We’re exactly one week away from the start of the NFL regular season and the excitement around the new year is palpable.
Some fantasy football leagues have already completed their drafts, and general managers are fine-tuning their squads ahead of kick-off next Thursday. But for those who haven’t drafted their teams yet, we have a few last minute options you should consider adding for an extra punch to the bottom of your roster.
Here are some deep sleeper candidates you should be looking to pick up as you prepare for fantasy football season.
Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans
Collins is flying under the radar right now because general managers are afraid to sign Houston Texans players other than Brandin Cooks. But with a depleted receiving corps, Collins could be worth a flyer after showing some potential last season as a rookie.
The 23-year-old caught 33 passes for 446 yards and a touchdown last season with limited goals, averaging a fantastic 3.6 points per game. All signs point to him playing a bigger role on the Texans offense this season.
Sophomore QB Davis Mills should step up this season and produce more consistently, and should be able to pass the ball to Collins downfield week after week.
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
When first-string running back David Montgomery missed time through injury last season, Herbert took on the workload and did a terrific job in the star’s absence.
In weeks 5-8, Herbert carried the ball 78 times for 344 yards and added 44 yards through the air on 10 catches. Should Montgomery run into injury issues or struggle again in the final year of his current contract with the Bears, Herbert is an easy plug-and-play option for Chicago and the GMs Fantasy.
The 24-year-old is a no-brainer if you’re looking for sneaky value late in the draft.
Jalen Tolbert, WR, Dallas Cowboys
With James Washington expected to run out of time after injuring his foot in practice, Jalen Tolbert will be considered the second receiving option in the Cowboys’ offense behind star Ceedee Lamb.
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Taken with the 88th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Tolbert has the tools to make plays at the professional level after showing his ability to create separation as a standout in South Alabama. As a senior last season, the 23-year-old caught 82 passes for 1,474 yards and eight touchdowns.
With a solid and proven quarterback in Dak Prescott, Tolbert should see plenty of the ball and will surely be put in the right situations to make an impact in a relatively shallow Cowboys receiving body.
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