The following is a quick look at 7 dynasty sleepers you should either be targeting late in your draft or monitoring heading into the 2023 season.
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Deuce Vaughn | RB
Dallas Cowboys, 6th Round Pick, 212th Overall
Deuce Vaughn's size limitations, age, and college usage saw him fall to a sixth-round pick. But anyone that saw Vaughn play in college knows he has the chops to play at the NFL level. With Zeke gone and Tony Pollard assuming the full-time role, there are carries and pass-catching downs to be had in Dallas. Vaughn has terrific hands clearing 40 catches in each of his past two seasons. With only Malik Davis and Ronald Jones to leapfrog, Vaughn could see productive PPR playing time next season. He's never going to be an RB1, but getting a potentially startable PPR flex player in the 4th round of your dynasty draft is a tremendous value.
Keaton Mitchell | RB
Baltimore Ravens, Undrafted
A shocking undrafted player in my opinion, Keaton Mitchell was a big play machine at East Carolina, leveraging his elite top-end speed to hit home runs. You can usually overlook undrafted players, but Mitchell is someone you will want to keep an eye on both due to his speed and because he landed in the league's premier rushing offense. With JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards trading injuries over the past two years and Justice Hill unable to make his mark, Mitchell could get a real hard look at some point, and if he excels, look out.
Charlie Jones | WR
Cincinnati Bengals, 4th Round Pick, 131st Overall
Charlie Jones was a little slept on in the pre-draft process despite elite production at Purdue with 110 catches and 1,361 yards. However, his 4.3 forty at the combine followed by the day-two draft capital invested by the Cincinnati Bengals make him a fantasy player to watch. It's a stacked depth chart of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, but both Higgins and Boyd are free agents after this season, and it's highly unlikely they sign both. Boyd has been productive as the third fiddle and posted WR2 numbers when Chase and/or Higgins have been hurt. All this to say, Jones could be a great hold looking toward 2024 at the cost of a 4th round dynasty pick.
Tyler Scott | WR
Chicago Bears, 4th Round Pick, 133rd Overall
Scott was profiled as an extremely explosive player in college and followed that up with a terrific combine including a near 4.4 forty, a 40-inch vertical, and a top-rated broad jump. While undersized, he seeks contact and is a menace with the ball in his hands. His Chicago landing spot also screams upside. Not only does he have a very clear path to usage (I'm not much of a Claypool believer at this point,) but has a potentially ascending quarterback in Justin Fields. If he can get on the field and build a rapport with an improving Fields, Scott could be a fantasy asset.
Puka Nacua | WR
Los Angeles Rams, 5th Round Pick, 177th Overall
Puka Nacua doesn't blow anyone away with his athleticism or long speed, which has a lot of dynasty players overlooking him. But he has elite ball skills and is better than advertised after the catch. If used in a possession role, Nacua could carve out a successful PPR role for the Rams, and ultimately, your dynasty team. Outside of Cooper Kupp, the Rams are desperate for difference-makers at the wide receiver position so it wouldn't be shocking to see Nacua getting reps early next season. With Matt Stafford back, and the Rams potentially playing a lot of games from behind, Nacua should be monitored.
AT Perry | WR
New Orleans Saints, 6th Round Pick, 195th Overall
I was a little surprised that Perry, who has elite measurables, fell to the 6th round in a pretty average wide receiver class. However, the landing spot is a favorable one in New Orleans. Derek Carr offers a stable quarterbacking situation, and for all the hate he gets, he should be able to support multiple pass-catchers for fantasy purposes. And then there's the depth chart. Chris Olave is locked as WR1, but Michael Thomas has missed 80% of his games the last three seasons, Rashid Shaheen is more of a situational player, and then you get down to the likes of James Washington and Tre'Quan Smith. You have to like Perry's chances to get on the field sooner rather than later, and he has the ability to produce in the NFL. All of the above is a highly appealing profile for a third-round dynasty pick.
Zach Kuntz TE
New York Jets, 7th Round Pick, 220th Overall
Zach Kuntz is a 6'7", 255-pound monster out of Old Dominion. Because of that, ODU centered the majority of their offense around Kuntz and his pass-catching abilities. An injury robbed him of most of his final year, and Kuntz has only played 15 college games, so he's incredibly raw. But he also has speed and size that you can't teach. Behind Tyler Conklin and CJ Uzomah, it's unlikely Kuntz sees the field any time soon, but he has the ability to pass both those players in year 2. I'd label him as more of a monitor than must draft, but keep Kuntz on your radar, especially if he starts seeing any semblance of playing time.
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