Fantasy football draft season is nearly upon us in 2018.
Our resident fantasy football junkies, Charles Curtis and Steven Ruiz, are here to help you win your league with their sleeper picks for all 32 NFL teams …
DALLAS COWBOYS: WR MICHAEL GALLUP
Who’s replacing Dez Bryant? Allen Hurns? Terrance Williams? Deonte Thompson? Tavon Austin? It could be this third-round rookie, who’s already turning heads in training camp. He’s a deep sleeper, but keep an eye on this situation in the coming weeks.
NEW YORK GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING
Seriously! He’ll have a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley to throw to. He may not have the arm he used to, but he may pile up the yards and touchdowns thanks to the talent around him.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: RB COREY CLEMENT
Don’t forget: He scored six times as a rookie. If Jay Ajayi falters and Darren Sproles isn’t healthy enough after multiple major injuries ended his 2017 season, Clement could be a late-round gem.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: WR PAUL RICHARDSON
The Skins didn’t sign the speedster to a five-year deal for nothing. Could he leap-frog Josh Doctson on the depth chart? And will he score like he did last season if he does (six TDs)?
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: WR KENDALL WRIGHT
The top wideout pairing for the Vikes — Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs — is sewn up. And we know Laquon Treadwell hasn’t lived up to his first-round draft status, so maybe it’s the ex-Bear who will get some looks from Kirk Cousins as the third receiver.
DETROIT LIONS: WR KENNY GOLLADAY
Remember all that hype from last preseason that never translated on the field? Here’s what changed: He’s not a rookie anymore. Here’s what didn’t: He’s still 6-foot-4. The receiver might get some red-zone looks from Matthew Stafford.
GREEN BAY PACKERS: RB AARON JONES
There’s a crowded backfield situation in Green Bay, and Jones will be suspended for the first two games of 2018. Because of that and the fact that he’ll be lumped in with Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, you may be able to get him cheaply … and let’s not forget that he averaged 5.5 yards per carry in 2017.
CHICAGO BEARS: WR ANTHONY MILLER
There are suddenly a lot of mouths to feed in Chicago, but all anyone can talk about is this rookie receiver.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: WR TORREY SMITH
Couple Cam Newton’s arm with Smith’s speed and ability to get open downfield and you’ve got an opportunity here.
ATLANTA FALCONS: WR MOHAMED SANU
Seems like drafters and experts are underrating Sanu since the Falcons took Calvin Ridley in the first round. But Sanu has Matt Ryan’s trust (96 targets, 5 touchdowns) and he could still be a factor in the passing game while the rookie gets acclimated.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: QB JAMEIS WINSTON
Follow my thinking here: Yes, Winston is suspended three games. But you’re not drafting him to start in Weeks 1-3, when there are no byes. Stash him away and you’ll end up with dividends later.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: WR CAMERON MEREDITH
I fully expect Meredith to emerge as the No. 2 option behind Michael Thomas, and that could mean big things for the wideout two seasons removed from a 66-catch season in Chicago.
LOS ANGELES RAMS: QB JARED GOFF
He’s starting Year 3 and has Brandin Cooks on his squad. After a year in which he tossed 28 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, feels like the arrow is pointing up for the 2016 first overall selection, doesn’t it?
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: RB CHRIS CARSON
By the time you read this, Carson may be declared the starter ahead of first-rounder Rashaad Penny. But if you’re an early drafter, take a flier on the running back who turned heads last season until he got hurt.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: WR BRICE BUTLER
Who’s getting the No. 2 receiver job in Arizona? It could be rookie Christian Kirk, but keep an eye on the ex-Cowboy.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: TE GEORGE KITTLE
His finale three weeks with Jimmy Garappolo under center: Four catches, 52 yards; three receptions, 42 yards and a score, and a 6-100 day against the Rams.
BUFFALO BILLS: RB CHRIS IVORY
Really you should be sleeping on anyone on this Bills offense, which figures to be among the worst units in the league. But with LeSean McCoy’s off-the-field-issues, Ivory could find himself in the starting lineup at some point this season. It’s always hard to find a starting RB late in drafts.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: WR ALBERT WILSON
Wilson wasn’t utilized to his full potential in Kansas City. Look for that to change in Miami where he’ll replace Jarvis Landry as the team’s main target on perimeter screen passes. In a PPR league, Wilson will be a consistent contributor for your team.
NEW YORK JETS: RB ISAIAH CROWELL
With Jeremy Bates taking over as offensive coordinator, Crowell’s experience in a zone running system will help him beat out Bilal Powell for carries. Don’t be surprised if Crowell is a solid RB2 in fantasy by season’s end.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: WR JULIAN EDELMAN
With Edelman looking at a four-game suspension, you should be able to land him late in your draft. Just stash him on your bench and reap the rewards down the stretch. Danny Amendola is gone, which means more slot targets for Edelman.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: WR MICHAEL CRABTREE
Who else does Joe Flacco have to throw to? Especially in the end zone? The rest of the receiving corps is made up of deep threats. Down near the goal line, Flacco will be looking at his best route-runner. That’s Crabtree.
CINCINNATI BENGALS: TE TYLER EIFERT
Just make sure you have a reliable starter if you’re going to take a chance on Eifert, who can’t seem to stay healthy. But when he is healthy, Eifert is an elite fantasy tight end. Use a late-round pick on him and hope for the best. At worst, you’ll have to pick up a backup tight end during the season.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: RB CARLOS HYDE
Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson will threaten to take snaps away from Hyde, but he is far and away the best pure runner on the team. He’ll also get all the goal line carries.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: WR JAMES WASHINGTON
Martavis Bryant is gone, which means Washington will be able to walk into the lineup as the team’s go-to deep threat. Ben Roethlisberger will give the rookie one or two deep targets per game. If he can do something with them, he’ll be a poor man’s Tyreek Hill.
HOUSTON TEXANS: RB D’ONTA FOREMAN
Foreman will have to leapfrog Lamar Miller on the Texans depth chart if he’s going to be a factor in fantasy football this season. But there’s no reason why that shouldn’t happen. He’s the younger, cheaper player. He’s also the faster and more powerful runner.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: WR KEELAN COLE
An undrafted free agent, Cole carved out a prominent role in the Jaguars passing game after injuries took their toll on the depth chart. He didn’t put up crazy numbers but he did flash plenty of big-play potential when Blake Bortles was able to get him the ball. With the Allens Hurns and Robinson gone, Cole figures to get his fair share of targets once again.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK
Can we consider a quarterback as hyped as Luck has been throughout his career a sleeper? It certainly seems like it with how low Luck is going in drafts. According to Fantasy Pros, 10 quarterbacks are being taken ahead of Luck on average. That’s too low. The Colts figure to be behind in a lot of games, so Luck with throw the ball a ton, which means a lot of fantasy points.
TENNESSEE TITANS: WR COREY DAVIS
The Titans offense could be looking at a Rams-like boost after Mike Mularkey was wisely let go in the offseason. Not only will that help Marcus Mariota reach his potential but it should lead to more opportunities for receivers. Davis is the most talented receiver on the roster and figures to be the leader in targets in his second season.
DENVER BRONCOS: WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS
Thomas currently sports an average draft position of 20th among receivers, per Fantasy Pros. That’s too low for a player who managed nearly 1,000 receiving yards and found the end zone five times despite playing with an underwhelming cast of quarterbacks. Denver’s QB situation figures to improve with Case Keenum in town. If Thomas is your WR3, you’ll be in fine shape this fantasy season.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: QB PATRICK MAHOMES
Mahomes is getting plenty of hype, but not necessarily in fantasy circles. We saw what Alex Smith did in this offense a year ago, and Mahomes might have more talent around him. Throw in Andy Reid calling plays, and there’s no reason why the second-year quarterback can’t put up a top-10 fantasy season.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: WR MIKE WILLIAMS
With Antonio Gates gone and Hunter Henry out injured, someone needs to take over as the team’s top red zone target. Why not Williams, who played a similar role at Clemson before his rookie season was all but wiped away by injury?
OAKLAND RAIDERS: WR AMARI COOPER
Cooper is coming off his worst season as a pro, which has tanked his fantasy stock. But it was a bad season for the Raiders offense all around, and Cooper was apparently playing hurt. With Crabtree in Baltimore, Cooper is now the main guy in that passing game.