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.
Player Receiving 4 Votes
Austin Ekeler, LA Chargers
Dan Hindery: Through the first 13 weeks last season (when he broke his hand), Ekeler was the RB36 in PPR leagues. There is no reason he cannot approximate the same level of fantasy production while again backing up Melvin Gordon III in 2018. Ekeler provides a solid flex week option who can put up RB4. However, what makes Ekeler especially appealing is that in addition to being useful even if he remains a backup, he is a potential league-winner should Gordon get hurt. Ekeler’s explosiveness and pass-catching ability in the Chargers productive offense would profile as a fantasy RB1 in any games Gordon was to miss.
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