“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your ordinary fantasy football start/sit article. Instead, our analyst duo of Seth Woolcock and Nate Polvogt highlighted lower-valued players that provided starting-caliber production for a specific week. These players were usually near the end of your bench or even on the waiver wire/free agency. With the offseason moving along and best ball drafts already underway, they highlight some of their favorite post-NFL Free Agency fantasy football sleepers for the 2023 season.
(Average Draft Position [ADP] data courtesy of Underdog Fantasy delivered via 4for4)
Post-NFL Free Agency 2023 Fantasy Football Sleepers
Jordan Love (QB, Green Bay) | 151 Overall ADP (QB23)
It’s been a while since football fans have had the pleasure of watching Jordan Love on a consistent basis. The 6 foot-3 inch, 224-pound QB looked the part his sophomore year at Utah State University, tossing 32 touchdowns to six interceptions. Quietly, Love scored seven rushing TDs in that 2018 season, showing prowess on the ground.
We have only seen Love in spurts throughout his three seasons in Green Bay. However, he looked much improved this season when he took over for Aaron Rodgers mid-game against the Eagles. He completed six of nine attempts for 113 yards and one TD, coming on a 63-yard getaway from Christian Watson.
He now gets a full offseason to learn an offense that Rodgers himself has called easy to run. Whether it’s been Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers or Daunte Culpepper, high-draft capital QBs who have sat behind good QBs have a track record of banning out. I don’t expect Love to have the same start to his career as Rodgers did, finishing as QB2 overall three times and QB1 overall twice in his first five seasons. Yet, I do expect him to be among the QB fantasy football sleepers, especially appealing in superflex or 2QB formats. – Seth Woolcock
Parris Campbell (WR, New York Giants) | 184 Overall ADP (WR81)
When Parris Campbell entered the league in 2019, there was a lot of hype for the talented pass catcher out of Ohio State University. However, he could not stay healthy in his first three seasons, playing 15 games in that span. All changed in 2022, with Campbell playing the full slate of 17 games.
While his stats weren’t eye-catching, it was encouraging that he was on the field and a contributing member of the Indianapolis offense. He finished the season as the overall Points Per Reception (PPR) WR48, amassing 623 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 63 receptions.
Now, heading into 2023, Campbell could compete for the WR1 role in a much improved New York Giants offense. If he can stay on the field and New York doesn’t pay up for a WR in the NFL Draft, Campbell should eclipse his 2022 marks. In best ball formats, you should be able to acquire him in the back end of drafts, making him one of this season’s intriguing fantasy football sleepers. – Nate Polvogt
Tyjae Spears (RB, Tulane Green Wave) | 164 Overall ADP (RB50)
Tyjae Spears is everything NFL teams will want in a possible committee-leading running back. He’s slick, with great vision, soft hands and a knack for finding paydirt. The Tulane University product was tied for the most combined touchdowns for an RB in College Football last year with 21, including this flashy game-winner:
Kai Horton came in clutch today for the Green Wave and delivers the winning TD pass to Tyjae Spears to seal the OT win!#AmericanFB x @GreenWaveFB pic.twitter.com/ECrC6WRVNZ
— American Football (@American_FB) October 1, 2022
Spears may not be a sleeper all offseason if he lands somewhere promising on day two of the NFL Draft. This includes but is not limited to the Chargers, Bills or Dolphins. He should find the field wherever he lands, thanks to his seventh-ranked pass-blocking grade, per Pro Football Focus (PFF).
When he does, he should make the most of his opportunity. He had 1,052 yards after contact last season, fifth best in College Football and 66 percent of his total yards. There is PPR RB2 upside here available for the price of most fantasy football sleepers at the position. – Woolcock
Jelani Woods (TE, Indianapolis Colts) | 209 Overall ADP (TE29)
Tight end is the most complicated position in fantasy football to find value in. Year after year, if you don’t draft one early, you’re likely left streaming the position all season. Occasionally, there’s a talent like Jelani Woods, who people seem to be sleeping on. Don’t let that be you.
Woods didn’t see much volume in the Colts’ offense in his rookie season. He was targeted a scant 40 times, resulting in 25 catches and three touchdown receptions. However, 2023 is a new season, and the Colts have a new head coach in Shane Steichen. Steichen was the architect of the Eagles’ NFC Champion offense that included tight end Dallas Goedert, who finished as the PPR TE5 on a points-per-game basis.
Woods will see an uptick in volume this upcoming season. That’s a no-brainer. The question remains of who will be under center, but it can’t harm his value at this price. Woods, at 6 foot-8 inches and 253 pounds, provides a reliable target, whether it’s Gardner Minshew or a rookie taking snaps. He is almost guaranteed to outperform his ADP, with a chance he finishes top-12 at the position in 2023. – Polvogt
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