A list of undervalued players to target in 2016 fantasy football leagues.
Grabbing a sleeper pick during your draft and watching it pay off for you every game during the season is an amazing feeling. In fact, there may be nothing more satisfying in fantasy sports than hitting the jackpot on a sleeper pick.
To aid you in your quest for the elusive fantasy football sleeper, we've put together a list of potential breakout or bounce-back players to help you win this season.
This list is in alphabetical order and the degree to which these players qualify as sleepers obviously depends on your specific league. We've included each player's projected stats for the upcoming season so that you can properly evaluate them.
Kevin White Chicago Bears Wide Receiver
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White's rookie season was over before it started, thanks to a lingering shin injury suffered in the spring. Now healthy, the seventh overall pick is a physical specimen, checking in at 6-3, 217 and running a blazing 4.35 40, a rare clip for a player his size. White also posted impressive vertical leap and broad jump numbers, but had only one big season in college and underwhelmed before his senior year. Nonetheless, he's expected to step in and start right away opposite Alshon Jeffery, providing quarterback Jay Cutler with two massive targets, both of which can make plays down the field and in the red zone. While White will begin his career as the team's No. 2, the departure of tight end Martellus Bennett and pass-catching back Matt Forte should ensure a fair share of targets go his way.
Coby Fleener New Orleans Saints Tight End
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If Fleener was hurt when the Colts chose Dwayne Allen over him in free agency, he got over it quickly after signing a five-year, $36 million deal with the Saints. New Orleans is seemingly the perfect setup for Fleener - catching Drew Brees' passes in an offense that is routinely among the league leaders in attempts and that makes tight end a priority. Plus, he won't have to share the position this season like he did the last four years in Indianapolis with Allen. Fleener averaged 88 targets the last three years, but his efficiency took a hit last season, partly because Andrew Luck missed nine games. Fleener's YPC and YPT were both career lows, and he had four catches of 20-plus yards after 16 the year before. That should change this year. Ben Watson, now with Baltimore, had 110 targets as the Saints' primary TE last season, with 11.1 YPC, 7.5 YPT, 13 catches of 20-plus yards and six TDs. At 6-6, 251, with 4.51 speed and a 37-inch vertical, Fleener has Watson beat on all the measures, and he's eight years younger. Fleener could thrive in the red zone, too. The only big-bodied wide receivers available are 6-6 Brandon Coleman, who had three red-zone targets last season, and 6-3 rookie Michael Thomas. The 6-5 Josh Hill is still around, but he didn't have nearly the impact most expected in the wake of Jimmy Graham's departure.
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