Everyone is always going on and on about sleepers, busts and breakouts, but who are some of the names no one is really talking about? Don't forget about these seven selections during your draft.
7. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Duke Johnson has practically been a ghost when it comes to Cleveland Brown storylines lately. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but between recent Vegas money swings, HBO's Hard Knocks, and No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, there's a lot going on in Cleveland right now. When it comes to the Browns backfield, however, rookie Nick Chubb and off-season acquisition Carlos Hyde have dominated the discussions. Let's not forget about the current No. 2 option in the backfield. Johnson finished last season as a Top-11 fantasy running back in standard PPR leagues, and well ahead of Hyde.
6. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Am I the only one who feels like the last time I heard Brandin Cooks' name mentioned was when he was traded to the Rams back in April? Even after leaving New Orleans, Cooks still put up great numbers in his single season in New England. Cooks' more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns put him ahead of big fantasy receiver names like Mike Evans and Demaryius Thomas, and just barely behind Davante Adams in 2017. Don't sleep on Cooks in 2018.
5. Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Hooper is probably the biggest reach on this list, but his fantasy situation in Atlanta is one that deserves attention. After years of Julio Jones getting every opposing secondary's focus, the Falcons went out and drafted big-talent receiver Calvin Ridley in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. So, who's the most consistent option on the Falcons who will see the lightest coverage assignments behind those two? Tight end Austin Hooper, who is ranked outside the top 10 tight ends, but likely finishes inside that grouping at season's end.
4. James White, RB, New England Patriots
James White may not be the first name that comes to mind as far as under-the-radar fantasy guys, but with the way injuries are looking in New England, he may be the healthiest back who can make a difference for your team. You've probably heard all about how much usage Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel is going to get, but early knee injuries between Michel and fellow back Rex Burkhead could have White off to a big start this season.
3. Houston Texans, D/ST
A fantasy defense certainly doesn't need any help landing on a list of draft picks that no one seems to be talking about, but the Houston Texans are a perfect fit. Houston fell from fantasy grace overall last season following the loss of JJ Watt, but with a healthy return in 2018, the Texans could be right back as a Top-3 defense this year.
2. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
Funny how much discussion surrounding a rookie coming into the league can change in just one season. McCaffrey's a great example of this. The former Top-10 NFL Draft pick from 2017 had a great rookie season, but no one seems to be talking about how much he could improve during his sophomore season. McCaffrey is a sure bet as a second-round fantasy pick, and don't let the relative silence surrounding his potential for improvement change your mind.
1. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson epitomizes this list. When was the last time you heard or read Wilson's name anywhere near fantasy content projecting potential? The guy finished last season as the No. 1 fantasy quarterback, and No. 2 overall player in ESPN standard PPR leagues. Wilson is the kind of talent that makes his receivers into good ones, not the other way around.
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