21 Deep Sleepers at Wide Receiver

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 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 8 Votes

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay

Phil Alexander: Aaron Rodgers' endorsement of Valdes-Scantling as an every-down player means a lot after reports earlier this off-season the Packers quarterback “didn’t like” the second-year player (RIP Jeff Janis). Valdes-Scantling played more slot snaps in 2018 than any wide receiver currently on Green Bay's roster, but even if Geronimo Allison locks down the slot role, Valdes-Scantling's size, speed, and rookie-year production suggests he can thrive opposite Davante Adams on the perimeter. Rodgers' WR2 historically has an above-average shot at top-24 numbers, making Valdes-Scantling a potential steal at his current ADP.

Jeff Haseley: Marquez Valdes-Scantling has an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and only one player ahead of him for target shares. Valdes-Scantling had at least one reception in all but two games last year and was second on the team in wide receiver snaps last year (his rookie season).

Ryan Hester: It’s rare to find a starting receiver on a team quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers so late in fantasy drafts. Even if Geronimo Allison stays ahead of Valdes-Scantling on the depth chart, Green Bay will employ enough three-receiver sets that the second-year man will still be on the field plenty. Anyone playing more than half of the offensive snaps and seeing targets from Rodgers has my attention.

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