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Every year a couple of late round or undrafted guys explode for big years. Some examples of sleepers in last year’s draft are Terrelle Pryor, who went undrafted in most 10 player leagues. Michael Thomas was picked anywhere from the 10th-12th round last year. Jordan Howard was drafted anywhere from 14th to undrafted. All these guys are potential top three round picks this season. In this article, I will list five players who I think can be sneaky late round productive players in PPR leagues.
1. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
“A New York Jet receiver, that is nuts!” In fact, it is not. Although, the QB situation is abysmal in NY, Anderson has all the tools to have a solid year. With the departures of Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and the injury to Quincy Enunwa, that leaves Anderson as the number one receiver for the Jets. Anderson runs sharp routes and is a very strong deep threat. In only two preseason drives Anderson has recorded 71 yards and three receptions. Looking like McCown’s favorite target, Anderson will have a large roll.
Projected round: Undrafted
2. Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
After being drafted 14th overall in 2015 by the Dolphins, Parker has been a bit of a bust so far. Coming into this season 100% healthy, the Dolphins have high hopes in him. With Tannehill gone, Jay Cutler will now be the starter in Miami. In Cutler’s first preseason game, his favorite target was clearly Devante Parker. Parker was targeted four times in two drives. Cutler referred to Parker as a “faster Alshon”, who was Cutler’s favorite target in Chicago. The Dolphins have hyped up Parker a lot this offseason, and I expect him to have a stellar season.
Projected rounds: 10th-12th
3. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Being a rookie on a team with two veteran backs, it can be hard to make noise. Kamara has done just that, in his preseason debut he rushed four times for 35 yards. In his second game he continued his success, rushing for five carries and 61 yards with a touchdown, as well as 20 receiving yards. Kamara is clearly the best pass catching back on the Saints roster, and has also showed he can run the ball very well. After his two strong performances, he has solidified himself playing time. The question remains how much? Although, I do not expect him to get a ton of playing time early, he will get his opportunities. If an injury occurs to Ingram or Peterson he is poised to make some noise.
Projected rounds: 13th and later
4. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Golladay was drafted in the third round this year by the Lions, and expected to have a small role this season. After erupting for two touchdowns in his preseason debut, he was quickly given reps with the Lions first team. In the Lions second preseason game, Golladay was on the first team. Matt Stafford loves to spread the ball around and Golladay is simply another talented target. Golladay is a strong red zone target and will have a huge role in the Lions red zone offense. I expect Golladay to vastly improve throughout the season and be a strong receiving option for your team.
Projected round: 15th
5. Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
Second round pick Zay Jones is my favorite player on this list. Everything has worked out perfectly for him this offseason. Sammy Watkins was traded, and Anquan Boldin retired. This leaves Jones as the number one option in Buffalo. Tyrod Taylor will look for Jones both short and deep on the field. In his last preseason game Jones made three catches for 42 yards, while playing with Boldin on the field. Jones is extremely talented and should do very well with this opportunity. Expect a big season out of rookie Zay Jones.
Projected rounds: 7th-9th
That concludes my five sleepers! I hope these guys help your team win! Best of luck to everyone this season!