Here is a list of one offensive “sleeper” player from every NFL team. Each player is considered in most cases as “under the radar” and also included honorable mentions.
Arizona Cardinals: WR KeeSean Johnson
DeAndre Hopkins has been incredible in his first three games so far. Second-year WR Andy Isabella demonstrated why the team selected him in the 2nd round last year, scoring 2 TDs. Another 2nd-year receiver that would be considered more of the “sleeper” is KeeSean Johnson. He saw a ton of snaps in his debut last week vs. Detroit – 71% of the total snaps, while Isabella only played 40%, and he also had 7 targets, but only finished with 2 receptions.
Hon Mention: RB Chase Edmonds, TE Darrell Daniels
Atlanta Falcons: WR Olamide Zaccheaus
Last week, the second-year WR from the University of Virginia finished second amongst their receivers in total snaps (79%), behind only Calvin Ridley. Zaccheaus finished the game with 4 receptions for 41 yards, and saw 6 targets. Julio Jones was out, and Russell Gage left the game early, but Olamide proved he’s the next man up if one of them were to miss any time.
Hon Mention: RB Brian Hill, WR Brandon Powell
Baltimore Ravens: WR Devin Duvernay
Rookie third-round pick Devin Duvernay was one of the most explosive athletes in this year’s draft, he showed off his 4.39 40-yard time on Monday night when he took a kick return for a touchdown. Duvernay also saw 3 targets and 2 receptions, so Baltimore might want to start utilizing him in their offense going further.
Hon Mention: WR Miles Boykin, RB Gus Edwards, TE Nick Boyle
Buffalo Bills: Gabriel Davis
Rookie 5th-round WR Gabriel Davis has been terrific so far, and is continuing to earn the trust of their coaching staff and QB Josh Allen. Davis finished 2nd behind only Diggs in total snaps for receivers (74%) and had 4 receptions for 81 yards against the Rams.
Hon Mention: TE Tyler Kroft, WR Isaiah McKenzie
Carolina Panthers: RB Reggie Bonnafon
Not many “sleepers” at offense here for the Panthers that are currently producing, but one guy to keep an eye on is RB Reggie Bonnafon. Mike Davis has proved he is the starter going further until McCaffrey return, but Bonnafon is somebody who may start seeing some more snaps.
Hon Mention: TE Ian Thomas, RB Trenton Cannon, WR Seth Roberts
Chicago Bears: Rookie 5th-round WR Darnell Mooney from Tulane University has led all Bears receivers besides Allen Robinson in total snaps this season, and he received 5 targets last week. We’ll see if continues to see targets with Nick Foles now at quarterback.
Cincinnati Bengals: WR Tee Higgins
Rookie 2nd-round WR Tee Higgins has really starting to produce the past two games and has formed a connection with fellow rookie QB Joe Burrow. The former Clemson University star scored 2 touchdowns last week against Philadelphia, and saw 9 targets and led all receivers in total snaps (79%).
Hon Mention: TE Drew Sample, WR Mike Thomas & Auden Tate
Cleveland Browns: TE Harrison Bryant
With the loss of David Njoku on IR, Harrison Bryant, a 4th-round rookie TE from FAU is starting to see an increase amount of playing time every week (42<52<63% snaps). Bryant also scored a touchdown last game vs. Washington.
Hon Mention: WR KhaDarel Hodge
Dallas Cowboys: WR Cedrick Wilson
While TE Dalton Schultz is proving he’s capable of starting and replacing Blake Jarwin, an even more of “sleeper” is third-year WR Cedrick Wilson. Despite playing behind Cooper, Gallup and Lamb; Wilson played an exceptional game last week against Seattle. He had 2 touchdowns and had 5 receptions for 107 yards.
Hon Mention: WR Noah Brown, TE Blake Bell
Denver Broncos: WR KJ Hamler
While WR Tim Patrick did have a touchdown, the guy to keep an eye on is rookie 2nd-round pick KJ Hamler. Hamler is an elite athlete and very explosive when the ball is in his hands. He was dominant in his brief 2-year career at Penn State. He saw 5 targets and led all Denver offensive skill players in total snaps (92%), and this should only continue to increase without Courtland Sutton for the season.
Hon Mention: Tim Patrick
Detroit Lions: WR Quintez Cephus
The Lions #1 WR Kenny Golladay missed the first two games, and with him coming back there really was no “sleeper on the Lions offense. Rookie 5th-round pick Quintez Cephus proved the first two games he’ll be the next man-up if Golladay or Marvin Jones were to miss any time.
Hon Mention: TE Jesse James
Green Bay Packers: TE Robert Tonyan
Packers No. 1 WR Davante Adams missed last game with a hamstring injury, and Allen Lazard filled in and played extremely well. Lazard is not really considered a “sleeper” anymore, so going to instead list Tonyan here. The former college receiver – now transitioned to a tight end has played well, scoring a touchdown each of the past two games and leading all GB TEs in snaps.
Hon Mention: TE Jace Sternberger & RB Tyler Ervin
Houston Texans: TE Jordan Akins
Akins has been impressive so far this season, and he definitely appears to have upper-hand over the veteran Darren Fells right now – earning Watson’s trust. Randall Cobb is a household name, but seems to be forgotten in this offense, but he played very well last game.
Hon Mention: RB C.J. Prosise
Indianapolis Colts: TE Mo Allie-Cox
Allie-Cox has played turning heads the past two games, and it seems that he may have earned the starting spot over veteran Jack Doyle – who has been dealing with an injury.
Hon Mention: RB Jordan Wilkins & WR Daurice Fountain
Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Collin Johnson
Undrafted rookie RB James Robinson is starting to become a household name, especially in the fantasy community. A sleeper to keep an eye on in the future is the gigantic 6’6″ rookie 5th-round WR Collin Johnson. He saw 30% of the snaps last week and dropped a potential touchdown on a fade route, but it appears he may have some opportunities going further.
Hon Mention: TE James O’Shaughnessy
Kansas City Chiefs: WR Mecole Hardman
The Chiefs don’t really have a “sleeper” on offense. Everybody knows Mahomes, Hill, Kelce, Edwards-Helaire, and the only other person that has contributed on offense is 2nd-year speedster Mecole Hardman. Hardman is not really a “sleeper”, but with so many weapons in this offense, he tends to be forgotten about.
Hon Mention: RB Darwin Thompson
Los Angeles Chargers: WR Jalen Guyton
Rookie 4th-round pick Joshua Kelley has been extremely impressive so far this season. He’s played well enough the past three weeks that he’s not even considered a “sleeper” anymore, and so we’re going to chose Jalen Guyton. Guyton scored a touchdown already this season, and received the 2nd most snaps among their receivers last game (81%), so he’ll continue to have opportunities.
Hon Mention: WR K.J. Hill
Los Angeles Rams: WR Josh Reynolds
RB Darrell Henderson is really not considered a “sleeper”, but he’s played very well the past two games, so that should be noted. A played that hasn’t made a ton of noise, but continues to see a ton of snaps is WR Josh Reynolds. He played in 90% of the snaps against Buffalo last week, and had 4 receptions for 60 yards
Las Vegas Raiders: TE Foster Moreau
The second-year TE has a lot of talent, but has been competing for snaps in a crowded tight end room the past two years. Moreau is finally starting to see the field more, he scored a touchdown last game against New England. If he can see consistent playing time, he could be a productive part of their offensive going further.
Miami Dolphins: RB Myles Gaskin
Gaskin is on the teetering edge of no longer considered a “sleeper”. This is not looking like a RB by committee backfield by any means. Gaskin is the bellcow, he proved that last Thursday night where he had 5 receptions and 22 carries.
Hon Mention: TE Durham Smythe, WRs Isaiah Ford & Jakeem Grant
Minnesota Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson
There really is no “sleeper” in Minnesota’s offense, or at least that has shown anything so far this season. Justin Jefferson isn’t considered a “sleeper” but his breakout performance of 7 Rec-175 Yds-2 TD came out of nowhere. Even though he was just a first-round pick and dominated last year at LSU (100+ Rec/18 TD), nobody saw this coming so soon.
Hon Mention: TE Irv Smith Jr. & WR Chad Beebe
New England Patriots: WR Damiere Byrd
RB Rex Burkhead played incredible last game against Las Vegas, scoring 3 TD and had 7 receptions. It’s hard to consider Burkhead a “sleeper” especially with how he has been on the same championship team for multiple seasons. So instead, going to choose Damiere Byrd who has quietly proved he’s their starting slot receiver. He only had 3 catches last week, but the week prior he had 6 receptions for 72 yards against Seattle on 9 targets.
Hon Mention: RB J.J. Taylor & TE Ryan Izzo
New Orleans Saints: WR Tre’Quan Smith
Third-year WR Tre’Quan Smith is starting to finally breakout this season. Now that he has received more opportunities with Michael Thomas out. He played 100% of the snaps on Monday night, and the last two games combined he’s received 13 targets; where 9 of them have been catches for 128 yards.
Hon Mention: TE Adam Trautman & WR Deonte Harris
New York Giants: RB Wayne Gallman
To be honest, this might have been the hardest to choose so far.. Nobody on this offense has really stood out besides 2nd-year wideout Darius Slayton (who is not a “sleeper”). Going to chose Gallman because veteran RBs Devonta Freeman and Dion Lewis did nothing in replacing Barkley last week. Gallman at least proved last year that he’s serviceable when called upon with Barkley out, so if Freeman doesn’t step up, this could be Gallman’s backfield.
Hon Mention: TE Kaden Smith, WR Damion Ratley and C.J. Board
New York Jets: WR Lawrence Cager
The Jets don’t have much to be really proud about on offense this season.. One guy to keep an eye on is rookie undrafted free agent WR Lawrence Cager. He had 2 receptions for 35 yards, with 4 targets. Don’t be surprised if Cager continues carving out a role on their offense throughout the course of this season. Having a preseason potentially could of improved Cager’s chances of seeing the field even quicker than last week.
Philadelphia Eagles: WR Greg Ward
Due to the injuries of Eagles receivers Alshon Jeffrey and first-round pick Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward and rookie 5th-round speedster John Hightower have received a ton of playing time. Ward, formerly was a very productive college QB a few years ago at Houston, has now transitioned to a reciever the past few seasons in Philly. He had 11 targets last game, catching 8 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Hon Mention: WRs John Hightower & Deontay Burnett, RB Boston Scott
Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Chase Claypool
Rookie 2nd-round pick out of Notre Dame Chase Claypool has demonstrated he’s a matchup nightmare for defenses. They already have three talented young recievers in Smith-Schuster, Johnson and Washington, but now adding a 6’4″ receiver that ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 40.5″ at the NFL combine.
Hon Mention: RB Anthony McFarland Jr.
San Francisco 49ers: RB Jeff Wilson
The 49ers have been dealing with a plethora of injuries over the past few weeks, especially to key players. With RBs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman missing time, it was Wilson and McKinnon’s time to shine. Wilson scored 2 touchdowns and had 3 receptions for 54 yards.
Hon Mention: TE Ross Dwelley, WR Trent Taylor, RB Ja’Mycal Hasty
Seattle Seahawks: RB Travis Homer
It’s tough to find a “sleeper” on this offense as their offense is centered around MVP favorite Russell Wilson and wide-outs Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Starting RB Chris Carson got hurt last game against Dallas, so if he were to miss time this would be an opportunity for Homer to have a lot of opportunities alongside veteran Carlos Hyde.
Hon Mention: WRs David Moore & Freddie Swain, TEs Will Dissly & Jacob Hollister
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Scotty Miller
The speedy second-year WR Scotty Miller has been very impressive so far, and is starting to find a connection with Tom Brady. Miller had 3 catches for 83 receiving yards, one of his catches was spectacular. Chris Godwin is expected to miss a few games due to a hamstring injury, which would increase Miller’s usage.
Tennessee Titans: WR Kalif Raymond
The speedy veteran receiver Kalif Raymond has been impressive so far, he had a huge game last week, he had 3 catches for 118 yards.
Hon Mention: RB Darrynton Evans, TE Anthony Firkser, WR Cam Baston
Washington Football Team: WR Dontrelle Inman
The veteran Inman who spent the majority of his career with the Chargers, he’s been a reliable starter on the other side of Terry McLaurin. He scored twice last game against Cleveland, and had 8 targets thrown his way.
Hon Mention: WR Antonio Gandy-Golden & Isaiah Wright