The other night a friend of mine and I had some free time on our hands and took the opportunity to finally watch the movie "300." So with that fond memory still fresh in my mind, I offer up my fantasy football extremely deep sleepers.
Don't confuse this with my under the radar players. Similar to those 300 Spartan soldiers, the odds of any of the men below seeing victory is unlikely. However, unlike the Spartans, our numbers exceed 300. Because 300 is the starting threshold. All of the sleepers below have an ADP of 300 or higher as found on FantasyPros as of Aug. 19.
Obviously, consider your league parameters when reviewing the sleepers below. Unless you are in a 30-round draft, those of you in eight- or 10-team leagues can probably ignore these names before the season starts. Even those of you in 16-team leagues however, can likely wait until the very late stages of your draft. These are extremely deep sleepers after all. But better to have all weapons at your disposal, because after all, there can be no retreat, no surrender...
Extremely Deep Sleepers: QB
Jacoby Brisset, Indianapolis Colts (ADP: 381)
I've discussed Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Tannehill previously. But that was before we heard about Andrew Luck's injury issues. With an ADP of 381, no player is more likely to exceed his ADP. In 2017, Brisset was forced into action when Luck couldn't play and managed a respectable 3,000-yard season. But he is a threat to run as well, adding a solid 260 rushing yards that season. He can be thought of a poor man's Lamar Jackson, except that he is going about 250 spots later. And given that he's likely to start Week 1 (the Colts have always been so open and honest about Luck's health haven't they?), that makes him instantly valuable in 2-QB leagues.
Extremely Deep Sleepers: RB
Ty Montgomery, New York Jets (307*)
Montgomery probably has the highest floor of any Jets handcuff to Le'Veon Bell. With Bell not playing in the Jets' second preseason game, Montgomery got the start and picked up 36 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Even if he is not the direct replacement for Bell, he should see plenty of targets in the passing game to make him a viable bye-week replacement. I promise you that his ADP in the 300s will not last much longer.
[*Editor's note: Montgomery's ADP is skyrocketing, jumping nearly 100 spots since this article was submitted, so it looks like Mark was right about his sub-300 status not lasting long.]
Extremely Deep Sleepers: WR
Deon Cain, Indianapolis Colts (311)
Allow me to do now what I did not do in my under the radar article for WRs, and that is go into detail about Cain. After recording 130 catches for 2,040 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons (40 games) at Clemson, many expected Cain to be just the weapon the Colts needed after drafting him in the sixth round last year. However, Cain missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL last August. Parris Campbell, this year's second-round pick, has missed most of camp with a hamstring strain. Cain now seems to be locked in as the Colts third wide receiver as evidenced by his nine targets in the second preseason game. He was targeted both downfield and behind the line of scrimmage. He turned those targets into seven catches for 80 yards. Consider this just the beginning.
Extremely Deep Sleepers: TE
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (300)
Right at our 300 line, RSJ barely makes the cut. (if you want a super-deep sleeper TE that doesn't make our 300 minimum cut, Hayden Hurst going at 280 is my recommendation). But you do realize he's the No. 1 TE in Arizona, right? And Arizona has a rookie quarterback who will need a check-down safety blanket, right? And it's not like RSJ is a bust of a football player. He did have 34 catches last year and given his current ADP, he will easily hit value if he does that again.
Extremely Deep Sleepers: K
Nicholas Vedvik, Minnesota Vikings (UNDRAFTED)
Rarely is a player's ADP so low that FantasyPros does not even have him listed. But yes, Vedvik is currently not even drafted.
Skip about halfway through the video below to see Vedvik make the first of two 50-yarders this preseason:
And you are now going to add this guy to a team that had over 5,500 yards of offense last year, but managed less than 23 points per game? But of course, Minnesota is also a dome team so you're going to get a guy like this playing more than half his games indoors? And he's going undrafted? Not by me he ain't!
Extremely Deep Sleepers: D/ST
New York Jets (322)
Unlike Nicholas Vedvik, I am not planning on drafting the Jets D/ST. But I've played in deep leagues where you need to select at least two defenses and the Jets are absolutely in my top 25. Yes, they stunk last year giving up 380 yards per game. Even worse, they gave up 441 points, a total that was surpassed by only three teams (Bengals, Buccaneers, Raiders). But it wasn't all gloom and doom for this defense. They were in the middle of the pack for both sacks and interceptions. But the Jets knew the defense was an issue and addressed it this offseason. They signed Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley, who has nearly 600 tackles during his five-year career. Not content to stop there, the Jets drafted Quinnen Williams. Williams is a nimble yet powerful 6-foot-3, 303-pound behemoth whose 4.83 speed is mind-boggling given his size. The additions of Mosley and Williams alone should see the Jets defense improve across the board making them a great candidate to jump into the top 20 this year for fantasy purposes.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.