Sports Fantasy football sleepers: Which players to target late Josh Gordon was the NFL's leading receiver in 2013, but has played just five games since. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash By Scott Fontana firstname.lastname@example.org @Scott_Fontana August 18, 2016 8:50 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Winning in fantasy football takes a great deal of luck, but one of the best ways to create your own good fortune is through savvy late-round drafting. Ask anyone who stuck with David Johnson (RB, Cardinals) last season. The second-year pro, who wasn’t on most fantasy owners’ radar last August as a rookie, was a monster in December. He’s going to be a first-round pick in your league this year. Finding such hidden gems means keeping tabs on the waiver wire once the season is in progress as well as gambling on a few sleepers on draft day. If you’re looking for suggestions, here are a few for you to consider. I’ve sorted them into three categories. Middle rounds Many players will have the core of the team in place through seven rounds, so this group covers players in Rounds 8-11. Josh Gordon (WR, Browns) and Tyler Lockett (WR, Seahawks) have the highest upside on this tier. Gordon was a stud before off-the-field issues limited him to five games since 2013, and Lockett could become a WR2 by season’s end. Duke Johnson Jr. (RB, Browns) is in a carry split, but his value as a receiver makes him useful for a team likely to often abandon the running game. Those waiting until this point for a TE or QB could do worse than Zach Ertz (TE, Eagles) and Derek Carr (QB, Raiders), both of whom are capable of finishing in the top five at their positions. Late rounds In Rounds 12-14, owners are just filling out their bench. This is the perfect time to gamble. Laquon Treadwell (WR, Vikings) and Corey Coleman (WR, Browns) are two of the best rookie options at the position. Keep an eye on Tevin Coleman (RB, Falcons), who was to be in the mix for Atlanta’s carries before injury allowed teammate Devonta Freeman to become a fantasy superstar in 2015. If Freeman misses time or stumbles, Coleman may shine. Marcus Mariota (QB, Titans) and Jared Cook (TE, Packers) are good value picks. Fliers Most of the following players will go undrafted, but those who enjoy a little risk could use their final pick on one of them. Jerick McKinnon (RB, Vikings) will be the beneficiary if 31-year-old Adrian Peterson begins to decline. While Tom Brady (QB, Patriots) is only suspended for the first four games, fill-in Jimmy Garoppolo should be a solid play in his absense. Also viable options at this point are Chris Johnson (RB, Cardinals), Breshad Perriman (WR, Ravens) and Charles Clay (TE, Bills). By Scott Fontana email@example.com @Scott_Fontana Scott has been amNewYork's sports editor since 2012 and has more than a decade of experience covering sports. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.