Armstrong. Columbus. De Soto. Polo. Hillary. These famous explorers discovered new lands and sites on this planet and beyond, thus becoming immortalized.
The vast majority of fantasy football owners, or at least the common and likely accurate stereotypes, share little in common with such daredevils. That doesn't mean they don't have plenty of explorer traits within despite the nerd vibe or voluminous beer-drinking exterior.
Outside of winning a league title, there's no better feeling than having discovered the breakout rookie running back or planted a flag in that quarterback poised for a comeback season. There's also almost no better way to claim victory than nailing your middle-to-late round selections.
There are always hits and misses when projecting players who could potentially outkick their draft status. Last year was no exception.
On my positive ledger, Matt Ryan's QB20 ADP (Average Draft Position) seemed crazy low considering the Julio Jones factor and Ryan's own gunslinging history. He finished the season No. 2 among all quarterbacks behind Aaron Rodgers.
Meanwhile, Jamison Crowder and Sterling Shepard emerged as slot threats worthy of fantasy starts and Jordan Howard ("who could emerge as the Bears' leading rusher) did as hoped. On the other side, Redskins RB Matt Jones lost his job midway through the season, Dorial Green-Beckham was sent packing and Kenneth Dixon never took off.
Them the breaks when looking at sleepers. Even though the misses can sting, the hits are intoxicating -- and why we can't wait to go exploring the next time.
The new list includes a rookie running back poised to lead his team in carries whose name isn't Leonard Fournette or Joe Mixon; two veteran quarterbacks with new weapons; and a rising second-year tight end set to start for one of the NFL's most explosive offenses.