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Diving deep: Super-late fantasy sleepers on every NFC roster

By Dan Clasgens
Aug 15, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Tyler Higbee #89 of the Los Angeles Rams catches the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of the preseason game on September 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Fantasy drafts are fun at all parts. Sometimes the decisions you face in the first few rounds become stressful. In the mid-rounds, you are often drafting for needs.

It’s the late rounds though, that is where owners have the chance to throw a few darts. If one or two of those darts lands on a bullseye – CHAMPIONSHIP.

We are already offered up a list of sleepers for every AFC team. Below is a look at a “dart” from each of the 16 NFC teams that have the potential to land in the red:

J.J. Nelson, WR

Nelson got a big opportunity a year ago with John Brown dealing with health issues and Michael Floyd’s off-the-field problems, and it produced some mixed results. He only finished with a 51 percent catch rate and had six drops on the season. However, he finished strong with 75 yards or a touchdown in five straight games from Weeks 13-17, including 0.52 PPO in standard (0.54 in PPR), which ranked second- and third-best, respectively, during that span at the position.

Austin Hooper, TE

Over the past two years, only three teams have thrown fewer passes to tight ends than the Falcons, but Atlanta seems to be ready to give Hooper a bigger role in the season ahead. He had 19 receptions for 271 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie and seemed to be coming into his own during the Falcons’ playoff run. With veteran Jacob Tamme out of the picture Hooper’s targets will go up enough to give him a shot at being at top-15 tight end right out of the gate.

Curtis Samuel, WR

The rookie hybrid made a splash at Ohio State as a dual-threat and it remains to be seen how Carolina will utilize him their conservative approach. The Panthers didn’t spend the 40th overall pick on him to let him ride the pine too long. During his three years in Columbus he scored 24 total touchdowns and compiled 2,535 yards from scrimmage. A hamstring injury cost him most of training camp though, and that diminishes his early-season potential and impacts his already-shaky redraft value. He’s a dynasty stash though, and player to watch on the waiver wire as he’s too good of a receiving threat on a team that has glaring deficit of talent at wide receiver to go unused.

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