June 25, 2021

5 Must-Have Fantasy Football Sleepers in 2021

The fantasy football season is upon us. Training camp is right around the corner and we're already starting to see hype trains begin on key talent.

Making moves early to get the best sleeper picks can make or break your season. 

We've identified five great values with huge upside for the upcoming season. None of our finds have a current average draft position (ADP) above the 12th round. 

These are the deep finds that'll make you money come playoff time. 

Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks

One of the stranger career developments from the 2017 NFL Draft class was Gerald Everett's journey. He's a solid athlete who figured to play a prominent role in Sean McVay's motion-based offense. But there was never a consistent set of targets coming his way in Los Angeles.

The Rams opted against keeping Everett and he fled to a new opportunity with Russell Wilson. Though the Seahawks haven't successfully incorporated a tight end into their offense since Jimmy Graham departed, Everett is the best overall talent they've had in the last four years.

Everett will have to beat out Will Dissly for the job but that's not a huge task. Everett will benefit from the absence of a third strong receiver on the roster, and could nearly double his 2020 production. A season with 70 receptions for 800 yards and six touchdowns would make Everett a massive steal.

Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars

There's an ungodly amount of hype around Laviska Shenault this offseason coming from Jacksonville. Shenault is a great talent but is also stuck in an offense with a better overall receiver in D.J. Chark, a veteran threat in Marvin Jones, and two talented running backs. Shenault could be a big letdown this year.

Instead, I want to bolster my roster with the sure-handed Jones. The 31-year-old is the best route-runner on the team and will quickly become Trevor Lawrence's go-to target when he needs a first-down. 

Jones is coming off his best season since 2017, with 978 yards and nine touchdown receptions. He's a scoring machine thanks to his concentration, toughness, positioning, and "my-ball" mentality. Everything we saw Lawrence do at Clemson points towards him favoring Jones.

Jones isn't going to bring the massive upside those around him do but he'll be worth a late-round stash as a fourth receiver.

Larry Roundtree, Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers' running back depth chart has a big opportunity ripe for the taking. As good as Austin Ekeler is, he tends to fade as the lead back. His efficiency numbers dipped as his workload grew.

We know the Chargers will utilize a second back consistently based on offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's past tendencies. But primary backups Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley lack the dynamic ability needed for a legitimate second-option. Kelley in particular struggled to create any opportunities with poor blocking, and is a fringe NFL talent.

Sixth-round pick Larry Roundtree has the chance to quickly rise and earn carries this season. He was explosive at Missouri, tallying over 3,700 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career. His quickness will standout in the preseason, and is worth a waiver wire claim or late-round stash.

Cornell Powell, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs clearly looked at Sammy Watkins' medical sheet and decided the talented tease wasn't worth the cost to bring back again. However, Watkins was great as a speedy decoy, and his role must be filled. Enter fifth-round rookie Cornell Powell.

Powell is easily the second-most gifted receiver on this roster and can immediately take a starting job. While Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are part-time players with severe limitations, Powell showed real growth in his final season at Clemson. His strong frame will allow him to box out corners and win after the catch like Watkins did.

The ceiling for Powell must be realistic as the Chiefs will likely run the ball more with a revamped offensive line. He'll rotate with Robinson and Byron Pringle, but we're putting faith in the film work he'll pull away after the bye week.

I love Powell as a fifth receiver stash and potential riser.

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Everyone knows Drew Lock stunk in 2020. The Broncos have been linked to Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers for good reason. They traded for Teddy Bridgewater in case Lock can't cut it again, and they'd have some stability instead of the weekly wild ride Lock provided.

Denver's receivers suffered as Lock flailed. That includes star tight end Noah Fant. Fant had a good but underwhelming year with 62 receptions, 673 yards and three scores. 

Those numbers could rise dramatically if the Broncos land a star passer, if Bridgewater starts, or if Lock improves at all. With a current ADP in the 13th round, I love getting a high TE2 and likely TE1 that late. He's an amazing value right now.

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