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3 Late-Round Rookie Sleepers for Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Drafts

Max Staley
Dyami Brown is one of the top late-round rookie fantasy football sleepers for dynasty leagues this year.
Dyami Brown is one of the top late-round rookie fantasy football sleepers for dynasty leagues this year. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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The 2021 NFL Draft has come and gone, which means fantasy football managers in dynasty leagues have a ton of research to do.

While guys like Ja'Marr Chase, Najee Harris and Trevor Lawrence standout as some of the most obvious targets from this year's rookie class, there's a ton of late-round value to be had as well.

With that in mind, here are three of the best late-round rookie sleepers for fantasy football dynasty leagues this season.

Fantasy Football Dynasty Sleepers

3. Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans (Round 3, Pick 89)

The Houston Texans gave up a ton to go get Michigan Wolverines wideout Nico Collins. First-year general manager Nick Caserio sent picks No. 109 and 154 along with a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for No. 89. That's an outrageous amount of draft capital to give up, especially considering how little Houston had to work with. But taking a look at the Texans' roster, it's not hard to see why they made the move. With Brandin Cooks serving as the No. 1, Collins will be competing with the likes of Randall Cobb and Keke Coutee for No. 2 duties. It's a role he could easily win. Collins brings a massive 6-foot-4 frame to the table, while the 5-foot-11 Coutee is the tallest among the other Texans wideouts. Collins could be playing a primary role, particularly in the red zone, on a team that should be trailing early and often in 2021. That's a recipe for fantasy success.

2. Dyami Brown, WR, Washington Football Team (Round 3, Pick 82)

The Washington Football Team completed their offensive overhaul in the NFL Draft, landing UNC's Dyami Brown in Round 3. He's should slot in as this team's No. 3 wide receiver from day one, playing behind Terry McLaurin and the recently-signed Curtis Samuel. Brown profiles as a very similar player to McLaurin at the next level. Both are undersized burners who generate separation with a lethal combination of speed and route-running ability. With Ryan Fitzpatrick slinging the rock all over the field, the No. 3 role could be quite valuable in Washington, especially if it's a dynamic talent like Brown, who Chris Simms ranked as the third-best WR in the 2021 class.

1. Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers (Round 6, Pick 194)

The San Francisco 49ers spent a Day 2 pick on Ohio State standout Trey Sermon. In fact, they traded up to land the RB, which could signal how much Kyle Shanahan values him. While he'll be the buzzier 49ers rookie RB heading into drafts, Elijah Mitchell could present the real value. By all accounts, Mitchell is a perfect fit for what Shanahan likes to do offensively. He's got great vision, makes one cut and takes off. And when he does, look out. The kid ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the Senior Bowl and is tough to bring down with his 5-foot-11, 215-pound frame. He has all the makings of a late-round RB that Shanahan turns into a 1,000-yard rusher out of nowhere. Plus, he should be very cheap when draft day rolls around.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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