Few things speed up a dynasty team’s contending window faster than hitting big on a few late-round draft picks or trading for a player at a discount before he breaks out. It’s easy to identify the superstar fantasy assets that can hold down your RB/WR1 slots for multiple seasons. It’s not as easy to locate guys later in the draft that can provide a level of production in your RB/WR2 and flex spots that separate you from the rest of your league. With that in mind, I'm doing to give you my five 2023 Dynasty Football Deep Sleepers.
The guys on this list all have a realistic path to being one of those aforementioned guys to round out the back end of your starting lineup and top of your bench. They all have a chance to be flex-relevant this season and still have enough tread on the tires that it could turn into a bigger role somewhere next year. Even better, they are all currently going outside of the top 150 in dynasty startup ADP.
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2023 Dynasty Football Deep Sleepers
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Rashaad Penny, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP 158 - RB45)
The Eagles' backfield is wide open after the departure of Miles Sanders. While D’Andre Swift is who I think takes the RB1 job this season, I can also see a world where Rashaad Penny finally stays healthy for a full season and becomes the league winner that we’ve seen glimpses of in small doses.
Penny leads the league in Yards Per Carry since he entered the league (5.69 ypc), he’s just been unable to stay on the field. Even if he is only able to secure a 12-15 touch-per-week role, that is more than enough work to put up flex-worthy production. If that happens there is a good chance he will find himself in a position to sign a Miles Sanders-like deal somewhere next offseason where he projects as the clear RB1.
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Chicago Bears (ADP 173 - RB52)
After taking over as the Panthers lead back in Week 7 D’Onta Foreman showed he was completely past the Achilles tear that derailed the early years of his career. Despite playing behind a subpar offensive line, Foreman was effective when he was given a chance last season, eclipsing the 100-yard mark five times while maintaining a solid 4.5 yards per carry.
While he came up just short of 1,000 rushing yards on the season (914), his 17-game pace after he took over the starting job would have had him finishing with over 1300 yards and seven touchdowns. Foreman will have to battle Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson for carries in the Bears backfield, but at RB52 with an ADP in the 170s, the risk is already baked in.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys (ADP 184 - WR71)
The addition of Brandin Cooks is going to allow Michael Gallup to play the role he is best suited for, which is a big play WR3 in Dallas’ high-scoring offense. His numbers were dreadful last season, but he was working his way back from a mid-season 2021 knee injury that required surgery. Another year removed from the injury, I think he will look more like his old self in 2023-24.
Over the first three years of his career Gallup averaged 15.5 yards per reception and was a dynamic field stretcher that could go up and make contested catches. His lack of burst last season prevented him from doing either of those things, and the numbers reflected it as he dipped clear down to 10.9 yards per reception. If he’s back to being his old self his current ADP of 184 that has him going off of the board as WR71 is going to look ridiculously low in a few months.
Parris Campbell, WR, New York Giants (ADP 202 - WR78)
While there are a lot of bodies in the New York Giants WR room at the moment, I’m not sure that any of them are more talented or versatile than newcomer Parris Campbell is when he’s healthy. He can line up in the slot, on the outside, or take snaps out of the backfield as an RB. Darren Waller will be the de facto WR1 in this offense, but Campbell is the pass catcher behind him I’m targeting in this offense.
Campbell had a weird season last year. He finally stayed healthy and had a career-high 63 catches, but his ADOT dropped down to 6.4 so he was only able to relay those 63 catches into 623 yards and 3 scores. While I’m not the biggest believer in Daniel Jones, he was undeniably better than anyone feeding Campbell targets last season in Indy. I’ll take a swing at Campbell building on last year’s total, especially when we are talking about a guy going outside the top 200 in ADP.
Jake Ferguson, TE, Dallas Cowboys (ADP 240 - TE34)
The Cowboys drafted Michigan TE Luke Schoonmaker in the 2nd round back in April, but few Tight Ends are fantasy relevant as rookies and I would be shocked if this isn’t the case here as well. Assuming the Cowboys don’t make any big moves between now and week one, that puts Jake Ferguson in the driver's seat to take on the majority of targets at the TE position in Dallas.
With Kellen Moore calling plays for the Chargers this year there is no guarantee that any TE will be as heavily targeted as Dalton Schultz was the past three seasons, but if Ferguson is able to even lock down 60-70 targets he will be productive enough to finish as a back-end TE1. With an ADP of 240, you’re not out much if he doesn’t hit, so this is a perfect low-risk, high-reward option at the back end of your drafts.
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