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2017 fantasy sleepers, bargains, breakouts and more


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1. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns have built one of the best offensive lines in the entire NFL, so look for Crowell to record his first 1,000-yard campaign of his NFL career.
2. Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins: DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are gone, so Pryor should see plenty of targets. Kirk Cousins is a massive upgrade at quarterback, too.
3. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Hyde has all the tools to emerge into a fantasy star, and playing in new coach Kyle Shanahan's offense should help him reach the next level.
4. Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers: I wouldn't be surprised if Jamaal Williams etched out a role in the offense, but Montgomery has a chance to be a breakout back in PPR formats.
5. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Hill might not match last season's touchdown totals, but he's going to see far more targets in the pass attack with Jeremy Maclin no longer on the team.
6. Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Call him a sleeper. Call him a breakout candidate. Whatever you call him, call Bryant's name in your fantasy draft in 2017.
7. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs needs to avoid injuries, but he has a 1,000-yard upside as the No. 1 wide receiver in Minnesota. The talent is there for Diggs to make a major impact.
8. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Anderson could turn into one of the better draft bargains in fantasy football this season. Don't be shocked if he finishes as a top-15 back.
9. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Fantasy fans might be scared of Abdullah due to his proneness to injuries, but he's worth drafting as a flex starter as Detroit's projected No. 1 runner.
10. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota showed flashes of fantasy stardom last season, and he has all the potential to become a top-10 fantasy finisher among quarterbacks.


1. Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins: Crowder isn't a traditional sleeper for fantasy fans, but I do like him to improve on what was a successful 2016 campaign.
2. Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have lost Kenneth Dixon (knee) for the season, so West figures to see a much bigger workload alongside veteran Danny Woodhead.
3. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker, now in his third NFL campaign, should be allowed every chance to meet and exceed his expectations. He's also taken steps to improve his health.
4. Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Moncrief has 1,000-yard, eight-touchdown potential in what figures to be an explosive Colts offense, but he needs to avoid injuries.
5. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: Often times, sleepers emerge due to injuries. And if DeMarco Murray were to miss time this season, well, Henry would be a major fantasy back.
6. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell is the back to target in Cleveland, but Johnson could turn into a nice option in PPR leagues. He'll line up as a receiver often.
7. Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: The Browns added veteran Kenny Britt during the offseason, but Coleman still has the most statistical upside of any wide receiver on that entire roster.
8. John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Brown was limited last season due to his sickle cell trait, but he's back for 2017 and likely to be a starter in Arizona opposite Larry Fitzgerald.
9. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Doyle showed that he was a viable red-zone option a season ago, and now his overall targets should rise with Dwayne Allen out of the mix.
10. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Wentz has upgraded weapons with the additions of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and LeGarrette Blount to go along with Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz.

Deep sleepers

1. Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears: We haven't seen much from White, who has missed most of his first two seasons due to injuries, but talent and potential targets make him a late-round choice.
2. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints: Ginn, who has scored 14 touchdowns in the last two seasons, could put up some big numbers (at times) as the new deep threat for Drew Brees.
3. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Anderson figures to see a much more prominent role in New York's pass attack, making him worth a late-round look regardless of the quarterback situation.
4. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lacy is projected to be the top running back in Seattle, but Rawls will see his carries and will very likely push Lacy into a backfield committee.
5. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Injuries have kept Lockett from reaching his true potential at the NFL level, but he's still worth a late-round look in all fantasy formats.
6. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rodgers projects to open the season as the starter with Doug Martin suspended, and there's an outside chance he could keep the role.
7. Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots: While I like Gillislee to be the best fantasy back in New England, I also wouldn't be surprised if Burkhead becomes a viable flex option.
8. Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins: Injuries derailed his rookie season, but Doctson is a talented former first-rounder who should push for quality targets for Washington.
9. J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Nelson doesn't have as much value as Larry Fitzgerald or John Brown, but he's a field stretcher who showed some flashes of potential during last season.
10. Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Hooper showed some flashes of potential as a rookie and could now see more targets in the pass attack for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.


1. Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Crabtree has been the highest-scoring fantasy wideout in Oakland for two straight seasons, but Amari Cooper gets all the love.
2. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: Sanders could be on the verge of a bounce back season under offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, and he can be drafted as a No. 3 wideout.
3. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Tate finished 23rd in fantasy points among wide receivers last season, and he now projects to see even more targets with Anquan Boldin no longer on the team.
4. Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Now with the Niners, Garcon should be a targets monster as the unquestioned top wide receiver for new head coach Kyle Shanahan.
5. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin should return to his role as the lead running back in Tampa Bay once he returns from a three-game suspension. He's worth a mid to late rounder.
6. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Coleman might be second on the depth chart in Atlanta, but he has proven to be a viable flex starter even while behind Devonta Freeman.
7. Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Despite his extended age, Gore ranked 12th in fantasy points at the position last season and has now rushed for 1,000-plus yards five times since 2011.
8. Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints: Will Peterson return to an elite level? No, probably not. But he can become a decent flex option, and his price tag won't be very high in drafts.
9. Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins: Samaje Perine has been selected ahead of Kelley in countless drafts, but the incumbent starter appears to have the inside track on the top spot.
10. Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: Ebron has the potential to post 700-plus yards and four to six touchdowns with Anquan Boldin no longer in the mix and eating up important targets.


1. Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Watkins' move from Buffalo to Los Angeles could be a bad one for his fantasy value, as there's questions about Jared Goff as an NFL starter.
2. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram has almost no chance to finish anywhere near 10th in points among backs again after the additions of Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara.
3. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: I'm expecting a regression in the 12 touchdowns Adams scored last season. Don't draft him based on his 2016 seventh-place finish among wideouts.
4. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan is coming off the best season of his career, dare I say a "magical" season. And if you know anything about those sorts of seasons, they're hard to duplicate.
5. Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Giants: Don't draft Marshall based on his name value ... there's little chance he returns to top-20 status with Odell Beckham Jr. in the Giants pass attack.
6. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Blount has no real chance to duplicate the 18 rushing touchdowns he scored for the Patriots a season ago. He's a flex starter at best.
7. Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lacy is projected to start for the Seahawks, but will he finish? He's dealt with injuries recently, and Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise will see touches.
8. Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Williams was a top-20 fantasy wideout a year ago, but the Bolts have a lot of mouths to feed in the pass attack including Keenan Allen.
9. Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill, who has rushed for 20 touchdowns in the last two seasons, is now worth little more than a late-round choice with the addition of Mixon in the draft.
10. Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Murray rushed for 12 touchdowns last season in what was a great situation in Oakland. Now in Minnesota, he'll share carries with Dalvin Cook.


1. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Fournette should pass Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon on the depth chart and push for high No. 2 running back value during his rookie season.
2. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Hunt could push Fournette to be the top rookie in fantasy football. He should lead the Chiefs in backfield touches with Spencer Ware sidelined.
3. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Cook has some competition in the form of Murray and Jerick McKinnon, but I like him to lead the Vikings backs in touches ... and fantasy points.
4. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Mixon has the tools of both Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, but all in one back. He should lead the Bengals in backfield touches as a rookie.
5. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers: McCaffrey could record 50-plus receptions as a rookie, and he's no stranger to running in between the tackles from his time at Stanford, either.
6. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans: Davis lost some of his fantasy luster when the Titans added Eric Decker, but he's still worth a look as a No. 4/5 wideout with upside.
7. John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Ross won't make a consistent impact in the stat sheets behind A.J. Green, but his speed makes him potential downfield threat in Cincinnati.
8. Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills: With Watkins no longer on the roster, Jones has a clear path to more targets in the pass attack. He'll be worth a late-round flier in most fantasy drafts.
9. Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins: Perine was a bit overrated in fantasy drafts during the summer months, but he's still worth a late-round selection behind Rob Kelley.
10. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram and Peterson are ahead of him on the Saints depth chart, but Kamara could become a viable option in PPR leagues as a rookie.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!