This is a list of my favorite 2017 fantasy football sleepers - underrated players who are going way later than they should. The Average Draft Position (ADP) is found on FantasyFootballCalculator.com.
The past two years of Fantasy Football Sleepers have been a mixed bag. For 2015, three of my top six sleepers were Dion Lewis, Jordan Reed and Cam Newton. On the flip side, however, I was way wrong on Kendall Wright, Stevie Johnson and Breshad Perriman. As for last season, I nailed Michael Thomas, Spencer Ware, Robert Kelley, Kenneth Dixon. Some whiffs, however, were Tajae Sharpe, DeAndre Washington, Devin Funchess and Devontae Booker.
Joe Williams, RB, 49ers. ADP: 12.11.
Joe Williams was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but would've gone earlier had it not been for character concerns. The 49ers love him and think he's a better fit for the offense than Carlos Hyde, so I would definitely target Williams in the middle rounds.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs. ADP: 10.09.
Spencer Ware may begin the year as Kansas City's starting running back, but Kareem Hunt will likely finish the season as the primary runner. Hunt is more talented than Ware, who struggled down the stretch last season after a hot start.
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seahawks. ADP: 10.10.
C.J. Prosise had two explosive performances against the Patriots and Eagles last year before landing on injured reserve. Durability is obviously an issue with Prosise, but he's worth the risk in the 11th round. The Seahawks will definitely give Prosise plenty of touches when he's healthy.
Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles. ADP: 11.03.
Zach Ertz has been Carson Wentz's favorite target throughout the offseason, so he should be drafted much higher than the 11th round. He and Wentz developed a great rapport toward the end of this past season, so that should carry over into 2017.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks. ADP: 13.11.
Tyler Lockett is 26th in my Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings, so I don't know why he's being chosen so late. Lockett showed great potential as a rookie in 2015, but was banged up last year. He should be able to rebound with a strong season.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Falcons. ADP: 13.10.
Prior to the Jeremy Maclin release, I was pretty confused about why Taylor Gabriel and Tyreek Hill were being drafted nine rounds apart. I didn't even have them nine spots apart in my Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings! Gabriel and Hill are effectively the same player, and Gabriel is in the better offense. Hill's role will increase with Maclin gone, but the fact remains that Gabriel still provides much more value.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars. ADP: 14.06.
Allen Hurns was a major disappointment in 2016, but he was never 100 percent because of a problematic knee. Now healthy, Hurns can go back to collecting lots of yardage in garbage time.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks. ADP: 9.10.
Here's another Seattle running back who is well worth his ADP than Eddie Lacy. Thomas Rawls has worked out extremely hard this offseason to make amends for his disappointing 2016 campaign. That should pay off, so I like taking a chance on him in the ninth round.
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles. ADP: 11.11.
Carson Wentz is my No. 11 quarterback, yet he's the 17th signal-caller off the board. Wentz has a top-five offensive line and an improved receiving corps to work with. Plus, he has worked very hard on his mechanics this offseason. He seems poised for a great sophomore campaign.
Pierre Garcon, WR, 49ers. ADP: 9.01.
I don't understand why Pierre Garcon is the 39th receiver off the board at his 9.01 ADP. Garcon is a great route runner and can thrive in any system. Sure, his quarterback will be Brian Hoyer, but if Cameron Meredith can be productive with Hoyer, Garcon certainly can, too.
John Brown, WR, Cardinals. ADP: 10.02.
I had John Brown listed in the Fantasy Football Busts last year, but I like him to rebound from his dreadful 2016 campaign. Brown dealt with a nasty injury all season, but figures to be healthy now. Carson Palmer's regression is still an issue, but with Michael Floyd gone, Palmer will target Brown more often.
Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers. ADP: 13.02.
The Chargers spent the seventh-overall pick on Mike Williams, but he's nursing an injury and may not be ready for the opener. Tyrell Williams, as a result, provides quality value at his 13th-round ADP.
Kamar Aiken, WR, Colts. ADP: None.
Donte Moncrief hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his brief career thus far. If he gets hurt again, Kamar Aiken will be the No. 2 receiver in Indianapolis' offense, which is substantial. Aiken is worth taking a chance on in the final rounds.
Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets. ADP: 13.02.
Eric Decker will be released, making Quincy Enunwa the No. 1 quarterback on the Jets. Everyone knows this, so Enunwa's ADP will rise, but he has to be considered a sleeper right now at his 13.02 ADP.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Cardinals. ADP: 15.01.
I don't think spending a final non-defense, non-kicker pick on J.J. Nelson is the worst idea. Nelson is Arizona's No. 3 receiver, and he could easily become the second option, given John Brown's injury history. There have been positive reports about Carson Palmer this offseason, so that could help Nelson's fantasy outlook.
*** This list will expand as the summer progresses. By the third week of the preseason, I anticipate there being 20-25 names on this page.
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.