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Deep Sleepers: Wide Receivers

The Footballguys staff digs deep for sleepers at wide receiver

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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Players Receiving 7 Votes

Bruce Ellington, San Francisco

Jeff Haseley: Bruce Ellington has been hampered by an ankle injury which has slowed his progression as a receiver to watch this preseason, but that doesn't mean that the fire is being extinguished. Ellington has many Percy Harvin-like characteristics and he's on Chip Kelly's fast-strike offense. A match made for fantasy? Possibly. The hype could start to get high with Ellington, especially if he performs well in the final preseason games. Draft him in the 14th round or later and stash him until he blossoms.

Ryan Hester: Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense, a team that will be trailing often and compelled to throw, and a quarterback (Blaine Gabbert) more likely to utilize low-risk passes to underneath players is a formula that adds up to plenty of catches and yards for Ellington.

Ari Ingel: At 5'9" 197lbs with 4.45 forty speed, Ellington hasn't done much so far in his NFL career, but he is a plus athlete and has been flashing at OTA's. He's been handling slot duties so far and that is a great position of fantasy value in a Chip Kelly offense, which saw Jordan Matthews (who looked terrible at times) go 85/997/8 last season. He could easily catch 80+ passes in this offense.