In our 32-part annual report summer sleeper series, DLF scribes identify a lightly touted player on each NFL roster who might be worthy of your consideration. Our subjects all have different levels of “drowsiness”, but each deserves an in-depth discussion.
To help everyone, we will categorize our sleepers under one of three headings:
Super deep sleepers – Players who are not worthy of being in 12-team leagues, but still worth watching.
Deep Sleepers – A late roster player who is on the waiver wire most often in 12-team leagues.
Sleeper – A probably registered player who constitutes a good commercial target. Their startup ADP puts them out of the top 175 or so.
Because we’re not going to give you the tastes of traditional sleepers, most of these players will undoubtedly fizz. All we ask is that you keep an open mind and maybe be ready to make room for one of these players on your bench. You never know when the next Adam Thielen or James Robinson will arise. Feel free to add your own thoughts on our pick for Designated Sleeper, or nominate one of your own in the comments below.
Next in our series, the Miami Dolphins…
Myles Gaskin, RB MIA
Category: Deep Sleep
I can already hear the collective groans from readers, so I’ll try my best to show you why you shouldn’t give up on someone like Gaskin. It has plenty left in its tank and its price is also very good. First, let’s check its statistical history.
Statistics of Professional Football Reference.
It’s no wonder and I hope you weren’t expecting it, but if you take a look at the receiving stats to go along with his running stats, it might be a bit of an eye opener. Gaskin was top with Miami last year and finished RB26 overall, putting him in flex territory at worst. Considering the dumpster fire that the offense was, I think it’s an achievement for a Dolphins running back to be anywhere in the top 32.
I get that veterans Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert were brought into the fold and that put people off Gaskin, but in my opinion, that’s exactly why we should love him. At 5’10” and 195 pounds, he was never meant to be the point guard anyway.
Gaskin is better suited to the passing game, and the addition of Edmonds and Mostert means Gaskin can focus on the lows that matter to his game. I also don’t think Mostert can fully heal and withstand punishment. an entire NFL season, so Gaskin should be considered number two at worst at some point this season.
Given that most NFL teams use committee running back these days, I think it’s safe to assume that Gaskin will still generate about 30% of his team’s transfers, which equates to about 100 to 110 races. As a result, his stats may drop a bit, but even if it does, it will still outperform his ADP, which is 267 and RB83.
This means – even with a low projection – that Gaskin should outperform his ADP by far, making him a good deal overall. It can still be found on the waiver wire, and for pennies it can be obtained through trade. Here are some good examples I found using our trade finder tool.
Finally, I think we should look at the fact that Miami will be coached this year by first head coach Mike McDaniel, who spent the previous five seasons in San Francisco primarily as a running game coordinator, and his final season in as offensive coordinator. . The 49ers’ running game was among the NFL’s elite offenses during this period.
The team returns to third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a set of excellent pass-catchers in Mike Gesicki, Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, a deep threat. I think teams can focus on forcing the Dolphins to run the ball more, which will fall directly into the hands of McDaniel and his offensive plan, of which Gaskin will be one of the beneficiaries.
If you need depth to run, Gaskin is probably floating on the waiver wire right now. At worst, I think he will be a flex, and maybe an injury away from starting again in the 2022 season.