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Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi and DeVante Parker are two of our 2016 Fantasy Football Sleepers
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Fantasy Football Sleepers

Key fantasy football sleepers in your 2016 draft

Fantasy football sleepers that develop into primetime players can give your team a huge advantage over your opponents. Needless to say, selecting players later in your draft that yield early pick production can make for a long season for your league mates.

Some of the Docs' past fantasy football sleepers include:

2015: WR Brandon Marshall (8th round 2015 ADP)
2014: WR Emmanuel Sanders & TE Antonio Gates (16th round 2014 ADP)
2013: WR Alshon Jeffery & RB Zac Stacy
2012: RB C.J. Spiller & RB Stevan Ridley
2011: WR Jordy Nelson
2010: WR Hakeem Nicks & WR Mike Wallace
2009: WR Miles Austin
2008: RB Steve Slaton & WR Calvin Johnson
2007: WR Braylon Edwards
2006: RB Frank Gore
2005: RB LaMont Jordan

These are not your run-of-the-mill fantasy football sleepers on everyone's radar for their respective draft year. These fantasy football sleepers proved to be major superstars that could be had very late in fantasy drafts of their respective draft year and brought home fantasy championships for many folks. Drafting sleepers of this high caliber later in your draft makes a huge, substantial impact on the odds of you winning your league championship. Consequently, it is no secret that many championship teams can point to some "surprise" fantasy football sleepers during their draft that were real difference makers for their team. With that in mind, the Docs have crunched the numbers and uncovered numerical trends that increase the odds of picking successful 2016 fantasy football sleepers during your draft. A list of those players along with detailed commentary providing insight regarding why these players are considered fantasy football sleepers is provided below. Enough with the talk, let's get to our 2016 fantasy football sleepers:

Click the link below to check out the Docs' 2016 busts:
Fantasy Football Busts

For more information on what is meant by a "fantasy football sleepers" or "Average Draft Position", click here (or read the information located at the bottom of this article).

  Player Type: SLEEPER Team Position
  Jay Ajayi MIA RB

Ajayi has the two keys that any potential Fantasy star needs ... talent and opportunity. Ajayi, 6'0" and 220 lbs, was selected in the fifth-round of the 2015 NFL draft, but he graded as a third-rounder because of his talent. The drop in value on draft day was because of his medical evaluations that called out his knee as being bone on bone. The long term outlook on Ajayi isn't promising because of this knee condition, but he could make a short term impact. Ajayi was extremely productive in his redshirt sophomore and junior seasons. His junior season was exceptionally impressive with 1,823 yards rushing, 535 yards receiving, and 32 total TDs. Lamar Miller kept Ajayi on the bench in his rookie season. Ajayi did not exceed 9 touches in any game last year, but the talent is there. Digging out the impact that the Dolphins new HC, Adam Gase, has had as an offensive coordinator for the Broncos and Bears is a little difficult, but there is gold in this soil. Gase's first season as an offensive coordinator was with Broncos in 2013. That season Knowshon Moreno broke out on the scene as a true Fantasy gem by finishing as the 5th best RB in Fantasy with 14.8 Fantasy points per game. Gase showed a tendency for using his RB in both the rushing and passing attacks. In Gase's second season in Denver, the workload was split up amongst 3 different backs: Montee Ball (3 games), Ronnie Hillman (5 games), and C.J. Anderson (8 games). These backs once again were active in both the rushing as well as the passing game where they averaged 16.6 Fantasy points per game. Gase's 3rd season was with the Bears where the RB load was split between Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford. Once again, the RB was involved in both phases of the game to rack up a combined 15.5 Fantasy points per game. Now that Gase will take his influence to Miami, Ajayi is a great late round snag with huge upside in your fantasy draft. At the time of this writing, Ajayi is going in the 12th round of fantasy football drafts based on Average Draft Position (ADP). That is a steal of a draft pick for a player that will have every opportunity to emerge and be a big difference maker for your team at a key position of need.

  Player Type: SLEEPER Team Position
  DeVante Parker MIA WR

Parker is a wide receiver that is flying low on the fantasy radar, and that is what makes him a perfect candidate as a sleeper in 2016. At the time of this writing, Parker's Average Draft Position (ADP) has him going in the 8th round as the 31st WR taken overall. His performance in the second half of last year once he was healthy points to a player that warrants a much higher ADP ranking, but more on that later. As for a little background to better acquaint you with Parker, he was the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and the third WR to come off the board in a talented WR-rich draft (OAK WR Amari Cooper and CHI WR Kevin White being the first two WRs off the board). The Dolphins directly benefited from this talent-rich draft, as Parker "slid" to them with the 14th overall pick. Another reason Parker "slid" to the Phins is he suffered a foot injury that forced him to miss seven games in his senior season at Lousiville before entering the NFL Draft. This same foot injury carried over to his rookie season last year and forced him to miss most of the 2015 season until week 11, at which point he played the rest of the year. During that 6 week stretch from weeks 11 to 16, Parker had an immediate impact and amassed 42 targets resulting in 445 receiving yards and 3 TDs. At that pace, Parker would have finished a full 16 game season with 1,187 receiving yards and 8 TDs in just his rookie season. Another important stat with Parker is his yards per reception average. He finished the year with an incredible 19 yards per catch. That is the type of stat that points to Parker's explosive level of play. At 6'3" / 209 lbs, there is a good reason Parker was taken with the 14th overall pick despite having a foot injury and missing a significant portion of his senior season at the University of Louisville. He proved his value once he made it onto the field, and he finished the season on fire, averaging nearly 100 yards per game over his last 3 games. It was clear the chemistry he developed with QB Ryan Tannehill was very good, and that is another key aspect to a WR having a breakout campaign. Last, Parker is going to directly benefit from the arrival of new Head Coac Adam Gase. Gase is well known for putting together very strong offenses, most recently in Chicago and Denver, and he has all kinds of talent at his disposal in Miami. Furthermore, WR Rishard Matthews and his 43 receptions, 662 receiving yards, and 4 TDs has moved on to Tennessee in the off-season, leaving Parker as the clear starter opposite of WR Jarvis Landry, who will draw plenty of attention from the defense and further open up the field of play for Parker. We like Parker as a value pick for the middle rounds of your draft with upside to deliver at a much higher level.

RBs Jay Ajayi and WR DeVante Parker are just 2 of 16 key fantasy football sleepers and busts picks for your fantasy football draft. The complete list, along with our exclusive 2016 Draft Advisor Software, Overall Rankings (450+), In-depth Projections, Player Profiles (300+), offensive line rankings (run and pass), and more are included in our Total Draft Package, which and can be purchased for just $11.95. Everything is updated each and every week to account for injuries, trades, and depth-chart adjustments that occur during the NFL Preseason. Just click on the button below to get access today!

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What are fantasy football sleepers?
Fantasy football sleepers are players that significantly outperform their average draft position. In short, if you are fortunate enough to select a good "sleeper" pick, you were able to grab a player that yielded much higher production than otherwise anticipated prior to the NFL season. Consequently, you want to select your fantasy football sleepers a round earlier than you anticipate them being taken by your league mates. However, you do not want to select your fantasy football sleepers too early as this gives you the opportunity to use those earlier picks on more reliable players while they are still available.

What is "Average Draft Position"?
Average Draft Position is an indicator of when a player could be selected based on the average of hundreds of drafts completed by various fantasy football leagues and mock drafts. This is very helpful information when evaluating potential fantasy football sleepers. For those that are interested, checkout our article,
Fantasy Football Mock Drafts, for direct access to free resources containing mock draft and ADP information for the 2016 fantasy football season.

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