For one, none of us will be stuck with Kelvin Benjamin, Jordy Nelson, or any of the other players unfortunate enough to go down with injuries so far this preseason. On top of that, we have a little more time to watch preseason and keep an eye out for up-and-coming stars.
Well, for those of you who can’t stomach preseason football, don’t worry, I struggled through it for you. After two weeks of exhibition games, I think I’ve found a few deep sleepers who may just be worth a shot late in the draft:
Tyler Eifert, tight end: Obviously no one is going to touch Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, but everyone needs a tight end. Eifert’s season ended a little early last year, but he’s coming back now and the Cincinnati Bengals and Andy Dalton could definitely use the help to take some pressure off A.J. Green. Eifert has been doing well so far, and if he can translate that over to the regular season and get past the fact that Dalton is his quarterback, he could definitely slip in as a potential late-round TE1.
Kendall Wright, wide receiver: Wright broke out in 2013, but Ken Whisenhunt kind of limited him when he took over as coach of the Tennessee Titans. Wright just didn’t look comfortable in the new offensive style which didn’t let him do his own thing the way he likes. On top of that, the Titans offense was just absolutely horrible. Marcus Mariota is an immediate improvement over Zach Mettenberger, and if the defense can chip in a bit, Tennessee may actually be able to get something going on offense. If that’s the case, Wright could easily see anywhere from 100 to 120 targets in 2015.
That should be more than enough to make him worthy of a WR slot on your team. On top of that, you can probably pick him up a little later in most leagues. After the Titans basically fell off the face of the earth this past season, Wright’s name recognition fell significantly. In the average league, I’d say about half of the people draft completely based on who they hear about on SportsCenter, so Wright could easily turn into a fantastic value pickup.