Top 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers of 2017

These are the sleepers your mother didn't tell you about.

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Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (17th ranked RB on ESPN)

You’ve seen the video footage of his incident off the field, but have you seen footage of him on the field? He’s lightning fast and capable of blowing the top off of a defense at any given moment. He’s a physical freak – at 6’1, 228 lbs, Mixon is bigger and faster than Adrian Peterson was coming out of college. In 2016, Mixon rushed for over 1,200 yards (avg. 6.8 yards-per-carry…..ridonkulous) and 10 TD’s, picked up another cool 500+ yards and 5 TD’s in the receiving game, and ranked second nationally in all-purpose yards per game. He was the #1 overall RB coming out of high school in 2014, and would’ve rivaled Leonard Fournette as the #1 RB coming out of college if not for the off-field drama. ESPN has him ranked 17th among RB’s. Don’t let him out of your range.

Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins (18th ranked TE on ESPN)

Remember when Julius Thomas caught 24 combined TD’s in 2013 & 2014? Remember who was calling the plays in Denver during those years? Adam Gase. Gase also happens to be calling the plays in Miami in 2017. Another plus for Thomas – Jay Cutler. Ryan Tannehill used the TE rarely; Cutler uses the TE often. The Dolphins have offensive weapons all over the field, but don’t let that scare you. Cutler is used to playing with Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, and still always managed to get Martellus Bennett involved.

Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints (23rd ranked RB on ESPN)

The term “sleeper” doesn’t necessarily mean some hidden rookie gem whose name you’ve never heard; it can also mean a guy who is being way overlooked when compared to his average draft position. Look, I get it – Peterson is officially the “backup” to Mark Ingram and will undoubtedly split snaps throughout the season. But he’s finally on an offense that can move the ball. The Saints were #1 in the NFL in offensive yards per game and #1 in Red Zone TD’s per game in 2016. Peterson might get more red-zone carries in 2017 than he did the last three seasons combined in Minnesota. He may not rush for 2,000 yards, but he’s going to find the end zone early and often. ESPN has him ranked as the 23rd overall RB in 2017 – to put that in perspective, Jeremy Langford was the 23rd ranked RB in 2016. 

Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens (26th ranked RB on ESPN)

If Woodhead’s torn ACL spoiled your fantasy RB-core in 2016, consider that two of us. Woodhead is now 100% healthy, well-rested, and will get a ton of work in his new home. In total, Baltimore’s top-three RB’s caught over 100 passes in 2016. Considering RB Kenneth Dixon was slated to be the #2 RB behind Terrance West – but is now out for the season with a knee injury – Woodhead is going to see plenty of action. If your league is PPR, find a spot on your roster for him.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (46th ranked WR on ESPN)

If it makes you nervous knowing Corey Davis played his college ball at Western Michigan, it should make you less-nervous knowing he’s the all-time leader in receiving yards in the history of major college football. The Titans haven’t had a legit weapon at WR in what feels like 50 years. Now they do. And he’s just what the doctor ordered for Marcus Mariota. Davis is 6-3, 209 lbs. He’ll catch anything thrown in his vicinity, and do damage once the ball is in his hands. The Titans used the fifth-overall pick in the 2017 draft to get him – I’m willing to bet they plan to use him.

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