13. Jaylen Samuels, Steelers (Sleeper)
With Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown both gone, the Steelers have a lot of productivity to replace, and Samuels figures to help make up for their absence. As a rookie, he didn’t get much of an opportunity until the last week of the season. But he made the most of his opportunity, accumulating 172 all-purpose yards in a game against the Patriots.
His versatility may actually be what makes Samuels so intriguing. He was actually listed as a tight end for most of his college career. Even if the Steelers use him primarily as a running back, Samuels should catch plenty of passes. Pittsburgh will also find ways to put him and starting running back James Conner on the field at the same time. In short, Samuels will get plenty of reps, regardless of where he lines up, giving him a chance to rack up big-time fantasy points this season.
12. Darren Waller, Raiders (Sleeper)
Waller may be the definition of a deep sleeper in fantasy drafts. He’s been suspended twice, including a season-long suspension in 2017, for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Of course, it’s a lot easier to take a chance on a player with character issues in fantasy football than in actual football. He also has just 18 career receptions and four career starts under his belt.
That being said, Waller is in line to be Oakland’s starting tight end this season with Jared Cook leaving the Raiders during the off-season. He played wide receiver in college, albeit in Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense, so he has the skills to be a pass catcher in the NFL. Waller will likely get the reps he needs to be an impact fantasy tight end, it’s just a matter of him taking advantage of his opportunity. Considering his upside, he’s worth the risk if you can get him in the later rounds.