There is no doubt that this year’s NFL draft is producing one of the deepest fantasy talent pools in several years. While there is no super-elite prospects in this draft such as Adrian Peterson (though Leonard Fournette comes close) or Larry Fitzgerald, there is an upper echelon of quality that goes 10 deep in my estimation and includes Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Corey Davis, Mike Williams, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, John Ross, OJ Howard, Christian McCaffrey and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
These 10 players will ensure that the first round of most rookie drafts will provide a high caliber target that has a high chance to succeed in the NFL. Here is a list of sleepers, including DMX scores (find out what this score represents here) that I am eyeing for the middle rounds of rookie drafts that have a higher than normal chance for elite fantasy production:
- Brian Hill, RB, 0.88 DMX Score – Coming out of Wyoming doesn’t get you a ton of followers in NFL circles. Hill hit’s all of the measurables though as he’s NFL size for an RB at 6’1″ and 219 lbs. He has a positive speed score, power score and athleticism score overall and he was very productive at Wyoming. When you watch him play, he’s aggressive and agile enough to move through traffic. As a mid-round pick in the NFL draft, if he goes to the right team he could vie for playing time his rookie season.
- Marlon Mack – 0.74 DMX Score – Mack played at South Florida and showed good speed and play-making ability there. He’s a not small at 213 lbs. but needs to bulk up a bit, especially in the lower body. He’s another RB that can be a producer as a third down back to start until he learns the pro game a bit more.
- Cooper Kupp – 0.68 DMX Score – He lit it up against lesser competition and then showed very well at the Senior Bowl against NFL quality prospects. He did have a disappointing combine though and that is the only stain on his record. His speed is well below average and overall athleticism leaves a bit to be desired but on the field he has done well so someone will give him a chance. He may need some time to develop but could be a sneaky pick on the mid-rounds of a dynasty rookie draft.