A list of undervalued players to target in 2017 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.
Isaiah Crowell Cleveland Browns Running Back
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The 24-year-old put together his best NFL campaign in 2016, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards while making an impact in the passing game, and as a result Crowell will head into this season firmly established as the No. 1 back in Cleveland. While he didn't have much of a reputation as a game-breaker prior to last year, he finished in the top 10 in the league in runs of 15 yards or more and average yards after contact per touch, a combination which led him to a career-high 4.8 YPC. It's possible Crowell just needed some time to mature following a checkered college career that saw him kicked out of Georgia due to off-field issues. On the field, he shows good vision and patience, and while he doesn't have elite speed or elusiveness, he does have the burst to get to the second level when he finds a hole. The offense around him does him no favors, though the Browns did sign guard Kevin Zeitler away from the Bengals to upgrade an offense line that was already the team's relative strength. Duke Johnson figures to have a key role on passing downs and as a chance-of-pace runner, but Crowell managed four 100-yard games last year under similar circumstances, and if he remains focused and motivated he should be able to produce once again.
Tyreek Hill Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver
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The cautionary comp here is Cordarrelle Patterson, a dynamic, versatile rookie that turned out to be everything except a competent wide receiver. Apparently, coach Andy Reid isn't concerned -- this spring he said he'd like to get Hill more targets, and why not? Hill scored 12 times despite totaling only 107 touches from scrimmage last season, and while almost all of his pass-catching opportunities came on short throws, he impressively hauled in 61 of his 83 targets (73 percent, 6th). Hill also had 24 carries for 267 yards and three touchdowns, with another trio of scores as a return man. At 5-10, 185, Hill is small but reportedly ran a 4.24 40 at his Pro Day, and he's as quick as anyone in the league. The Chiefs apparently have high hopes for the second-year speedster, who likely will take over as the team's No. 1 wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin was cut in June. TE Travis Kelce could be the primary pass catcher, and fellow wideout Chris Conley also figures to benefit, but Maclin's release still speaks volumes about Kansas City's confidence in Hill. And while his size might serve to limit his red-zone opportunities, Hill did draw 15 targets in the area last season, though he converted only three into touchdowns. The only downside is that his role on special teams likely will be scaled back.
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