A key component of any successful fantasy football team is the utilization of late round picks that not everyone may take seriously. If a 12th round pick can be as productive as someone taken in a early round, then you are set up for success. For my rankings, a sleeper must be outside of the top 150, as far as average draft position (ADP), per FantasyPros.com.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys
McFadden could possibly see a career resurgence due to Ezekiel Elliot’s six game suspension. Although the talented back always under performed while in Oakland, he is set up for success in Dallas. The Cowboy’s offensive line is the undisputed best in the NFL. They open up holes that seem almost impossible to miss. Although McFadden’s value will drop once Zeke comes back, the ADP of 171, and the possibility of a breakout 6 games makes him a great choice if on still on the board in the later rounds.
James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
Conner is another running back that could benefit from the absence of the starter. Although Le’veon Bell does not have a suspension looming, he does seem to miss time each year due to injury. In recent years, the Steelers have not shyed away from giving their backup a chance to shine. Conner is only a rookie, but he has the talent to be a star in the league. His ADP currently stands at 213, but there is tremendous upside with this late round addition.
Jonathan Williams, Buffalo Bills
Williams is lucky to be running behind the Bills offensive line, which led the league in rushing touchdowns last season with 28. He is also lucky because in the previous two seasons the Bills backup running back has scored nine touchdowns each year (Karlos Williams 2015, Mike Gillislee 2016). In addition to backup running backs hounding touchdowns in Buffalo, LeSean McCoy is injury prone. Especially now that McCoy is 29, there is a good chance that he misses some time this season. This all adds up to Williams with his ADP of 164 to be a great value pick.