Fantasy football: 9 WR sleepers to draft in 2021

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The NFL and fantasy football seasons are practically here. It seems that everyone is hosting their drafts for the fantasy season. We’re here to help you prepare and give you a sense of what players will be good to target.

The receiver position can be a particularly important position for sleepers if you decide to load up on running backs in the early rounds. So we’ve been thorough in giving you sleepers you can target at a number of different points in the draft. We consider a sleeper as any player who will significantly outperform his average draft position (ADP). The ADPs listed in this article are drawn from FantasyPros.com for standard scoring drafts.

Adam Theilen, WR, Vikings -- 46th overall

Justin Jefferson's emergence shouldn't discourage people from targeting Theilen, who is sure to be an important member of the offense -- especially with tight end Irv Smith set to miss time. In 15 games in 2020, Theilen had 925 yards and 14 touchdowns. It's easy to imagine he'll continue to feast in the end zone, even if his reception totals don't hit the highs of his heyday in 2018 when he had 113 catches. Expect somewhere around 75 to 80 catches. Expect a healthy number of touchdowns.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Giants -- 73rd

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The Giants paid Kenny Golladay $72 million because they planned to get him involved in the offense in a big way. I don't care that he's got hamstring issues, even if they go back into last year. I don't care that an unimpressive Daniel Jones is Golladay's quarterback. The receiver is a special talent who will likely prove he can be productive, even in adverse circumstances (like what he has in New York). His ADP simply doesn't reflect his pure talent.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos -- 79th

With a rookie Drew Lock (and a few other, frankly, bad quarterbacks), Sutton managed 72 catches, 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns. With Teddy Bridgewater, Sutton should put together a really nice season. Sutton seems like a forgotten entity. Don't sleep on him.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Texans -- 99th

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Cooks has played for Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Deshaun Waston and Jared Goff. And so it seems people think Cooks will play at a lower level because Tyrod Taylor isn't the same caliber quarterback as Brees, Brady and Watson. But even with Goff, Cooks eclipsed 1,000 yards. There's no doubt the Texans will stink. But Cooks is one of the more reliable receivers when he's not dealing with concussion issues, and even so, he's missed just three games in the last six seasons. Draft him and enjoy having the perfect fill-in option.

Laviska Shenault, WR, Jaguars -- 105th

The Jaguars are likely to trail most of their games, but with Trevor Lawrence at quarterback, they have hope of putting up huge fantasy numbers, even if they're not going to win many games. If Lawrence is throwing all game long, he's sure to find Shenault, a receiver with plenty of physical talent.

Corey Davis, WR, Jets -- 106th

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Remember when Davis was the fifth overall pick in 2017? He is a uniquely talented pass-catcher who managed 65 catches for 984 yards and five touchdowns as the second option in Tennessee last year. In 2021, he is likely to be the No. 1 target in a Jets offense that will throw the ball a lot. Quarterback Zach Wilson has looked sharp -- and particularly when he's throwing to Davis. This is a sneakily good situation for the receiver.

Marquez Callaway, WR, Saints -- 130th

We're getting into deep sleeper territory. But I like to make sure I'm helping people who play in keeper and 14-person leagues. Callaway is one of the top options in a Sean Payton offensive which will feature Jameis Winston. Say what you want about Winston -- he's a fantasy football monster. Payton also always sets his quarterbacks up for success. Callaway is line for a massive target share.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots -- 177rd

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Meyers isn't likely to be a huge touchdown scorer in New England's offense. Few of the Patriots' slot receivers are. But he will rack up receptions, perhaps as many as 100. That's the kind of potential target share that's worth a pick at this point in the draft.

Bryan Edwards, WR, Raiders -- 183rd

He's a starter on a Raiders offense that features Darren Waller, Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow. Waller will shine, as usual. Past that? Edwards has a golden opportunity to turn into something special in 2021. And he's getting plenty of hype in Las Vegas. Edwards will probably put up better stats than Ruggs and Renfrow. WIN YOUR FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE: The Huddle has you covered -- Sleepers, custom rankings & much more. TAKE 20% OFF* with code sleeper21. *New customer offer, cannot combine offers. Expires 9/8/21.

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