The fantasy football season is in full swing, as the majority of leagues have either already drafted their teams, or have plans to draft in the coming weeks.
With football season coming, you see many draft strategies: using the latest computer software, sticking to the old standby pen, paper, and magazine method, or some turn to the supernatural by praying to the fantasy gods.
One thing is for sure: Everybody looks for sleepers. If hit right, these lottery tickets could be league winners, as you get a contributor at a cheap price.
These sleepers can be hard to come by, because everybody has their own rankings and opinions. But fear not, irons are always getting thrown into the fire. These three players, if presented the opportunity, could be league winners. Proceed with caution.
3 receivers who are great sleepers in 2021 fantasy football
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
(Consensus ADP: #91 in PPR leagues)
It’s not often that a wideout who has finished WR15, WR17, and WR30 the past three seasons in PPR leagues is considered a sleeper, but here we are.
The Bengals’ drafting of Ja’Marr Chase has sent Tyler Boyd into fantasy’s no-man’s land. In addition to the emergence of Tee Higgins, Boyd does face a steeper competition for targets than in years past.
However, there’s no reason to believe that Boyd can’t pick up where he left off last season, where he was the overall WR11 in PPR leagues with a healthy Joe Burrow.
Chase’s recent struggles and dropped passes in the preseason now put him in danger of losing regular-season snaps to Auden Tate. Even if Chase and Higgins man the outside, this leaves the versatile Boyd to soak up the midfield targets that Burrow often throws.
Due to Giovani Bernard’s departure from Cincinnati, there are now 59 targets and 47 catches up for grabs. These will likely be split between Boyd and Joe Mixon.
If Boyd maintains his steady production that he has had over the past three seasons, he can be a startable FLEX in PPR leagues if you’ve invested early in QB and/or TE.