DS Sleepers

10 Fantasy Football Sleepers

By Jared Smola 9:08am EDT 8/17/16

What the hell is a fantasy football sleeper nowadays? You’re bombarded by so much fantasy analysis that it’s nearly impossible to find a guy who’s not getting talked up by someone somewhere.

So consider this list of 2016 sleepers more like an extension of our Undervalued Players. We distinguished between the 2 based mostly on past fantasy impact.

Vincent Jackson, for example, went in the Undervalued article. Phillip Dorsett? Sleeper.

No matter what you call them, these 10 guys should be highlighted on your cheat sheet.


Phillip Dorsett, WR, Colts

Dorsett was in a tough spot last year — even as a 1st-round pick. He joined a Colts team that:

1. Had T.Y. Hilton locked into a starting job

2. Had a promising 2nd-year WR in Donte Moncrief

3. Was hell-bent on making Andre Johnson happen

Then QB Andrew Luck got hurt and the whole passing game went to crap.

Let’s step away from 2015 and reset Dorsett’s outlook. The Colts spent the 29th overall pick of the 2015 draft on him after a senior season at Miami that saw him score 10 times and average a scintillating 24.2 yards per catch on 36 grabs. Dorsett checked into the Combine at just 5’10, 185 pounds but blazed a 4.33-second 40-yard dash with a 37-inch vertical and strong showings in the agility drills. It earned him a SPARQ (athleticism) score in the 82nd percentile among WRs.

Now Dorsett enters 2016 with a massive opportunity. There are 162 targets from a year ago up for grabs after the offseason departures of Andre Johnson and Coby Fleener. Indy didn’t add anyone to soak those up.

After a strong offseason, Dorsett is locked in as the #3 WR on a team that’s expected to go 3 WRs as its base offense. That essentially makes Dorsett a starter — in an offense that led the league in passing yards and TDs with a healthy Luck in 2014.

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