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2022 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Search for late-round sleepers turns up Jameis Winston, Ronald Jones, more

2022 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Search for late-round sleepers turns up Jameis Winston, Ronald Jones, more

Chris Towers breaks out his early sleepers for the 2022 season

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When you’re talking about sleepers for Fantasy football, you’re inevitably talking about betting on unlikely outcomes. The days when players were obviously undervalued for no good reason are gone – there are too many smart people writing about Fantasy and making rankings for there to be any truly overlooked players anymore. 

But there are still plenty of players taken in the later rounds in Fantasy every year who exceed expectations. As sharp as the industry is, there are always going to be outliers and exceptions, and so that’s what you’re looking for when you’re looking for sleepers. You’re looking for players who are potentially undervalued for one reason or another – typically due to injury concerns or questions about their role on their team or the quality of their offenses.

And those are things that are hard to predict. Injuries are famously nearly impossible to predict, try though we might, while depth charts are constantly in flux, leading to situations where we overreact to Week 1 playing time expectations without taking into account long-term potential changes. 

When I’m looking for sleepers, those are typically the things I’m keeping in mind. Here are my first round of sleepers for the 2022 Fantasy Football season with an ADP below 125 in NFC drafts to date

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