A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. This article specifically targets deep sleeper value (players that can be found very late in a fantasy draft). In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look deeper than the top 150 players and identify players that should significantly outperform their late draft position. These players should be your targets after the 12th round of your draft.
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Player Receiving 13 Votes
Ryan Fitzpatrick, NY Jets
Sigmund Bloom: It's hard to see what changed for this borderline 2015 QB1 that has knocked him down to low QB2 status in drafts. He actually gained a great pass catching running back (Matt Forte), and Fitzpatrick still has one of the best wide receiver duos in the league to go with an offensive coordinator that tends to get the best out of his players (Chan Gailey). Fitzpatrick fits well as a matchup QBBC QB.
Jeff Haseley: Ryan Fitzpatrick may not have a rocket arm, but he's learned how to be an effective quarterback, especially with the Jets and their dominant receiving corps, led by Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Both Marshall and Decker combined for 26 touchdowns last year. All but one came from Fitzpatrick. Other, less productive quarterbacks are being selected before him and I'm not sure why? Perhaps people are afraid of his age? But he's only turning 34 this season. One man's loss is your gain. Plus the Jets have a favorable bye (Week 11) that they share with only three other teams (PIT, DEN, ATL) Don't shy away from Fitzpatrick as your QB2 this season.
Ryan Hester: I wrote the following during the previous installment of this series: “It's likely that this ADP is reflective of the fact that Fitzpatrick isn't actually employed right now. Even if he signs with the Jets and his ADP rises by a few places inside his position, he's still a good value play if he no longer qualifies as a deep sleeper. Last season, Fitzpatrick emerged into a plug-and-play every-week top-12 quarterback for a significant stretch of the season.” Despite his signing, Fitzpatrick is still being drafted as QB22 right now. His situation differs from 2015 only in the addition of Matt Forte for Chris Ivory and the return of tight end Jace Amaro from injury. When selecting a quarterback this late, “stream-ability” and top-12 upside should be the chief criteria for decision-making. Even if he doesn’t finish a top-12 quarterback for the whole season, he’ll have weeks inside that range.