By Brendan Taffe
We asked members of our staff to name a sleeper who could be a league winner this year. Here are their responses.
Sleeper who can be league winner:
- Brendan Taffe @BCTAFFE – Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs: He’s being drafted after multiple Giants WRs, Mitch Trubisky’s WR2, and a handful of rookies. He can be an instant touchdown whenever Mahomes throws it deep, and if Tyreek misses any time… watch out.
- Ryan Bickerstaff @thedevydirtbag – Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders: Carr finished as QB17 in 2019 despite Darren Waller being his only legitimate receiving weapon. In 2020, Carr has a newly stocked stable of receiving threats, including rookies Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards, and second-year running back Josh Jacobs who recently said he wants to make 60 receptions. A borderline top-12 finish is not out of the question.
- JJ Wenner @JJWenner – N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots: Cam Newton has averaged a little under 32 pass attempts per game. His WR1 averages 116 targets and 6 TDs per season. His WR1s have ranged from great (Steve Smith) to horrible (Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn). If Harry has any talent, and we all believed he was better than Benjamin/Funchess/Ginn, he can easily finish as a WR2.
- Duncan Smith @duncafc – Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints: Sleeper league winner? Famous Jameis, gunslinger, New Orleans, old man Brees, injury, Michael Thomas… ‘Drops Mike’.
- Jared Clifton @unstuckintime82 – Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers: The three seasons that Tyrod was at the helm in Buffalo, his teams finished 1st, 1st and 6th in rushing yards. That’s what this season should look like for the former longtime RB’s coach Anthony Lynn’s offense and the Chargers will need some thunder to Ekelers’ lightning. Jackson had his shot and has been pedestrian and Kelley is a top athlete who showed he can carry the load in a poor Bruins offense. Even if/when Herbert comes in this year, a good running game is a rookie QB’s best friend.
- Nick DaSilva @NickDizzle17 – Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos: Had a good season last year on a struggling offense. Phil was very efficient, especially in the redzone. Expect the offense to take a step forward and at this ADP if Melvin Gordon gets hurt or doesn’t perform Phil can be a league winner.
- Blair Pierroz @BlairPierroz – Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees is going to rely more on the run game this year as he starts to age out. NO brought in Murray to fill the Mark Ingram role, and I expect them to utilize him in a similar role to the one Ingram played in 2017. It’s a long shot, but he has a top 10 ceiling with a fairly solid floor.
- Don Detwiler – Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh. When you come in as a rookie and catch 59 for 680 yds and 5 TDs from a dude named Duck and another dude whose most notable accomplishment is getting beat with a helmet, there are big things in your future.
- Kyle Allen @kallen_4 – Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers: Everyone expected Green Bay to dip into the incredible wide receiver pool in this year’s draft, and they didn’t even sniff it. With that being said, someone needs to step up as the secondary receiver on the Frozen Tundra. Who better than Allen Lazard, the 6’ 5” Iowa State product who has a Player Profiler comp to Marques Colston and MockDraftable comps to Kenny Golladay and Josh Gordon. He has quickly built a rapport with QB, Aaron Rodgers who reportedly begged coaches to get Lazard more playing time towards the end of last year, which paid off for Lazard as he saw 17 targets over the last two weeks, which he translated into 114 yards and a TD. These numbers are far from elite, but for a guy currently being drafted as the WR64 in PPR scoring, he is set up to be a late round steal as the clear cut WR2 in a fantastic offense.
- Matthew Walters @M_Walt_10 – Drew Lock, Denver Broncos: Everybody loves all the weapons for Denver. Sutton, Jeudy, and Noah Fant should all look to take a step this year. It does not make sense to have all these weapons but no love for Lock. Look for Lock to take a step and vastly outplay his ADP. Reminds me a lot of 2019 season when Winston was going late but everybody loved all his weapons.
- Josh Frey @freyj3773 – Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team: Buying in to the massive hype surrounding this guy. The opportunity is there with only old man Peterson in front of him on the depth chart and with his background at WR I think we’ll see a number of different looks designed to get him the ball. The guy had limited touches at Memphis, but he made them count; explosive is the one word that comes to mind.
- Blake Koppen @BlakeKoppenFF – Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys: Jarwin falls into the category of players that are undervalued on statistics alone. In 2019, Jarwin played behind Jason Witten, who was 8th in TE targets with 83. Now that Witten is gone, Jarwin could easily see that many targets and has room to take a little more considering the total 126 TE targets the Cowboys had last year. He is a bit unproven, but his 11.8 yards per reception in 2019 shows a potentially bright future, and none of his metrics from last year were concerning. If you miss out on Kelce, Kittle, and Andrews, you can wait until the late rounds of your draft and snag Jarwin as your starting TE well after guys like Hunter Henry, Rob Gronkowski, and Jared Cook are gone.
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