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Atlanta Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu played last season for the Cincinnati Bengals (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

Atlanta Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu played last season for the Cincinnati Bengals (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

Some of the most important draft decisions come in the mid to late rounds. These are the picks that bolster your depth and give you the option of plug-and-play depending on the week-to-week matchups. They also become necessary if the injury bug plagues your starting line-up. Players like Allen Robinson were drafted late last year before having a breakout season and finishing as a WR1 on many teams. Who will be the Allen Robinson of 2016? We have compiled a list of 8 sleepers that you should pick up late in the draft to strengthen your roster.

Paul Perkins, RB

Maybe I’m just loyal to anyone who played at UCLA, but I love Perkins as a potential late round pick. He has a shot to get significant touches and potentially take over the starting gig early. The Giants haven’t produced a solid fantasy starter at the position in quite some time so early production could benefit as he might already be the most complete RB on the roster. Levi Lefler

Mohamed Sanu, WR

With the departure of Roddy White, Sanu is the clear number two receiver on the Falcons depth chart. Julio Jones will consistently pull double-teams throughout the season leaving Sanu with 1-on-1 matchups. Since joining the team, Sanu has been working with QB Matt Ryan to build a chemistry and create more balance within the offense that should see him getting 60-70 targets. Ryan Dyrud

Arian Foster, RB

It’s a little strange to list Foster as a sleeper as he is normally a top 5 back. He was picked by the Dolphins earlier this months but reports have him listed behind Jay Ajayi on the team depth chart. However, Foster’s abilities are immeasurable and if healthy, I expect him to take over the starting duties once he fully grasps the new offense. I wouldn’t reach for him, but if he is available in the middle rounds, definitely snatch him up.  Levi Lefler

Kamar Aiken, WR

After becoming a reliable option in the passing game last year in week 8, Aiken’s averaged 15.7 fantasy points per game (PPR) and had a low of 10.8. Most of this came after Joe Flacco got hurt. With Flacco back, expect big numbers from the 3rd year receiver. Levi Lefler

Devontae Booker, RB

The Broncos may have gotten one of the steals of the draft nabbing Utah running back Devontae Booker in the 4th round. Booker was highly touted as one of the top running backs in all of college in 2015 before going down with a knee injury. His knee is 100% now and he is impressing at Broncos training camp. So much so that it has been reported that he has passed Ronnie Hillman as the number two back in the backfield. In a Kubiak zone system, expect Booker to challenge Anderson for touches throughout the season. If he is available late in the draft, grab him to beef up your RB depth. Ryan Dyrud

Travis Benjamin, WR

Benjamin had 966 yards receiving last year. On the Browns. In 15 games. He now finds himself in a much better passing attack in San Diego with a much more competent QB in Rivers. Great value if he falls past the 10th round. Levi Lefler

Terrelle Pryor, WR

Pryor is strictly a boom-or-bust option in 10-12 team leagues. The first two preseason games have shown us his ability to make big plays and bust a game wide open, but it is still very unknown how much of an impact he can have as an every-down receiver. If he finishes the preseason as a consistent long-ball threat, then he will be worthy of a late-round pick, similar to that of Torrey Smith in past years. Ryan Dyrud

Sterling Shepard, WR

Easily in the best situation as far as rookie WRs go. Playing opposite ODB will only help him get more open looks, and he has the hands and speed to be a matchup nightmare out of the slot. Levi Lefler

 

Ryan Dyrud

Author Ryan Dyrud

Founder and CEO of SportsAlDente.com. Grew up in Denver with a passion for all sports and an emphasis on the NFL. Moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Leisure Services (Yes the Van Wilder degree). My opinions are my own, but they should be yours too.

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