Top 3 Fantasy Sleepers You Should Be Targeting Later In Drafts

  • Rashod Bateman is being drafted as the WR58 but could prove to be a reliable starting option.
  • Michael Carter’s ADP slots him as the RB34 but he has the potential to be an RB1.
  • Taysom Hill is the 24th QB drafted on average but could win the starting job in New Orleans.

BALTIMORE – With the NFL preseason already underway, it’s time to start thinking about fantasy football drafts if players have not already done so. Everybody knows about the top guys in the draft, but who are the athletes in the later rounds that could end up making a big difference on a fantasy team this year?

Rashod Bateman (ADP: 156, WR No. 58)

The Baltimore Ravens spent their first-round pick on Rashod Bateman, a wide receiver out of Minnesota. While Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown are more over-the-middle threats, Bateman brings a good skill set to be a legitimate weapon on the outside that Baltimore has been missing.

Online sportsbooks are projecting a modest season from Bateman, but he wouldn’t be a sleeper if he was expected to have 1200 yards or more on the year.

Rashod Bateman Receiving Yards Totals

  • Over 605.5 -115
  • Under 605.5 -115

The main obstacle for Bateman’s success may be the play calling in Baltimore. The Ravens ran the ball more often than any other NFL team last season with a total of 55.04% of their offensive snaps being rushing plays. However, that could’ve been partially due to their weak receiving corps.

Michael Carter (ADP: 83.3, RB No. 34)

Michael Carter, a rookie for the New York Jets, could be the biggest beneficiary to the gangrene that is the New York Jets organization these days. His competition in the running back realm is Lamical Perine who averaged just 3.6 yards per attempt and Tevin Coleman who is coming off of a variety of knee injuries. Again, NFL betting sites are not expecting much from this rookie sleeper either.

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Michael Carter Rushing Yards Total

  • Over 575.5 -115
  • Under 575.5 -115

The Jets have a first-time head coach and a rookie quarterback, which will likely result in a consistent attempt to establish a running game. Given the lack of quality options in the running back area, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Carter get attempts in early on during the season.

Taysom Hill (ADP 172.7, QB No. 24)

Arguably the biggest wildcard in all of fantasy football, Taysom Hill is currently competing with Jameis Winston for the starting spot under center. Hill started four games in 2020 and averaged 21.57 fantasy points per game in his starts which include a 78-yard passing outing.

If Hill were to win the starting job for the New Orleans Saints, his ability to run the ball instantly puts him up there as a top-tier fantasy QB. Sean Payton refuses to give up on Hill, so it’s safe to say he will be involved in some way, shape, or form. However, even sports betting sites are not sure how to quantify his usage as he has no season totals available.

Regardless, at such a low draft position, he’s worth the investment. If news breaks that he’s lost the job, he’ll be less valuable, but if Winston were to get hurt or benched he’d be the first name on everybody’s waiver watchlist.