Some of them are tossing and turning, some are almost wide awake, and others remain in depth chart-induced comas. What they all have in common is that they're getting undervalued in fantasy football drafts and you can do your team a solid by earmarking them for your squad. Of course everyone's league settings vary a bit so I'll use average draft position (ADP) per FantasyPros as a measuring stick. Everyone loves a bargain, so let's dig in.
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Arizona Cardinals -- John Brown (WR)
So many mouths, how will Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians feed them all?! By throwing the deep ball early and often. Last year, Palmer led the league with 8.7 yards per pass attempt (next was Andy Dalton at 8.42). Arizona frequently uses three and four-wide receiver sets, meaning the Cards’ third option, speed demon John Brown, should continue to get ample targets (101 last year) and turn them into a lot of yards (1,003 with 15.4 yards per catch).
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Atlanta Falcons -- Tevin Coleman (RB)
The speedy Coleman is not in full-blown nap mode on the sleeper spectrum but he’s got a higher ceiling than most of the lower-tier running backs. The Falcons have expressed a desire to use a committee approach and not overburden Devonta Freeman. Coleman, who averaged 4.5 carries on 87 rushes last year, should see an uptick in carries and receptions (assuming he’s cured that fumble-itis).
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Baltimore Ravens -- Kamar Aiken (WR)
All the injuries that ravaged the Ravens in 2015 gave Aiken a shot last season and he seized the opportunity with 75 catches for 944 yards. As former first-round pick Breshad Perriman works back into the fold after missing all of 2015 with a knee injury, and as Steve Smith Sr. returns from an Achilles tear, the 6-foot-2 Aiken might be the team’s best fantasy bet in the passing game. Only he’s not getting drafted like it at about 142 ADP when he’s probably worth around 20 slots higher.
Buffalo Bills -- Mike Gillislee (RB)
Now that the Bills sent Karlos Williams packing (overweight, substance-abuse suspension), someone is going to need to spell LeSean McCoy in what was actually the league’s best rushing attack in 2015 (2,432 yards, 4.8 average, thanks in part to Tyrod Taylor). The carries could go to Reggie Bush but it's 25-year-old Mike Gillislee who Rex Ryan recently called "probably the No. 2 back right now." Probably doesn’t pay the bills but he’s worth a late-round shot after averaging 5.7 yards per tote on 47 carries in 2015.
Carolina Panthers -- Ted Ginn (WR)
Carolina’s offensive personnel has hardly changed since last season, the major addition being the return of No. 1 wideout Kelvin Benjamin from an ACL tear. So, no real surprises here. That said, you want an inconsistent, boom-or-bust, gadget play deep-threat option? Of course! That’s Ted Ginn. And while he might take a back seat to Devin Funchess, I’d rather have Ginn and his boom potential than Washington’s Pierre Garcon, who’s getting drafted at a nearby spot.
Chicago Bears -- Jordan Howard (RB)
The Bears must figure out how to allocate carries in the post-Matt Forte era. Jeremy Langford made a few plays for the highlight reel last season but averaged only 3.6 yards per carry on 148 attempts. If Langford proves ineffective, Howard, a 2016 fifth-round pick out of Indiana and a bruiser at 6 feet and 222 pounds, could push for regular carries and perhaps run away with the lead role.
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Cincinnati Bengals -- Gio Bernard (RB)
OK, he's more of a post-post-hype undervalued sleeper at this point after he got drafted highly in 2014 following a 56-reception rookie campaign. With Mohamed Sanu in Atlanta now and Tyler Eifert due to miss some time with an ankle injury, it’s likely that Cincy leans on its powerful offensive line and the Jeremy Hill-Gio Bernard combo. Bernard amassed 1,202 total yards in 2015 and makes a very solid RB2, especially in PPR (or 0.5) leagues.
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Cleveland Browns -- Isaiah Crowell (RB)
While Duke Johnson is listed second on the depth chart and posted some impressive receiving numbers as a rookie (61 receptions), there’s a good chance that head coach Hue Jackson feeds the crow -- Isaiah Crowell -- early and often. The Browns’ offensive line is less than spectacular but in the age of running back committees, carries are currency and Crowell might get about 15 per game. That’s worth more than his 120 ADP.
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Dallas Cowboys -- Terrance Williams (WR)
Yes, the Cowboys probably will rely on a stellar offensive line and first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott this year to try pound opponents into submission, but Tony Romo’s return should help the stock of wideout Terrance Williams. When Romo was healthy in 2014, Williams grabbed eight touchdowns, including five red zone scores. He’s basically a boom-or-bust guy but some weeks you might need that, and you could do much worse at WR3.
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Denver Broncos -- Devontae Booker (RB)
With the defending Super Bowl champs starting… somebody very inexperienced at quarterback, Gary Kubiak is going to make this offense pretty heavily run-oriented. 2015 fantasy darling C.J. Anderson will gobble up most of the work but Booker appears to have surpassed Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart and should be drafted as Anderson’s handcuff with some upside.
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Detroit Lions -- Zach Zenner (RB)
We’re going a bit deeper here into Jim Bob Cooter’s offense -- beyond Marvin Jones and Theo Riddick. The Lions are shaping up to use a running back committee and the 5-foot-11, 222-pound Zach Zenner is a decent bet (in the very late rounds) to become a short-yardage, goal-line touchdown vulture. The second-year man is also a capable receiver and could do well behind Detroit’s improving offensive line.
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Green Bay Packers -- Jared Abbrederis (WR)
Last season Davante Adams was the sleeper-ish pick expected to break out, but he struggled to get open and dropped too many balls when he did. There’s a lot of mouths to feed in Green Bay but now that Jeff Janis is out of the picture (broken hand), Abbrederis, a solid route runner, is worth snatching at the end of a draft for the (decent) chance he can secure the No. 3 wideout role.
Houston Texans -- Braxton Miller (WR)
After DeAndre Hopkins served as the Texans’ first, second and third offensive weapon last season, Houston looks to be in better shape with top pick Will Fuller, converted quarterback Braxton Miller preparing for a slot role, and fellow wideout Jaelen Strong challenging for time after dropping about 35 pounds in the offseason. But Miller is the most intriguing and appears to have seized the starting gig from incumbent Cecil Shorts. He’s a pretty great late-round flier, particularly in dynasty leagues.
Indianapolis Colts -- Dwayne Allen (TE)
The Colts threw down the megabucks for Andrew Luck and spent four draft picks on offensive linemen so he can actually get some protection. That also means that Dwayne Allen can do less blocking and more route running this year. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder has proved a nice goal line threat, converting nine red-zone targets in 2014 for five touchdowns. He’s not quite getting drafted as a starting tight end but he’s got top-ten potential.
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Jacksonville Jaguars -- D/ST
The Jaguars brought in former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach for his defensive prowess and now he just might have the personnel to make it effective. The Jags seriously upgraded their secondary with No. 5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey at cornerback and by signing free safety Tashaun Gipson. Add that to Malik Jackson at defensive tackle, Myles Jack at outside linebacker, the return of defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (knee) and tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (triceps), and the Jags truly could have be a starting-caliber fantasy defense for the first time in a long time. Roar!
Kansas City Chiefs -- Spencer Ware (RB)
In a game of “Let’s draft a productive handcuff,” in Kansas City that guy appears to be Spencer Ware (behind Jamaal Charles). Ware signed a two-year extension in March after turning 72 carries into 403 yards last year (5.6 average). With Charles’ injury history, it’d be wise to grab Ware a bit higher than his current 193 ADP.
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Los Angeles Rams -- Tyler Higbee (TE)
In what will be a year of growing pains for No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff, he’s going to need a security blanket. With tight end Jared Cook now in Green Bay, 2016 fourth-round pick Tyler Higbee will have a shot to post meaningful numbers. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Higbee’s Rams teammates are calling him “Little Baby Gronk.” Baby-sized Gronk numbers would still be a nice haul for an end-of-draft selection.
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Miami Dolphins -- DeVante Parker (WR)
The Fins got then-rookie Parker going after Thanksgiving last year and he showed his first-round promise with 22 catches for 445 yards (a whopping 20.2 average). He’s big and fast and now that he’s got some seasoning, could become a major vertical threat for Ryan Tannehill while Jarvis Landry does work in the slot. Parker isn’t getting ignored in drafts (ADP about 70) but he warrants consideration even earlier.
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Minnesota Vikings -- Jerick McKinnon (RB)
If you own Adrian Peterson, you really ought to have the 24-year-old McKinnon, too. In a backup role last season, McKinnon averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 52 attempts and added 21 catches for 172 yards. He also tallied 17 broken tackles in just 73 touches, per Football Outsiders. That’s a lot. McKinnon is worth a healthy click more than his 180 ADP and $2 average auction price (especially if you have AP!).
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New England Patriots -- Martellus Bennett (TE)
When Aaron Hernandez was still in the NFL in 2011 and not an inmate, he and Gronk both put up TE1-caliber numbers with Hernandez posting 79 catches for 910 yards and 7 touchdowns. Bennett is a real big red-zone target (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) and a decent bet to approach double-digit scores, yet he’s getting drafted after Julius Thomas and Gary Barnidge.
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New Orleans Saints -- Michael Thomas (WR)
Rookie wideout Michael Thomas has been turning heads during camp and the preseason with one-handed and over-the-shoulder grabs. Even head coach Sean Payton is pushing the hype, saying that he would draft Thomas in fantasy. That’s a nice endorsement but certainly not a guarantee in New Orleans where Drew Brees will spread the ball around. That said, take Payton’s advice.
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New York Giants -- Sterling Shepard (WR)
He’s not much of a secret anymore but the Oklahoma product has gotten rave reviews at camp and could see a ton of targets as the slot man in the Giants’ passing game. The 5-foot-10, 194-pounder is a crisp route runner and opposing secondaries will certainly have their hands full with Odell Beckham Jr. Shepard isn’t not going for cheap in drafts now but 80 catches, 1,000 yards and six touchdowns is an attainable line for the rookie.
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New York Jets -- Bilal Powell (RB)
Matt Forte will be the top dog but there’s a lot of mileage on those tires and so the Jets will give ample opportunities to Bilal Powell. The 27-year-old proved especially capable in the passing game last season with 47 catches on 63 targets as rotation-mate Chris Ivory got the feature work. Powell, who’s a better bet in a PPR league, might even see an uptick in usage this season.
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Oakland Raiders -- DeAndre Washington (RB)
Maurice Jones-Drew sized rookie DeAndre Washington -- he’s 5-foot-8, 204 pound -- has taken a hold of the backup job to Latavius Murray. Washington is an adept receiver and might earn an RB2-level workload or more behind a solid Raiders offensive line. That’s potentially a real good haul for a guy getting drafted as roughly the 50th running back overall.
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Philadelphia Eagles -- Darren Sproles (RB)
Word from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman is that new Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is looking to feature 33-year-old speedster Darren Sproles in the passing game. Probably because Philly’s receiving corps are pretty severely lacking but that’s not your problem. Sproles has smooth hands and once flourished as a receiver out of the backfield in New Orleans with two 100-plus target and three 70-plus reception seasons. If you’re in a PPR or 0.5 PPR league, that adds up real nicely.
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Pittsburgh Steelers -- Sammie Coates (WR)
Two fumbles in the Steelers’ preseason opener will not endear him to anyone but Pittsburgh is going to give the 2015 third-round pick opportunities now that Martavis Bryant is serving a year-long suspension. Starting opposite Antonio Brown would be a real plum spot for the athletic wideout.
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San Diego Chargers -- Travis Benjamin (WR)
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has said that free agent acquisition Travis Benjamin is faster than anybody he’s ever thrown to. Rivers has been around a while. The former Brown, Benjamin, has some serious deep-play ability and now a quarterback who should be able to help him capitalize more often.
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San Francisco 49ers -- Bruce Ellington (WR)
With San Francisco’s bottom-ranked run-blocking offensive line last season (per Football Outsiders, though fortunately Anthony Davis has returned), I don’t want any part of the 49ers rushing attack. Facing the league’s toughest schedule, they’ll probably spend a lot of time playing catch-up, which should spell a ton of targets and catches for speedy third-year slot receiver Bruce Ellington.
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Seattle Seahawks -- Tyler Lockett (WR)
Cat’s out of the bag on All-Pro special teamer Tyler Lockett but while owners will be more focused on (Angry) Doug Baldwin after his touchdown torrent last season, Lockett showed big potential as a receiver too (51 receptions, 664 yards, 6 TDs). In the post-Beast Mode era, Seattle may lean on its passing attack more, which bodes well for Seattle’s No. 2 wideout.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Charles Sims (RB)
Head coach Dirk Koetter said in February that Sims “could be an every-down back if need be.” Even playing second fiddle to Doug Martin last year, the 6-foot, 214-pound Sims amassed 51 receptions on 70 targets for 561 yards and four scores. Together with 529 rushing yards (4.9 per carry), he actually cracked the top 20 for fantasy points in most formats. Sims is getting under-drafted. Get him.
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Tennessee Titans -- Derrick Henry (RB)
The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner is second on the depth chart to DeMarco Murray but he should get plenty of carries in what will be a run-heavy offense. Recently, head coach Mike Mularkey said that the Titans will find ways to get Henry on the field. As Murray learned in Philly, a big salary doesn’t guarantee touches. Why draft Murray when you can get Henry’s 12-15 touches/targets or more per game about 50-60 picks later?
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Washington Redskins -- Josh Doctson (WR)
Running back Matt Jones has generated a lot of preseason sleeper chatter but that might be based more on circumstance (the Redskins have an inexperienced backfield) than talent. As for major talent in Washington’s huddle, look at first-round pick Josh Doctson. He’s big (6-foot-2) and fast (4.5 forty-yard dash) and might not shine until October as he recovers from an Achilles injury, but he’s got an ADP of about 165 and a dollar menu auction price. He’s a good bet to Super Size your numbers later in the season.