A list of undervalued players to target in 2017 fantasy football leagues.
Grabbing a sleeper pick during your draft and watching it pay off for you every game during the season is an amazing feeling. In fact, there may be nothing more satisfying in fantasy sports than hitting the jackpot on a sleeper pick.
To aid you in your quest for the elusive fantasy football sleeper, we've put together a list of potential breakout or bounce-back players to help you win this season.
This list is in alphabetical order and the degree to which these players qualify as sleepers obviously depends on your specific league. We've included each player's projected stats for the upcoming season so that you can properly evaluate them.
Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback
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Injuries again sabotaged Dalton last season, as his YPA dipped by nearly a full yard from 2015 while his TD passes marked a career low. A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard all missed significant time, playing together just three games (Dalton's YPA in those three was 8.0). Dalton, who lost three games in 2015 to a thumb injury, hasn't played a full season with Green since 2013 when he posted career highs in yards and TDs. The Red Rifle isn't known for a strong arm, but he's accurate throwing deep (8th in completion percentage) and was one of four QBs last season without an interception on attempts of 21-plus yards (min. 20 attempts). This offseason, he worked to increase his velocity, which he might need after the Bengals drafted receiver John Ross ninth overall. Ross posted the fastest 40 time (4.22) in Combine history and gives the Bengals a deep threat to draw defensive attention from Green and help Eifert get open underneath. Second-round pick Joe Mixon should not only improve the running game but also should contribute as a skilled receiver out of the backfield. Dalton also offers value as a runner -- only Cam Newton has more rushing TDs among QBs since 2012. Improved offensive line play (41 sacks last year, seventh most) would help, but Dalton looks set for a bounce-back campaign, provided no injuries.
Jay Cutler Miami Dolphins Quarterback
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Cutler was primed to move from the field to the broadcast booth, but the Dolphins persuaded him out of retirement with a one-year, $10 million contract after Ryan Tannehill re-injured his knee during training camp. The 34-year-old thus heads to Miami, where he'll reunite with head coach Adam Gase, who served as the Bears' offensive coordinator in 2015. That season was among the best statistical campaigns of Cutler's career, though his numbers didn't translate into wins for Chicago. This could be the best supporting cast Cutler has played with in his entire career, with Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Jay Ajayi and Julius Thomas each bringing something unique to the table. The Dolphins also figure to have an offense line that's at least decent, and Gase has an impressive track record as a play caller. Cutler will have to play well to keep the starting job, considering Matt Moore filled in competently late last season and is one of the more highly regarded backups in the league.
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