So you find yourself in a big fantasy football draft that’s 20-30 rounds long. That means you’re employing deep benches, rookie taxi squads, and or super flex leagues with two quarterbacks. That run-of-the-mill cheat sheet will be useless by round 12. If this is the kind of draft you’ll be entrenched in, then you’ll find this useful.
We’ve highlighted a list of deep sleepers that should be there for the picking in rounds 14 and beyond. Or they’ll be free agents, just sitting there, waiting to be picked up. Maybe, just maybe, these names will be relevant by the middle of the season.
Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions
Call it the “Hard Knocks” effect, but it’s hard not to root for a team trying this hard to shake its bad reputation. Goff was traded to Detroit while his counterpart, Matthew Stafford won the Super Bowl. That’s got to sting – a lot! Goff has to play well or else the Lions will start looking towards their next man in the draft. But let’s look at this team.
D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams make for a strong backfield. D.J. Chark is a reclamation project and Amon-Ra St. Brown is leading the way ahead of role players like Quintez Cephus, Khalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds. T.J. Hockenson will be a first or second read. And at some point, maybe Jameson Williams makes an impact, but let’s not count on him yet. Call me crazy, but Goff might be able to do enough to stay relevant.