Value is the key to having a successful fantasy football draft. Finding sleepers is not an easy thing to do. Injuries and stupidity from your conterparts can sometimes work out in your favor. Here are a few guys that you can grab late that can end up being in that playoff lineup.
Javonte WIlliams, RB, Denver Broncos, ADP: 64
Williams put up ridiculous numbers in his final season at North Carolina, finishing the season with 22 touchdowns and averaging 7.3 yards per carry. He was snagged in the second round by the Denver Broncos. Williams will have to contend with veteran Melvin Gordon for carris but his experience sharing carries in college will prepare him for that role. He will step onto the field ready to make the most of every touch.
When drafting Williams you may have to wait a few weeks to get the payback but the organization spent a top 35 pick on him which means they want him to play immediately. Gordon is in his age 28 season and has a history of injury issues, you could likely see a time split early on in the season with Williams ability ultimately winning over the position.
The Broncos have question marks with Drew Lock but the offensive weapons are still there and can create a lot of scoring opportunities. The solid Broncos defense could also play a factor into games, keeping it close, allowing the offense to play ball control with its two running backs. Williams ability to break any play will be a great asset for your fantasy team.
Jamal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions, ADP: 125
Another overlooked Williams in the backfield is former Packer Jamaal Williams who inked a deal with the rival Detroit Lions in the offseason. Williams has already shown the ability to make the most of his touches playing behind fantasy standout Aaron Jones last season. Getting potentially limited touches behind second year runner De’Andre Swift shouldn’t deter you from taking a chance on the 26-year-old power runner.
The Lions moving from Mathew Stafford to Jared Goff is a change in the offensive gameplan. Jared Goff’s style of play opens up the run game, utilizing the play action. Goff has consistently had running backs that have excelled behind him. The Lions starting RB Deandre Swift has shown an inability to stay on the field, which will mean more carries for Williams who has the ability to be an every down back.
Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets, ADP: 123
A former first round pick that has become the focal point of a new offense with a dynamic QB at the helm. That former first round pick is also coming off of the best season of his career and will likely be the deep threat for a team that will be playing from behind a lot during the 2021 season. With a new QB means a new favorite target and Zach Wilson has already made it clear that Davis is going to be his favorite. Wilson has thrown to Davis in 55% of his throws in the preseason.
The Jets have rebuilt their offensive line in the offseason in order to protect their #2 overall pick. The idea is that Wilson will be allowed to let loose just like he did at BYU and if that is the ase the #1 option will be Corey Davis. The best part is that you can get a top receiver with your 11th round pick or maybe even later.
Ja’Mar Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, ADP: 59
Rookie receivers can come with risks. It is one of the hardest positions to learn at the next level. Luckily for Ja’Mar Chase he has a built in chemistry with QB Joe Burrow because of their time at LSU. Chase has had a tough preseason, three drops on three targets in their most game has a lot of fantasy owners questioning him which could allow you to pick him up late in your drafts.
The Bengals threw the ball a lot last season, regression is likely but when the game is on the line they will be looking to throw the ball. The former LSU standout will get a lot of one-on-one coverage due to last year’s emergence of Tee Higgins. Chase has the ability to be a top ten wide receiver as he progresses throughout the season. Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor was the mastermind that was able to bring the best out of Jared Goff, utilizing multiple wide receivers over the middle for short passes that eventually could open up the big play. Joe Burrow is way ahead of Goff and Chase is the most talented receiver on the team. He will have an impact on a fantasy championship.