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2021 Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper Team: Deep-League Targets, Undervalued Players In Rankings

Written By Jackson Sparks

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Finding sleepers in fantasy football drafts is top of everyone’s mind on draft day, but most sleeper lists feature many of the same names. However, diving deeper for lotto tickets who likely won’t even be selected in redraft leagues is another key to success, especially if you play in especially deep leagues (oversized rosters, 14 or 16 teams). In deep leagues, you’ll have no choice but to keep a keen eye on these under-the-radar players who might not even be in the rankings on your cheat sheet. Targeting these undervalued assets is smart if you’re trying to get the absolute most bang for your buck. 

This bring us to our 2021 Deep Sleeper Team. Below, we’ll highlight potentially worthwhile lotto tickets at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. If you find yourself with holes at any of these spots after your fantasy draft concludes, this list will be especially important to you. Add them to your watchlists and see if they’re getting opportunities early. Some of these guys might be inactive in Week 1; others might not get off the bench. That’s OK. It’s a long season, and if you’re a deep league, hundreds of players will be cycled on and off rosters all year. You might as well start the revolving door early with your last one or two roster spots.

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2021 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

Quarterback

Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos

Depending on the size of your league, Bridgewater will probably not even be selected in your drafts (unless it’s a deep superflex/two-QB league). However, he has a realistic path to be Denver’s starter early in the year. Drew Lock will have a short leash this year, and Bridgewater has shown capable to at least run an offense that resembles efficiency. Via Playerprofiler.com, Bridgewater ranked No. 1 at the position in accuracy rating last year. With all the weapons in the Mile High City, the Broncos may opt to turn the keys over to Bridgewater to simply facilitate the ball. In 2020, Bridgewater finished 19th among quarterbacks in total fantasy points. Of course, that isn’t flashy, but at his current cost, he’s worth a stash in deep leagues.

Honorable Mention: Taylor Heinicke, Washington

2021 PPR FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

Running Backs

Elijah Mitchell, 49ers

The 49ers have been notorious for their ‘running back by committee’ approach, and Mitchell could greatly benefit. He rushed for 3,267 yards and 41 touchdowns during his college career at Louisiana Lafayette. In the 49ers backfield, it seemingly just takes a good week of practice or a flip of the coin to be rewarded with a respectable number of carries.

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