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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. 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.
4. 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.
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. Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots: Gillislee figures to fill the LeGarrette Blount role in New England, so a season with eight-plus touchdowns is well within reach.
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. 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.
9. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota showed flashes of breaking out last season, and now his weapons are even better. Consider him this season's fantasy version of Matt Ryan.
10. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Like Mariota, Winston's value rose after an offseason that saw the Buccaneers add both DeSean Jackson and rookie O.J. Howard to the offense.


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. 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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears: Someone has to catch passes for the Bears, right? Meredith showed flashes of potential last season, and his target share will rise in 2017.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Funchess hasn't made much of a fantasy impact at the pro level, but he could make some noise in a Panthers pass attack that has lost Ginn.
8. Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants: Injuries have kept Vereen on the sidelines, but he's back at 100 percent and could be a nice late-round steal for fantasy owners in PPR formats.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: With the addition of Cooks and the return of a healthy Rob Gronkowski, Edelman's target share in the Patriots offense is going to decline ... bigly.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
5. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Spencer Ware is projected to remain the top running back in Kansas City, but Hunt will no doubt push for a prominent role in this backfield as a rookie.
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 wideout with immense potential.
7. Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins: Perine should have a shot to unseat Rob Kelley atop the Redskins depth chart during training camp, so he's a runner to watch in the summer months.
8. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Ty Montgomery is the projected starter in Green Bay, but Williams could etch out a role as the team's power back. He's worth a late-round choice.
9. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are ahead of him on the depth chart, but Kamara could become a viable option in PPR leagues as a rookie.
10. 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 football drafts.

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!


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