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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Kamar Aiken, Baltimore
Bloom: Once Aiken became a solid part of the passing offense in Week 4, he was a solid WR3. The Ravens brought him back as a restricted free agent this year. Two of the other top three wideouts in their offense have big offseason injury recovery questions (Steve Smith - achilles and Breshad Perriman - ACL), and the other is Mike Wallace. Aiken falling out of the first 12 rounds in typical early drafts presents a great buying opportunity.
Haseley: How Kamar Aiken is still a forgotten man is beyond my comprehension. The injury and uncertainty to Breshad Perriman has elevated my interest in Aiken even more than it was prior. The elder Steve Smith is a warrior, but he's returning from a torn Achilles, that arguably is more difficult to come back from at full strength, than an ACL injury. Plus that's not even accounting Smith's age. I don't think Smith is going to bust this season, but I doubt he'll be in the same form we have been accustomed to seeing from him. This brings me back to Aiken, who had 11 games of five receptions or more last year. I don't see that chemistry on offense going away. Mike Wallace may be the factor behind Aiken's low ADP of WR60, 164 overall. I could be wrong on Wallace, but I don't see him making a splash with Baltimore. We've seen mediocrity from him in Miami and Minnesota. Why would the result be different in Baltimore? The player who will make the big splash is Aiken. I'm targeting him later in drafts whenever I can.