8 Potential Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2019

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2019


A Sleeper is a player who should surpass his average draft position (ADP) by the time the season is over. The best part about finding a good sleeper is that you'll get much more value for him compared to where you drafted him. The problem with a good sleepers is that they tend to be the worst kept secrets.

8 Potential Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2019

PlayerCLE Baker Mayfield (QB)
If you're looking for the next Patrick Mahomes without paying full price, Baker Mayfield is your best bet in the sixth round. Mayfield was on a 4,300-yard, 33-touchdown pace as a starter in 2018 that was only better if you look just at the games with Freddie Kitchens in charge (4,508 yards, 38 touchdowns). Now add Odell Beckham to the equation, and Mayfield is one of a handful of quarterbacks for whom you can make a coherent argument as the best in Fantasy.

Baker Mayfield's Rankings Among All QB's

STD
5th
PPR
5th
Half-Pt PPR
5th

PlayerCAR Curtis Samuel (WR)
Curtis Samuel is the kind of weapon who needs the ball in his hands wherever he can get it, and the Panthers started realizing that last season. His continued emergence makes him a high-upside mid-round target for Fantasy, as the Panthers continue to figure how to get the most out of him. He averaged 59.6 yards per game over his final five contests, with 40 targets, and most of that came either with a limited Cam Newton or a backup. A threat to take it to the house every time he touches it, expect Samuel to get a lot more chances in 2019.

Curtis Samuel's Rankings Among All WR's

STD
41st
PPR
38th
Half-Pt PPR
38th

PlayerLAR Darrell Henderson (RB)
Is Darrell Henderson the man who will help Todd Gurley keep a lighter workload? If so, the justification for taking him anywhere between late Round 5 and the end of Round 7 is pretty obvious. The explosive Henderson averaged 8.9 yards per run last year at Memphis with 27 total touchdowns in 13 games, proving to also be adept in the passing game. Rams general manager Les Snead let it slip that Henderson brought a "Kamara element" to the field, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him used that way. That might mean as many as 10 touches per week when Gurley is healthy -- and way more if Gurley misses playing time with his arthritic knee. Henderson is a must-draft for anyone who takes Gurley, but he's also going to be one of the most popular breakout picks of 2019. His popularity will also be felt in rookie-only drafts as a pick between seventh and 14th overall.

Darrell Henderson's Rankings Among All RB's

STD
35th
PPR
41st
Half-Pt PPR
38th

PlayerARI Christian Kirk (WR)
Christian Kirk has the chance to be a quality Fantasy receiver in 2019, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 6 in all leagues. Under the circumstances of the Cardinals poor offense in 2018, it was a pleasant surprise to see Kirk perform adequately as a rookie and help Fantasy players before suffering a foot injury in Week 13. He missed the final four games of the season, but he's fine now. And before getting hurt, Kirk scored double digits in PPR points in six of his final 10 games. With quarterback Kyler Murray and coach Kliff Kingsbury, there's a lot to like about this Arizona offense. And even with the addition of Hakeem Butler and Andy Isabella to go with Larry Fitzgerald, we should still see Kirk get a healthy amount of targets. Kirk is worth trusting as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with the chance to be a starting option by the end of the year.

Christian Kirk's Rankings Among All WR's

STD
35th
PPR
34th
Half-Pt PPR
35th

PlayerNE N'Keal Harry (WR)
The Patriots selected rookie receiver N'Keal Harry in the first round of the NFL Draft from Arizona State, and he should be considered a potential starter for the receiver-needy New England offense. This offseason, the Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski (retired), Josh Gordon (suspended), Chris Hogan (Carolina) and Cordarrelle Patterson (Chicago), and Harry will likely compete with Phillip Dorsett for a starting job. Harry should at least be No. 3 on the depth chart, and he's worth drafting with a late-round pick in all seasonal leagues. In rookie-only drafts, Harry could be the first receiver off the board given his expected role in New England, as well as playing with Tom Brady.

N'Keal Harry's Rankings Among All WR's

STD
47th
PPR
53rd
Half-Pt PPR
48th

PlayerIND Parris Campbell (WR)
Parris Campbell has a chance to emerge as the No. 2 option for Andrew Luck from Day One, making him a worthwhile gamble in the seventh or eighth round. Even in the NFL, you don't often see athletes like Campbell, who ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine while weighing in over 200 pounds - T.Y. Hilton weighed in at 183 when he ran his 4.39 40, for reference. Campbell won't overtake Hilton as the top option, but the potential for a strong rookie season is already here.

Parris Campbell's Rankings Among All WR's

STD
59th
PPR
63rd
Half-Pt PPR
60th

PlayerHOU Keke Coutee (WR)
Keke Coutee emerged as the Texans' best slot receiver last year and should be right back in there this year. On the field for only seven games as a rookie because of hamstring issues, Coutee regularly was a short-area target for Deshaun Watson (only five deep targets on the year including playoffs). Four of his seven games saw him get at least seven targets, resulting in at least 12 PPR points in each and 17 PPR points in three of them. Coutee has good PPR potential right away and some offseason hype suggests a breakout year. However, if injuries force Coutee into a larger role, he could become a weekly Fantasy starter (even in non-PPR formats). Round 9 is not too early to spend on Coutee in full PPR, but wait until at least late Round 10 to get him if catches don't count.

Keke Coutee's Rankings Among All WR's

STD
42nd
PPR
41st
Half-Pt PPR
42nd

PlayerOAK Tyrell Williams (WR)
The Raiders signed receiver Tyrell Williams to a four-year, $44 million contract this season, and he's expected to start opposite Antonio Brown. Williams should have the chance for a healthy amount of targets in Oakland, which wasn't always the case with the Chargers. In 2018, Williams only had three games with more than five targets, and he only scored double digits in PPR in four outings. We saw in 2016 when Keenan Allen was out for the Chargers with a torn ACL that Williams could be a quality Fantasy option. That season, Williams scored at least 12 PPR points in 10 games. He might not perform at that level with the Raiders, but that would be the hope since he should get more passes thrown in his direction. He's worth drafting in all leagues with a late-round pick.

Tyrell Williams's Rankings Among All WR's

STD
51st
PPR
59th
Half-Pt PPR
55th


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