NFL Fantasy Sleepers 2021

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Article written by Dylan McGuire Devine (8/21/21)

QB’S

Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)

As Tua enters this season as Miami’s undisputed QB1, he has potential to put up big numbers this year. Last season Tua completed 64.1% of his passes while throwing for 1,814 yards and 11 passing touchdowns along with three rushing touchdowns. With an improved OL and the addition of a WR like Jaylen Waddle, I am confident he will have a big season. I would even consider taking him as your starting QB for your team if you can snag him in the later rounds.

Cam Newton (New England Patriots)

Yes, I know. Cam looked not so good last season. He rushed for more touchdowns then he had passing touchdowns. But going into his second year as QB in New England, I am confident Newton is going to be a much improved QB. With new weapons around him like Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, and Nelson Agholor he has the potential to be pretty damn good. He also has an improved and healthy OL in front of him which will be crucial. Newton claims he is the healthiest he has ever been and has looked good in the pre season thus far. I wouldn’t necessarily take him as your QB1, but he should end up being a very solid backup QB for your team.

Zach Wilson (New York Jets)

This one is quite the hot take. It has been a very long time since the Jets have had an actual good QB1. I think Wilson changes that. With a WR core of Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, and Jamison Crowder along with a decent OL in front of him he has a real chance at being the Jets first good QB in what feels like forever. His teammates have been complimenting his work and one teammate went to the length of saying he has seen Wilson make some Aaron Rodger like throws. Another solid backup option for your team.

RB’S

Damien Harris (New England Patriots)

This is my biggest sleeper pick. Harris has potential to be a top ten RB in the league in my opinion (stats wise). Harris showed real potential last year and was an animal in college. Last season in the ten games in played he rushed for 743 yards and two touchdowns on just 137 carries. He should be New England’s RB1 this season and will be heavily involved in their offense. There is a catch though. As long as Newton is starting, Harris will likely not be seeing too many goal line carries. This does complicate things a bit, but I do believe Harris is a great option as a flex or backup RB.

Jamaal Williams (Detroit Lions)

Williams was always a good consistent guy in his time in Green Bay but is now playing in Detroit. He will be playing behind D’andre Swift, but with Detroit’s limited options at WR he should be heavily involved on offense. Both rushing and as a pass catcher. He will be a perfect fit at your flex position.

WR’S

Odell Beckham Jr. (Cleveland Browns)

Beckham has struggled to get back to being a consistent top WR since 2018. I think this season is his comeback year. He is slipping into the later rounds and is a great option for your FLEX position or as a backup WR. He’s going to be a guy to watch this season.

Elijah Moore (New York Jets)

Another hot take. There has been a lot of talk around this kid and how good he is going to be. There are people that think he could have a 1,000+ yard season. That is insane. But from what I’ve seen of Moore, he does have real potential to be the number one guy for the Jets. I would take him in the later rounds and keep him on your bench until he really starts to show out. When he does, I would put him at FLEX or WR2.

Jakobi Meyers (New England Patriots)

I know. Meyers isn’t a household name quite yet, but this is going to be a huge season for him. A lot of people have Meyers being behind Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor, but as a Patriots fan I truly see him being WR1 in New England. Last season he was New England’s leading receiver with 59 receptions for 729 yards. He’s going to be even better this season. A perfect sleeper pick.

TE‘S

Mike Gesicki (Miami Dolphins)

With the addition of Jaylen Waddle (WR) and Will Fuller (WR) , I think the Dolphins offense is going to flow much better this season and will be much more efficient. Last season in 15 games Gesicki was targeted 85 times and caught 54 of those passes for 703 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He is being drafted in the later rounds so he definitely will be a good sleeper for you to snag in the later rounds.

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