2021 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2021 Fantasy Football Dynasty League Sleepers


Every year, owners are always looking for the next diamond in the rough. Finally, that late-round pick will provide their team a spark and lead them to the coveted fantasy football title.

Well, those sleepers, those diamonds are tough to come by. However, in this article, I will touch on a few worthy of a stash on your roster. Even if they do not help you this season, they may have an impact on your long-term plan as a dynasty owner.


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Taylor Heinicke, QB, The Washington Football Team

Quarterback, to me, is by far is the most challenging position to find a sleeper. Most teams already know who their franchise QB is, and most fantasy owners scoop up quarterbacks like they are going out of style.

For me, I like to look at a team that has a veteran at the helm, a team that may be a year or two away from turning over the reigns. So that brings me to the WFT.

There is still so much we do not know about the undrafted QB out of Old Dominion. But we see the toughness he showed when thrown to the lions in the Wild Card game against Tampa Bay.

Heinicke showed grit, moxie, toughness on his way to two total touchdowns and 306 passing yards, and 46 rushing yards. That game was enough for WFT to give him a two-year $8.75 million extension in the offseason. No, that is not a huge contract, but it is decent money for someone who has only started one game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will play the majority of this season for the WFT, and I do not expect to see Heinicke see the field much, if at all. However, if you look past Fitzpatrick (39 years old), who signed a one-year deal, Heinicke is the next man up.

WFT did not trade up in the draft to draft a QB. They did not draft one at all. Combine that with the one-year deal Fitz has, Heinicke could be the starting QB in 2022. His value is not all that high, and he could probably be had for a draft pick in your leagues.

Gio Bernard, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The running back position is also a tricky one to navigate. Typically, owners will handcuff their studs with the backup of said stud. So to find a sleeper, you need to look a bit further down the depth charts.

Unlike Heinicke above, Gio could provide some more dividends to fantasy owners. Yes, the Tampa backfield is crowded, but Tom Brady loves his little shifty running backs out of the backfield if history has shown us anything.

I envision Gio being like what James White was to Tom Brady in New England. Both running backs have similar builds, and both running backs are better suited out of the backfield than running the ball.

In the last two seasons that Brady and White played together, White totaled 159 receptions, 1,396 yards receiving, and 12 touchdowns. I do not expect Gio to come close to those numbers, but you could do way worse towards the end of drafts, re-draft, or dynasty.

Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints

With the NFL now a pass-happy league, and most teams running three to four-wide receiver sets, un-earthing a sleeper in the form of a wideout may be the easiest to find.

If you look at the Saints depth chart, after Michael Thomas, there is no sure thing at wide receiver. Tre’Quan Smith has yet to establish himself as the Saints #2, and Deonte Harris does not bring much to the table. So the opportunity is there for Callaway to steal some targets.

The second year, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee could benefit from the more potent, bigger arm of Jameis Winston instead of the declining arm of Drew Brees. Callaway was a deep threat, primarily in college, a ball that we know Winston can throw.

Despite mainly running deep routes in college, Callaway also re-fined his route running skills last season, showing he is evolving into a more well-rounded receiver. I have no issue with him sitting on my roster, knowing he is only 23 years old and can learn from Michael Thomas.

Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Another factor that I look at in determining a sleeper at the WR position is the style of offense that teams run. The Chiefs run an up-tempo, pass-first offense that features multiple receivers. Outside of Tyreke Hill, there is not a proven wideout on the roster. Byron Pringle could emerge as a legit threat for the Chiefs.

Someone outside of Hill and Travis Kelce has to catch the ball eventually. Early on in minicamp, Patrick Mahomes seemed to gravitate to Pringle, targeting him often. With Watkins gone, the competition is wide open to start opposite Hill.

Pringle is a fast shifty receiver who is also dangerous in the return game. With his speed, he could be an issue for opposing corners not tasked with stopping Hill. The best part is he can be found on waivers right now in most leagues, making him just about free!

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills

It seems that no matter the league type, the TE spot is the most coveted spot. You either have a stud, or you don’t. Unfortunately, year in and year out, there never seems to be enough quality TEs to go around.

Yes, Knox has issues with drops, yes the Bills have been linked to Zach Ertz for what seems like a decade now, but Knox is a big athletic tight end, can line up all over the field, and is in an offense that likes to spread the ball around.

There have been multiple videos circulating of Knox working out hard this offseason, and he even admitted to seeing a vision specialist help with his hand-eye coordination. The TE spot is by far the shallowest on the Bills, and even if they bring in Ertz (which I think would be great for his game), I am still willing to take the risk on a TE that has Josh Allen slinging the ball.

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About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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