There’s a player you’ve had on your watch list during the draft.
It’s getting getting later and later, and he’s still sitting there waiting to get drafted.
It’s finally your pick and you snag him much later than you thought you should. Maybe you just needed a back-up or someone to fill in that bye week.
He then turns your team into an explosive, point-scoring juggernaut and you look like a draft genius with your fantasy football bargains.
The sleeper picks that you picked up way too late that helped turn your team into a champion are the best surprises of the season. Here’s some of the best players that were the best bargains of the draft.
2015 Fantasy Football Bargains
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Average pick: 83.5/9th Round
There was a serious lack of kryptonite around the league this year.
Those who picked Cam this late, usually the 11th quarterback taken, were some that drafted him as a backup. Starting the season without many high-profile receivers, it seemed like it was going to be a down year for him.
He definitely proved his critics wrong. He boasted a career high 45 total touchdowns to go along with a career low 11 interceptions. His play this year on the field earned him the top spot in total fantasy points as well as the front-runner for the MVP.
Honorable Mention – Carson Palmer
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
Average pick: 118/ 12th Round
Freeman had the best breakout season for any running back this year.
Usually the 40th running back taken and second on the depth chart to start the year, he took advantage of Tevin Coleman’s injury to put up 754 yards and 10 touchdowns in five weeks after being named the starter.
He did slow down toward the end of the season, but he still put up solid numbers. For someone that maybe just needed a bye week player, they got the top fantasy running back.
Honorable Mention – Doug Martin
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Average pick: 93.3/10th Round
Another second year player with a big breakout, Robinson was usually the 32nd wide receiver taken.
Robinson was up and down in his first four weeks of the season. The rest of the season, he only failed to score in three games and was an absolute beast for the Jaguars.
Even in the games he didn’t score in during that streak, he still put up over 100 yards receiving in each of them. He shared the top spot in the NFL with the most touchdowns at 14 and more than doubled his receiving yards from the previous year from 548 to 1400 yards.
A lot of fantasy managers sleep on anyone in a Jaguars uniform, but this guy proved all of them wrong.
Honorable Mention – Brandon Marshall
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns
Average pick: 163.4/17th Round or Undrafted
So who would’ve even pinned a 30-year-old journeyman tight end with only 44 catches, 603 yards, and three touchdowns in his career for the guy who would go on to put up the third-best fantasy points for tight ends? Practically nobody because he was either the 21st tight end taken or not taken at all.
He didn’t start making his impact until Week 3 when he had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. For a player of his previous caliber, most thought it was a fluke.
The next week, he totaled six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Hmm, maybe he should be picked up. He went on a roll the rest of the season to end up with 79 catches for 1043 yards and nine touchdowns. By far one of the best sleepers of the year.
Honorable Mention – Delanie Walker
These were those last effort picks to just fill the roster. Instead, they turned into fantasy studs and torched the field all season, helping their teams and fantasy owners in the process.
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