We continue our ongoing series of answering your dynasty questions. Today we cover the deep sleepers. Jeff asks,
I’m in a deep dynasty league (40 player rosters X 12 teams) and have the opportunity to pick up some of the leftovers from the waiver wire. Our wire currently includes guys like Juwan Thompson, Jeff Janis, Damien Williams (the RB, not the WR), Kevin Ogletree and a handful of other really deep sleeper types. If you had to pick two from the list above, who would it be? And would you recommend any other super deep guys?
With rosters that big, you have to go dumpster diving. However, occasionally you’ll find some gold down there. From the group you mentioned above, I’d go Juwan Thompson and Jeff Janis.
My favorite of the group would be Janis. He’s 6′ 3″ (yes, size matters as explained by this very good article about receivers and height), on a very good, pass-happy offense that has stability, and is a rookie. I’d keep Janis with an eye on 2015.
Juwan Thompson is part of the merry-go-round known as the Broncos running back corps. There never seems to be certainty in Denver which means anyone could be called on at anytime including Thompson. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson are JAG’s. Thompson can already pass protect and play special teams, where he’ll probably spend most of his time.
Another sleeper I’d consider is Brandon Williams, tight end from Carolina. He’s 6′ 3″ with a 4.5 40-time and earned high marks in the run game this pre-season. As Greg Olsen can attest, Carolina uses their tight ends more than most and Williams has only Ed Dickson ahead of him on the depth chart.
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We roll on with your dynasty fantasy football questions answered. Ryan asks:
I am in a keeper “by round drafted” league and need to keep 2 of the guys listed. I think I have some great options. I’ve got it listed in order of how I am leaning now, but I could justify picking several of these guys. Help!
Alshon Jeffrey – 10th
Jimmy Graham – 3rd
Eddie Lacy – 3rd
Keenan Allen – undrafted
Dez Bryant – 2nd
Andrew Luck – 5th
That’s quite the roster you accumulated and hope you went far last year! As for this year, you have to look at the value you’re getting. First, I would keep Jimmy Graham if it means giving up ‘only’ a third rounder. If you check out his average ADP, Graham is going in the first round in most drafts. Only giving up a third is a value and gives you an elite option at tight end.
The second option is a little trickier. For me, it’s between Alshon Jeffery and a 10th and Keenan Allen, who was undrafted. His 89/1,421/7 line was incredible and should continue in the same offense as last year. Allen had a very good season with 71/1,046/8 but is not in the same offense as Jeffery. Both provide good value with later picks but I give the edge to Jeffery.
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Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles is playing better than expected and will see more first-team reps in practice and games. It’s a gift and curse as many dynasty leaguers picked Bortles with the intent on putting him on a taxi squad. His strong play may change that.
Finally, some faith in Cardinals running back Andre Ellington as he’s expected to get 20 rushes a game. We’re not as high on Ellington as others since he’s already 25 but he should be a low-end RB1 for a year or two.
In a bit of a surprise, the Texans released backup running back Andre Brown. That leaves Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue to battle it out with the newly signed Ronnie Brown to be the first off the bench when (not if) Arian Foster gets hurt.