supercharge Your Team

Following the NFL Draft, dynasty managers now have the final two pieces of information needed to fully analyze the value of both rookies and veterans. Player value has changed and those dynasty league players must react. One move that can make a major difference in creating a successful dynasty season is identifying and acquiring players at a discount.

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The term “sleeper” is a tricky one as most die-hard dynasty players know NFL depth charts up and down. The names listed below won’t be new to you, but they are players who could greatly outproduce their respective current cost, therefore seeing their value increase. These players are all being drafted outside of the top-10 rounds of dynasty startups, according to Dynasty League Football monthly ADP data. Let’s identify some of these sleepers who could supercharge your upcoming dynasty season.

Last Updated: June 2, 2022

Robert Woods, WR TEN

After the Titans released veteran receiver Julio Jones, their WR2 job was wide open. They filled that prior to the NFL Draft, flipping a future sixth-round pick to the Rams for veteran Robert Woods. After missing much of the 2021 season with a torn ACL, Woods became expendable when the Rams signed Allen Robinson. Due a big pay raise, it made sense for both sides for the veteran to find a new team. Woods has produced as a WR1 in 30% of his games over the past three seasons. Woods' role was cemented on draft night when the Titans shipped off A.J. Brown for draft picks. While many dynasty players, myself included, are excited about the opportunity rookie Treylon Burks could see in Tennessee, Woods is a near lock to outperform his ADP, which currently places him outside of the top-50 receivers in dynasty leagues.

Zamir White, RB LV

The day before they drafted former Georgia running back Zamir White, the Raiders declined the fifth-year option on current starter Josh Jacobs. White has been knocked for his limited pass-catching chops but the Raiders have never given Jacobs a shot at a full workload despite being an adequate pass-catcher in college. If the team is looking for a two-down banger of a back, they definitely found that in White, the former top overall running back in his recruiting class. Dynasty managers investing a draft pick into White may be forced to wait as much as a year before seeing a significant return but with Jacobs now expected to move on following the 2022 season, the starting job is there for the taking. White is currently a third-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts and an 11th-rounder in startups.

Noah Fant, TE SEA

When the Broncos pulled off the biggest move of the offseason, acquiring Russell Wilson from the Seahawks, much of the attention was focused on Denver’s new quarterback, along with the team’s pass catchers who will finally have the quarterback to help them live up to the hype. The lost player in the trade is Noah Fant, who was sent to Seattle as part of the compensation for Wilson. Fant’s value has fallen hard over the past year, dropping from 78 overall and TE7 to his current ADP well outside of the top-100 and the TE12. While the trade is not a win for the tight end, he went from being the third option in a passing game with a poor quarterback to being the third option in the passing game with a poor quarterback. Fant is also coming off arguably his best season, setting new career-highs with receptions, touchdowns, and fantasy points.

Russell Gage, WR TB

A late-round draft pick in 2018, Russell Gage has shown improvement throughout his four-year career. With Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley missing games over the past three years, Gage stepped up to lead the Falcons' wide receiver corps multiple times. That resulted in fantasy finishes of WR37 in each of the past two years. Gage was on his way to a true breakout season in 2021 before an injury cost him multiple games. The best thing about Gage for dynasty managers is that his value still hasn’t caught up to his production. He’s never cracked the top-125 players in DLF’s monthly ADP data and WR59 is his all-time high according to that same data. Gage bolted from Atlanta in favor of division foe Tampa Bay, reportedly making the final decision when Tom Brady called to recruit him. The Buccaneers offense is crowded with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but the latter will likely miss some time recovering from an ACL injury and Brady always spreads the ball around.

Tyler Allgeier, RB ATL

The Falcons were identified prior to the NFL Draft as one of the top landing spots for a rookie. This has a lot more to do with the opportunity a rookie could find in Atlanta, not the quality of the offense. Somewhat surprisingly, Atlanta didn’t address their backfield until the fifth round, when they drafted do-it-all back Tyler Allgeier. When I say “do-it-all,” I mean it. Allgeier even spent much of the 2019 season playing linebacker for BYU before going back to running back full-time. Soon after they selected Allgeier, the Falcons parted ways with veteran Mike Davis. After his 2021 bust of a season, this move has little real impact on Allgeier or the Falcons, but it further clears the path for the rookie to have a significant role from day one. Allgeier can be had in the 12th round of dynasty startup drafts.

Cole Kmet, TE CHI

The Bears entered the offseason with many holes on offense. The expectation was the team would be active in free agency and the NFL Draft, adding help for young quarterback Justin Fields. In free agency, the Bears signed Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown, while losing veteran Allen Robinson to the Rams. They also signed depth players in Darrynton Evans, James O’Shaughnessy, and Ryan Griffin. They followed up those frustrating moves by reaching for receiver Velus Jones in the second round of the draft. None of those moves really help Fields but it is good news for established pieces of the offense, Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet. The third-year tight end has not had the chance to make a major impact for the Bears but that time should come this season. Kmet can be had in the 11th round of dynasty startups.

Melvin Gordon, RB DEN

Following the 2021 season, there was a great deal of uncertainty about where veteran running back Melvin Gordon would land. His time in Denver was almost certainly ending. Sharing the backfield with rookie Javonte Williams, Gordon led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns, splitting 406 carries down the middle. Gordon got a few sniffs in free agency but right before the NFL Draft, chose to return to Denver. Although the expectation is for Williams to lead the backfield, Gordon simply won’t go away. Gordon’s value loss has gone too far, dropping outside of the top-130 overall players and the top-40 running backs. He makes an excellent draft or trade target for dynasty teams built around wide receivers and looking for a boost in the backfield.

Zach Wilson, QB NYJ

One of the biggest winners of the NFL Draft was Jets' second-year quarterback Zach Wilson. Not only did the team use one of their first-round picks on wide receiver Garrett Wilson, but they also upgraded their backfield with Breece Hall in the second round. The Jets even added a tight end and offensive lineman later in the draft. Wilson had a rough start to his rookie season and then missed time with an injury. When he returned, things had improved though and Wilson finished on a hot streak. He was the QB11 over the final six weeks of the season and will enter year two with upgrades across all parts of the offense.

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