Fantasy: Super-deep sleepers for 2023

In an effort to shine a light on the unnoticed or outright ignored, we've built a list of players with average draft positions outside

the top 200 who could become fantasy relevant if things fall their way this season.

Keep these players on your watch list and be ready to pounce when their opportunity arises.

Clayton Tune, QB, Cardinals As Edwin Porras of Fantasy Points explained on theScore Fantasy Football Podcast, Kyler Murray's surgery to repair a torn ACL didn't take place until Jan. 3, 

which puts his earliest return date at late September or, more likely, October.

That leaves the door open for one of Arizona's backups to see starts for at least the opening month, if not longer.

Veteran Colt McCoy will enter training as the safest option, but in a year when the Cardinals are tied for the lowest projected win total -

the team might be more interested in finding out if it has something in fifth-round rookie Tune.

Tune got more first-team reps than expected with both Murray and McCoy sitting out OTAs due to injury, and several beat writers have speculated he'll be in the mix to start Week 1.

If you're in a superflex league, Tune is well worth an end-of-the-bench stash until we find out if he's up to the task.

Other super-deep sleeper QB candidates: Sam Darnold, 49ers - Brock Purdy's recovery from offseason elbow surgery puts his early-season availability in doubt, 

so San Francisco may need to find a short-term replacement in the opening weeks.

Trey Lance has the highest ceiling of any QB on the roster, but many people in and around the team have gone out of their way to praise Darnold this offseason.

Don't be surprised if Kyle Shanahan chooses Darnold over Lance in as Purdy's immediate backup.

Jarrett Stidham, Broncos - Russell Wilson is coming off a down year, but Denver's front office is hopeful that the arrival of Sean Payton will get him back on track.

If his struggles continue, Stidham is waiting in the wings following his strong finish as the Raiders' starter over the final two weeks last season.

Mike White, Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa's concussion history increases the fantasy value of his backup.

White had back-to-back 300-yard performances in relief duty for the Jets last year and was brought in to be an insurance policy in the event Tagovailoa misses time again.

With Miami's talented receiving corps, White would be a must-add waiver wire option if he's needed to start.

Jordan Mason, RB, 49ers Josh Reynolds, WR, Lions Cole Turner, TE, Commanders


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