Among the definitions for “sleeper” at Merriam-Webster is this: “Someone or something unpromising or unnoticed that suddenly attains prominence or value.”

That’s the type of sleeper fantasy football owners fervently search for every summer. The players available later in drafts who go on to have huge statistical seasons.

Everyone talks up early-round picks like Arizona Cardinals tailback David Johnson and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, but those players are expected to excel. It’s the surprise stars that win leagues.


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