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Deep Sleepers: Tight Ends

The Footballguys staff digs deep for sleepers at tight end

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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Vance McDonald, San Franciso

Phil Alexander: A strong preseason has finally given McDonald's ADP a slight bump, but he still offers significant profit potential as a 13th round pick. McDonald's big preseason comes on the heels of an eight-game stretch in which he led the 49ers in red zone targets and touchdowns after Blaine Gabbert took over at quarterback last season. Because McDonald was largely considered a bust prior to last year's stretch run, it's easy to forget he's a former second-round draft pick who has nearly unrivaled athletic ability for his size. Between Chip Kelly's fast-paced scheme, the 49ers sub-par defense, and a largely unproven wide receiver depth chart, there are plenty of reasons to expect the 49ers to pass enough for McDonald to maintain at least the TE15 pace he finished last season on, with the upside for more.

Sigmund Bloom: The 49ers are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this year, but under Chip Kelly they are likely to be among the league leaders in offensive snaps. That equals a big opportunity for McDonald, who was one of presumptive starter Blaine Gabbert's favorite targets last year. McDonald could share snaps with Garrett Celek, but he'll be the primary receiving tight end. He was a top 10 tight end on a points per game basis from Weeks 11-16 last year. As long as Gabbert wins the quarterback job, put McDonald on your late target list if you neglect tight end early.

Mike Brown: Much like the Torrey Smith situation, McDonald will have value simply by virtue of being the starter on an offense that looks as putrid as San Francisco's. There aren't very many players of high talent on that unit, but at the same time they've got a coach who loves to run a whole lotta plays. With the volume of pass attempts they are likely to make, someone has to benefit. And that someone will be McDonald.