2021 ALL Sleeper Team

By: Little Italy (Publisher)

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(QB) Joe Burrow

Current ADP (QB13)

My Rank (QB11)

The fact that Burrow is coming off the board in the 13-15 range qualifies him as a sleeper. My rankings have Burrow sitting inside the top 12. I prefer Burrow to both Jalen Hurts and Ryan Tannehill this season. Burrow offers upside as a rusher, though I fully expect to be waiting until mid season for this aspect of his game to start paying off, as he continues to ease that surgically repaired knee back into the game. Two factors have me high on Burrow entering year two, the fact that the defense projects to be a bottom tier defense once again, as well as the “upgraded” o-line. Look the line is still a big question mark, but the off-season additions scream pass pro upgrade compared to run blocking upgrades. The fact the defense is going to be bad means many projected negative game scripts incoming, which usually is accompanied by high passing volume. Passing volume that should be more efficient from his rookie season with Chase replacing a past prime A.J. Green in this offense. The yards will be there, the TD’s will be there, and the fantasy points will be there to make Burrow my favorite QB sleeper entering 2021.

(RB) Michael Carter

Current ADP (RB30)

My Rank (RB25)

The rookie rusher from North Carolina is one of my favorite sleepers at the position entering 2021. We know the Jets are going to deploy a running back by committee with the coaching staff coming from that Shanahan School of thought. Yes, the committee will be irritating at times, but Carter is by far the most talented running back in this projected committee with Tevin Coleman, TY Johnson, and a little La’ Mical Perine. Carter has already seen the most first team reps, this off-season out of all the backs mentioned, which bodes well for an early fantasy impact. Carter is a home run hitter, who can break a play wide open whether it is a rushing play or a passing play. Many are sleeping on this rushing attack and they shouldn’t be, as the Jets have arguably one of the best-projected run blocking offensive lines entering 2021. All these factors add up to Carter having that RB2 upside in 2021, making him my favorite sleeper at the position.

(RB) James White

Current ADP (RB52)

My Rank (RB46)

After a quiet 2020, I fully expect James White to re-emerge as this team’s primary hurry up/third down back. Rex Burkhead is now a Texan, which leaves White ahead of only deep sleeper JJ Taylor for this role in the offense. White is more of a PPR sleeper, as his early down rushing work will be nonexistent as Damien Harris figures to dominate that work. White can be considered a sleeper whether it is Cam under center or the rookie Mac Jones, but he stands a better shot at more fantasy production with the rookie slinging the ball. I have many shares of White in best ball already and will look to add some shares in redraft leagues as well.

(WR) Jerry Jeudy

Current ADP (WR27)

My Rank (WR20)

One of my favorite second year breakout wide receivers is also one of my favorite sleepers at the position. Denver’s soon to be superstar Jerry Jeudy is being drafted outside of the WR2 range which qualifies him as a sleeper in my eyes, as I currently have him projected and ranked as my WR20 entering 2021. Look, I get the concerns with Jeudy, questions at quarterback coupled with the drops, which were totally his fault in 2020, but I project improvements in both those areas. Jeudy, despite these issues last year, still flashed WR1 talent. Jeudy was unstoppable and hard to cover for defenders thanks to his elite route running. That route running has carried over to this pre-season as well, as he has gotten open consistently and flashed that quick run after catch game breaking speed. Whether Teddy is under center or Lock, I fully expect Jeudy to outperform not only his current ADP but also fellow teammate Courtland Sutton as well on his way to a solid WR2 year as a top 20 receiver for fantasy.

(WR) Corey Davis

Current ADP (WR49)

My Rank (WR40)

This current ADP of WR49 is just way too low for a guy who should dominate the air yards in this revamped Jets offense. Jamison Crowder will be the volume receiver out of the slot, while rookie Elijah Moore spells him inside as well as playing outside opposite Davis. Moore is my favorite dynasty target in this passing attack, but for 2021 I would much rather take a shot on the guy who will be targeted the most downfield, and that guy will be Davis. Davis has been lighting up the pre-season and that continued in his latest outing against the Packers where he was heavily targeted and secured four balls for seventy yards, a very healthy 17.5 yards per reception. You add in the fact that the Jets lack a true threat at TE, sorry Herndon Truthers that dream is dead, I’m all in on Davis and his WR2-WR3 upside this season.

(WR) Darnell Mooney

Current ADP (WR46)

My Rank (WR42)

Seemingly, everybody’s favorite sleeper list has my guy Darnell Mooney named, but how could you not be excited for this second year wide out. Mooney was already a super star in 2020 but the stats weren’t there because he lacked a QB to get him the ball and now he has one in Justin Fields, so get ready for Mooney to shine. Allen Robinson will be the target leader at the position but Mooney will be the teams deep ball/big play receiver, which will bring piles of yards, touchdowns, and fantasy points. Mooney is talented, has a great work ethic, has a great football IQ, and the coaches love him and his skillset. Mooney may be slow out of the gate with Dalton under center, but once Fields takes over so will Mooney. Get him on your roster for 2021.

(FLX) Amon-Ra St. Brown

Current ADP (WR72)

My Rank (WR57)

The rookie from USC has me very excited for 2021. Coming into 2021, St. Brown is a free pick at the end of drafts that will pay off big by seasons end. This Lions offense projects to be very poor in 2021, especially from the WR position, with guys like Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman atop the depth chart. However, if there is one projected bright spot, it has to be St. Brown. The rookie has been by far the best-looking WR in Lions camp all pre-season flashing his superb route running out of the slot, an area of the field where new QB Jared Goff likes to look early and often. Jared Goff has already created a nice relationship with the rookie, sharing tricks and tips that former teammate Cooper Kupp utilizes to dominate from the slot. The only weapons in the passing attack worth owning in 2021 from the Lions is tight end TJ Hockenson and the aforementioned St. Brown, as their target shares will be massive, target shares that will bring with it solid fantasy production for our fantasy teams.

(TE) Jonnu Smith

Current ADP (TE13)

My Rank (TE7)

Jonnu Smith has finally jumped teammate Hunter Henry in ADP after trailing him all off-season long, which was a joke. Look, it is no secret that I am incredibly high on Jonnu and his role in this Patriots offense. Many look to Hunter Henry as a roadblock to consistent weekly fantasy production for Jonnu, I don’t. The fact that this organization prioritized securing Jonnu before Henry is very telling. Jonnu projects to me to be the focal point of this passing attack whether it is Cam under center or Mac Jones. Jonnu is dealing with an ankle sprain now, which will likely keep his ADP in that 13-15 range, which is fine in my eyes. Jonnu only had one grab in the preseason opener against the WFT, but that one grab was all I needed to see to move him ahead of Dallas Goedert, Logan Thomas, and Mike Gesicki in my rankings, all whom were ahead of Jonnu prior. If you are one to wait on TE in drafts the only target outside of the top six of Kelce, Waller, Kittle, Hockenson, Andrews, and Pitts who projects to come close to top six production is the Patriots new TE1.