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Deep Sleepers: Tight Ends - Footballguys

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 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, Pittsburgh

Alexander: McDonald is a former second-round pick, who has never lacked the size, athleticism, and run-after-the-catch ability to create mismatches out of the slot. We caught glimpses of his talent in spurts with the 49ers in 2015 and 2016, and again late last year, after he had a chance to acclimate to the Steelers offense following a preseason trade. Our last memory of McDonald is a 16-10-112-0 receiving line in the 2017 Divisional Round against Jacksonville, which wets the whistle for what he can accomplish in a seam-stretching role while defenses focus on Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, and LeVeon Bell in the passing game. Jesse James stands in the way of a top-end finish, but McDonald is capable of low-end TE1 numbers on only 50-60% of the Steelers offensive snaps.

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