Imagine how plain your fantasy team would look if you completely ignored the bargain bin stuffed with potential breakout performers. Not only are sleepers fun to own, but drafting the next William Karlsson could put you one step closer to world domination – or, at the very least, a virtual title.
While players can burst onto the scene for any number of reasons, the picks below are subjectively included with the promise of an increased role and/or having shown enough in past seasons to justify a hard look in just about any format.
Ondrej Kase, Anaheim Ducks
Kase is an exciting player due to his propensity for the highlight-reel goal and pulling through in the clutch. The Czech winger was remarkably efficient this past season, notching 20 goals – including five game-winners – and 38 points while averaging just below 14 minutes per game. Kase has also started 55.6 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone over 119 regular-season games, but we're also talking about an underrated line defender, as evidenced by his career plus-17 rating. A casual fantasy player paging through the Ducks roster might overpay for a more recognizable name like Corey Perry, but Kase is pound-for-pound the smarter option due to his upside.
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes
Aho is a sleeper in a relative sense. While he won't be a forgotten man on the heels of a 65-point (29 goals, 36 assists) sophomore campaign that topped all Hurricanes, there's reason to