5 Wide Receiver Sleepers to Snag in Fantasy

This is a list of wide receivers who are currently being undervalued in fantasy drafts. Select them in their current ADP ranges and you will benefit greatly. Keep in mind that the ADPs are based off ESPN standard leagues.

 

Take a deep breath. Alright here we go..

Alshon Jeffery

It wasn't very long ago that Jeffery was putting up WR1 numbers. In fact, in his 2013 season he finished with 1,421 yards and 7 touchdowns. The following 2014 season he had 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns. One of the reasons Jeffery seems to be dropping in ADP is simply because he is an injury prone wide receiver. Or is he? Jeffery actually played in all 16 games during the 2013 and 2014 season. It was only last year that he missed 7 games. In those 9 games last year, Jeffery still finished with 807 yards and 4 touchdowns! Jeffery is an elite player in the NFL and if you watched him closely like I did last year there is no questioning his ability as a wide receiver. Also we shouldn't forget that Jeffery produced with the terrible Josh McCown at quarterback so it doesn't matter who is throwing to Jeffery. Get this guy on your team!

Demaryius Thomas

It feels really weird to say that this guy is a sleeper but he is being drafted as WR15 at the end of the 3rd round. I don't get why he dropped so low in ADP. I mean I do understand that people are afraid of the production drop after the way Peyton Manning played last year but as horrible as Manning was, DT still put up 1,304 yards and 6 touchdowns. The only real disappointment of his year was the low touchdown total which we all know is flukey and unpredictable. We need to keep in mind that the Broncos paid this guy big money not too long ago because there aren't many players like him. If his skillset as a receiver was strictly a product of Peyton Manning then they would have gladly let him walk. Thomas is talented and he doesn't need an elite quarterback to show it. You can probably draft this guy on your team and use him in your WR2 slot which is a steal!

Jeremy Maclin

I wouldn't say that Maclin is an elite wide receiver but he is pretty damn good. In his best season with the Eagles in 2014 he posted 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games. In 2015, playing with the Chiefs and the all time game manager Alex Smith, Maclin posted 1,088 yards and 8 touchdowns in 15 games. He actually wasn't very far off from when he left Philadelphia especially when you consider the fact that Alex Smith doesn't know what a deep ball is. His former quarterback Nick Foles is also on the Chiefs now. Yes the same QB that Andy Reid drafted and the same QB who played with him during part of the 2014 season. Now I'm not saying Foles is good but he will at least take a few deep shots every now and then. I also think this will be the last season Smith plays as a starter. The fans will boo Smith and the coach will bench him and we may finally see the fun old days of an Andy Reid offense. Hopefully.

Phillip Dorsett

This sleeper is a bit of a stretch but considering he was drafted by the team as a first round pick I imagine the team wants to use him. Besides we all know that any receiver playing for Andrew Luck has a great chance of putting up great numbers. As of late, the Colts have been running a lot of 3 WR sets and now that Andre Johnson is out of the picture we can see Dorsett finally get his opportunity. We already know what T.Y. Hilton can offer and Donte Moncrief was definitely fun to watch last year. There isn't much else to say about this speedy WR but if you believe that the Colts are an offense built to produce points then grab a piece of that offense at a cheap price. Dorsett is currently being drafted in round 12 as WR52.

Mohamed Sanu

This pick has a small narrative that goes along with it. If you're a savvy fantasy player like I am then you must know that Sanu and Marvin Jones were the most difficult pair of WRs to predict. But there was one thing that everyone knew out of these two. When one was out the other remaining player produced. We saw this consistently on the Bengals. Sanu is no longer playing in Cincinnati and he will be playing as the number 2 for the Falcons along side Julio Jones. The last time Sanu played as the solid number 2 receiver alongside an elite player was in 2014 when Marvin Jones was hurt. In 2014 Sanu posted 790 yards and 5 touchdowns giving you a decent option for a backup flex play when things start getting messy midseason. Plus we know that Julio isn't the healthiest player in the league so if he misses any games, then Sanu will be a must-start option. Currently Sanu is being drafted as WR58 in round 13. Solid value.