Every year everyone is looking for that one big fantasy football sleeper that pays off. The caveat? They want few people to see him coming. So few, usually, that they can skate through an entire draft without even picking them up, and then make some roster changes and add them at the last second.
Even better is to find that same guy in a daily fantasy football league for the minimum, start him on your team and reap the benefits of going with your gut. Last year Allen Hurns could have been that guy with a two-touchdown game to start the year. Of course, for every Hurns you have a handful of David Wilson’s, Cordarrelle Patterson’s and Justin Hunter’s.
C-Patt is the most troubling type of fantasy sleeper, as he DID pay off right away in week one, only to fade into nothingness the rest of the year.
Heading into week one, there are once again a legion of fantasy sleepers. Who you pick is up to you. One big one you should at least need to be thinking about, however, is New Orleans Saints #3 wide receiver Brandon Coleman. Not necessarily a must-draft player in standard fantasy football drafts initially, Coleman is now at the very worst a nice stash add (if you have the room on your bench) in season long leagues, but at his best he could be a total gem to start the season.
If he does indeed crush against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, the secret will be out. Now is the time to use him in DFS games (he’s the minimm at DraftKings) and if you’ve been waiting to make a move in standard leagues, now is the time to strike.
There aren’t any guarantees. Still, Brandon Coleman is more than enticing to take a stab at, considering he is a size/athleticism specimen and is really only competing with an aging Marques Colston for snaps. Already a lock when the Saints send three wide receivers onto the field, Coleman could have a real shot at solid fantasy value in week one if New Orleans’ date in the desert turns into a shootout. Even if it doesn’t, the absence of both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills opens the door for extra targets. With Patrick Peterson possibly trying to stifle Brandin Cooks, that could suddenly have Brees looking Coleman’s way.
Use Coleman in this weekend’s $100k fantasy football free roll at DraftKings!
Take a look at his college highlights and get excited: