10 Fantasy Football Sleepers in 2021
10 Fantasy Football Sleepers in 2021
1. Jakobi Meyers
Meyers is a third year wide receiver who was an UDFA and a former college quarterback. He had a solid rookie season considering he went undrafted with 26 receptions on 41 targets for 359 yards and 0 touchdowns. Last year he finished as the WR53 in PPR formats after being targeted 81 times for 729 yards and 0 touchdowns on 59 receptions. Last year he didn’t start his season until Week 7, and from then to the rest of the season, Meyers was WR22 during that span. He also threw for 2 touchdowns and 43 yards on both attempts. Meyers was clearly Cam Newton’s favorite player, but he could very well become Mac Jones’s. Though Cam loved Jakobi, he vultured a ton of red zone touchdowns. Jonnu Smith will command targets in the red zone, but Meyers will absolutely score touchdowns this year. Meyers has WR2 upside and a WR3 floor. He will see a high volume and will be a steal. Draft him late or trade for him now because it’s the lowest he’ll be valued all season.
2. Quez Watkins
Quez was a speedy sixth round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft who was nearly invisible his rookie season. He caught 7 of 13 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown and ended as the WR147. Watkins may just be a homer pick, but this offseason, he’s been seeing first team reps with DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor. I expect the Eagles to be in the lower half of passing volume in 2021, but Quez’s boom or bust potential is absolutely there. He’s going to be a spot starter if your team is in need, but if he just gets one 75 yard reception and a touchdown, he’ll get 14.5 fantasy points just like that. He won’t have much volume, but he’s a flier worth taking a bet on, especially with Travis Fulgham getting cut.
3. Tyrell Williams
Williams will be the #1 wide receiver in Detroit to start the year but will almost certainly see less targets than T.J. Hockenson and possibly less than Swift. Being on the Lions is a great place to be for fantasy because they will be playing from behind almost every week and will be passing quite a bit. Tyrell will have a WR2 ceiling, but I expect him to be a good flex play as a WR3. His value is pretty low, so go get a weekly starter. The only concern with Williams is his injury history and coming off a torn labrum season ending shoulder injury. He’s also been dealing with a groin injury this offseason. If he gets healthy, he’ll be a great addition to any roster.
4. JaMycal Hasty
Hasty is a second year running back who was in a crazy crowded running back room last year behind Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson and Jerick McKinnon. This year’s room is still crowded with Mostert and Wilson remaining (Wilson is on IR), but they added Trey Sermon. Hasty is currently the RB3 in San Fran. Mostert has had injury concerns last season and already this offseason. I wouldn’t bet on injuries, but in a deep league, JaMycal is worth the flier here.
5. AJ Dillon
Jamaal Williams left for the Lions and Dillon immediately took over that role giving him stand alone value. I think the Packers will have him more involved in the offense that they did Williams. Green Bay has continually shown they won’t give Aaron Jones the workload he deserves. Dillon may be the best backup running back to manage in fantasy because in the case of a Jones injury, he’ll be in the RB1 conversation. He’s a running back I’d be comfortable to have as a RB3 on my roster.
6. Antonio Brown
Joey Wright tweeted about the Tampa Bay wide receivers saying, “Tampa Bay wide receiver targets from Week 9 to Week 17 in 2020: Mike Evans with 63, Antonio Brown with 62 and Chris Godwin with 55. Brown is going 60 picks later than them both in ADP. Brown is/was/will be my most drafted player in 2021.” I couldn’t agree more with Joey here; AB could very likely finish as a WR1 in fantasy, though I do expect him to be a WR2. We’re talking about one of the most dominant wide receivers in the last decade with a lot of that skill set still there. Tom Brady loves him and will continue to pour heavy targets on him.
7. Pat Freiermuth
If Kyle Pitts wasn’t in this draft class, Pat Freiermuth would’ve been talked about a lot more than he was. Only Eric Ebron is in front of him, and Pat is a great blocker which will get him on the field early and often in Pittsburgh. He balled out in the preseason with Big Ben and caught a pair of touchdowns in the game against the Lions. The 22 year old could very well beat out Ebron as the TE1 in the Steelers pass heavy offense. Temper expectation, because tight ends often take a lot of time to develop, but if I can pick him up in the later rounds, he could find himself as a top 10 tight end by the end of the 2021 NFL season.
8. Jalen Guyton
Tyron Johnson was a similar player to Guyton but was cut from the Chargers’ roster. Guyton was already a boom or bust guy to roster, but he is even more so now. Justin Herbert loves to hit him on the deep ball. He’s a low volume guy with big play potential every time the ball is thrown his way. In deep leagues, he’s a guy who I’d love to throw on the end of my bench.
9. Amon Ra-St Brown
Yes, I have two players from the Lions on here, but that’s because they're being undervalued. The Lions cut both Breshad Perriman and Geronimo Allison, clearing a way to more targets and playing time for him. Like I said above, they’ll be behind a lot this year and passing the ball frequently. While Tyrell Williams may start off as the top wideout in Detroit, St Brown could finish the year as the top receiver. I like Amon Ra as a late round flier to take as he’s had a solid showing in the preseason with skills clearly to be worked on like many rookies. If he comes into his own this year, he could very well be a league winning wide receiver.
10. Chuba Hubbard
Hubbard is really the only other running back on the Panthers besides CMC, so the reason I’d pick him up is because he’s a backup with incredibly high upside. He also showed some promise in preseason games. If CMC goes down, Chuba will immediately be thrown into the RB2 conversation. He’s someone I’d take a late round chance on this season.