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A big part of a successful draft is finding players after Round 10 who will surprise. The quest for deep sleepers is one all fantasy players undertake. We asked our staffers for help finding them. To focus our search, we will go through each division. Today, the NFC West.
And to clarify, by Deep Sleeper, we are talking about players who generally not drafted in the first 10 rounds.
With Edmonds in Arizona, Kenyan Drake is entering his age-26 season and has never been a dependable starter for a full season, even dating back through his Alabama career. The expectations are sky-high in 2020 for Drake, but Edmonds is still very affordable as a hedge that something, anything, goes awry with Drake fulfilling expectations.
For Aiyuk in San Francisco, Deebo Samuel is a variable on when he will be ready to go. While not a high probability, the PUP list or missing a few games to start the season is not out of the range of probabilities. Aiyuk would have a clear run of wide receiver targets if Samuel is out at any point, but a tempered ceiled if Samuel is active.
Olsen is one of my favorite deep sleepers regardless of position. Will Dissly is coming off his second consecutive season shortened by significant injury and Olsen still has TE1 production left in him, especially with Russell Wilson. I expect Olsen to be the Week 1 starter and possibly run with the job as Dissly is eased back into snaps. By then, Olsen may be entrenched and tough to unseat for a likely Seattle contender.
Edmonds is the clear answer for me here as well. The combination of his electric skills and high-end offense makes him an RB1 candidate any week Kenyan Drake is out. Carlos Hyde is another player with the potential to return starter value in multiple weeks. Rashad Penny had a late-season ACL tear and will likely begin this season on the PUP list. And Chris Carson is returning from a hip injury. If Carson isn't ready for Week 1, the backfield is likely Hyde's all to himself. And any Carson re-injury would create a similar situation.
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