Fantasy: 7 sleepers to grab at the end of your draft
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The first few picks of a fantasy draft typically gain the most attention, but they are also normally the easiest to make. It's hard to make a truly bad decision when choosing between the league's biggest stars in the opening rounds.

Generally, the way to win your league is by hitting on players late in the draft who will provide top-end value. Here are seven sleepers who can lead your fantasy team to a title.

Brandon Saad, LW/RW, Avalanche

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2019-20 season stats

GP G A P 2021 Yahoo ADP
58 21 12 33 167.7

Saad has quietly been a steady producer throughout his career, hovering around the 20-goal and 50-point mark each year. He's in an excellent situation this year, playing on a stacked Colorado Avalanche team. Saad figures to kick off the season on the second line with Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky, and the trio should combine to provide some much-needed secondary scoring to the club. If he finds himself on the ice with Nathan MacKinnon, he'll be even better. Saad's a versatile winger who will look to be a key player for one of the league's top teams.

Josh Anderson, RW, Canadiens

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2019-20 season stats

GP G A P 2021 Yahoo ADP
26 1 3 4 178.9

Expectations are sky-high for Anderson with the Montreal Canadiens after he inked a seven-year, $38.5-million deal. Anderson ranked 43rd in the league in hits and added 46 goals and 77 points during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. He's adamant that he's fully recovered from the shoulder injury that limited him last season, which means the bruising winger can return to his days of delivering in multiple categories. Montreal desperately needs someone to step up and score goals this season, and all eyes will be on Anderson to answer the call.

Kaapo Kakko, RW, Rangers

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2019-20 season stats

GP G A P 2021 Yahoo ADP
63 10 13 23 163.5

Kakko's rookie season was rather forgettable for a second overall pick, but it can really only get better. He looked like one of the best players on the New York Rangers' roster when the club briefly partook in the league's return to play during the summer. The Rangers have an abundance of wingers, but Kakko will certainly be given a chance to crack the top six, and if he can secure his spot, he has the potential to put up some serious numbers.

Alex Tuch, LW/RW, Golden Knights

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2019-20 season stats

GP G A P 2021 Yahoo ADP
42 8 9 17 166.9

Tuch led the Vegas Golden Knights in goals (eight) during the team's postseason run and did so while playing less than 16 minutes per game. He was hampered by an injury during the regular season but set career highs of 20 goals and 32 assists the year before. The 24-year-old contributes in multiple categories across the board and is poised for another solid season on one of the league's most dominant puck-possession teams. He can find himself playing a much bigger role if Max Pacioretty or Jonathan Marchessault is moved before the season due to cap concerns.

Robert Thomas, C/RW, Blues

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2019-20 season stats

GP G A P 2021 Yahoo ADP
66 10 32 42 N/A

Thomas continues to fly under the radar as he enters his third NHL campaign. It isn't exactly clear where Thomas will be slotted in the lineup this upcoming season, but he could find himself skating on the top line with Vladimir Tarasenko set to miss some time. He's still just 21 years old and coming off a strong sophomore season after a solid rookie campaign. He could be one of the biggest bargain picks of the year.

Matt Grzelcyk, D, Bruins

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2019-20 season stats

GP G A P Yahoo Fantasy ADP
68 4 17 21 167.5

It remains to be seen whether Zdeno Chara will return to the Boston Bruins for another year, but Grzelcyk will be in line for a massive increase in workload if the veteran walks away. Grzelcyk could have the first crack at playing alongside Charlie McAvoy on the team's top defensive pairing and also be tasked with manning the second power-play unit. The 26-year-old set a career high of 21 points last season and will look to build on that with a much larger role.

Kevin Shattenkirk, D, Ducks

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2019-20 season stats

GP G A P Yahoo Fantasy ADP
70 8 26 34 154.0

After a few underwhelming seasons, Shattenkirk looked like his old self last year. He finished the campaign with the 39th-most shots on goal among defensemen (131) and was tied for 31st in points in just under 19 minutes of ice time per game. He followed that up with a dominant postseason, during which he posted 13 points in 25 games and was an integral player on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup-winning squad. He seems set to start the season paired with Cam Fowler on the Anaheim Ducks and should be fed offensive-zone starts and power-play time as a result.

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