5 Post-Hype Sleepers To Target In Fantasy Football Drafts


Some of you may be asking yourself what a post-hype sleeper is. A post-hype sleeper is somebody who was projected as a sleeper in 2016 and did not pan out. In 2017, however, this is the proper year they will play well. Post-hype sleepers typically rocket down draft boards because people were disappointed in their previous year. A rule of thumb for me is to always have at least one post-hype sleeper on my squad. This year, there are plenty of post-hype sleepers who are going way lower in 2017 than 2016.

Lamar Miller (2.12/25/RB13) - Last year, it seemed like the entire world thought that Lamar Miller had elite talent. He finished the year going at 1.08. And yes, he disappointed. He finished the year as RB17. Towards the end of the year, he was strangely shut down for the regular season with a shoulder injury. He only played 14 games. Had he played the full year, Miller would've finished with about 1,441 yards and 7 touchdowns. Had he put up those numbers, Miller would have had about 186 fantasy points, good enough for the difference between an RB2 and an RB1 season. Miller never really had huge weeks, scoring over 18 points just twice in 14 games. As pointed out on The Fantasy Footballers podcast, Miller was an RB1 or RB2 in over 65% of his games. There's something to be said about consistency like that. I'd be ecstatic about having Lamar Miller as my RB2. 

Duke Johnson (9.02/101/RB39) - This is Johnson's PPR ADP, mainly because that's the only format I'm targeting him in. Last year, the Johnson hype was real, as he crept into the top 70 picks. This year, Johnson is starting to see work in the slot, and Hue Jackson wants to use him in anyway possible. Over the past 2 years, Johnson has seen over 120 receptions. The running back position obviously wasn't working for him as he sat behind Isaiah Crowell. Johnson was a top 30 back last year, and he could potentially be a lesser version of Christian McCaffrey or Danny Woodhead.

Kelvin Benjamin (5.10/60/WR26) - Last year, Benjamin was projected to have a HUGE year coming off an ACL injury, coming off the board in the early 4th round in standard leagues. Maybe Kelvin was not completely healthy, because he did not have a very good year. Outside of a hot start to the season, Benjamin was inconsistent and not reliable for the most part. Coming into 2017, Benjamin has gained weight and apparently looks great during training camp. He certainly looked good in his first preseason game catching that monstrous touchdown early. Much like Jimmy Graham last year, Benjamin could be the guy who shows out and leaves everybody wondering why he was going so low. 

Allen Robinson (4.08/46/WR20) - Allen Robinson was already going pretty low, and has tumbled down the 4th round in the past month. Currently, he's going near Davante Adams and Martavis Bryant. A guy with Robinson's talent and target total should not be going there. Obviously drafting him in the first round last year was a mistake and a bit premature. He had the stats to back it up, but so much of this was during garbage time. Blake Bortles improved over the offseason, which means Robinson would probably be closer to 90 receptions if he saw 150 targets again (he probably will not). Regardless, Robinson played well when Gus Bradley was gone, and he can only go up after being the WR31 of last year.

John Brown (9.06/106/WR42) - What an unfortunate year the 2016 season was for John Brown. After being hyped up in the offseason, Brown unfortunately had to deal with sickle cell disease. Brown is really fast and runs routes well. For reference, Brown was a 1,000+ yard receiver in 2015. He won't see a lot of catches, but his breakaway speed puts him near the top of Y/R charts. With Larry Fitzgerald on the way out, Brown has the opportunity to be the WR1 in Arizona. Locked and loaded with a plan to manage his sickle cell disease, Brown is a great pick in 2017.

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