2019 Fantasy Football Sleeper Picks
Everyone want to get the best players at the best draft position for their fantasy football teams. This is the basis of your team, allowing you to develop your starting lineup, make trades, and do whatever is necessary to win. Or at least not come in last place and have to do whatever terrible punishment your league has in place. I do not claim to be the best fantasy drafter, and I am downright terrible at making trades. But last year my 2 underdogs were decents players for me. Geronimo Allison was my dark horse pick, and although he was was not my best reciever, he did quite well for being my last round pick. Derrick Henry was my other sleeper, but he did not become a key player until late in the season. I see Henry improving this year, especially with the limited receiving core of the Titans, but time will tell. Let’s look at my favorites by position.
Brady, Mahomes, and Rodgers are always QB favorites, but I have never been a fan of using an earlier round pick on the QB position when you have good options available in rounds 5-7. I mean, Mahomes has been unreal, but there are other young quarterbacks who have shown success and are in line to make a splash if they keep improving. First and foremost is Mitch Trubisky. Taylor Gabriel has been showing great improvement, and Tarik Cohen has shown his ability to catch out of the back field. Also don’t forget about Trey Burton who is a great goal line threat for a quick pass.
Another young quarterback to watch for is Sam Darnold. His performance last year was underwhelming, but he has some new assets to work with this year. For starters, the team has a new head coach. Adam Gase has been all over the league and worked in various roles for different teams. This should help in drawing up new strategies. Also, with the addition of Le’Veon Bell, some of the pressure is off of Darnold’s shoulders. The defense will be very careful to watch for Bell’s explsoive nature, which may translate to less blitz plays and a more cautious defense.
There are a number of running backs that I would love to see do well this year, but it is likely that many of them will not. With some movement in the league, Duke Johnson is one of my favorites for a breakout year with his new team, the Houston Texans. The younf running has proven he can catch out of the backfield. Also, the depth at wide reciever that the Texans have will force the defense to spread and watch the pass routes more.
Also consider Josh Jacobs for the Oakland Raiders. He does not have the hype the Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette, or Ezekiel Elliott has coming into their rookie years, so his average draft position is quite a bit lower, If you can snag him in an early third round, it may be worth the upside potential he has, as long as the offensive line can hold up better than last year. He is more of a power back, and not as good with his hands so in a PPR league I would be more hesitant.
This is a position where I see alot of potential across a number of players. There are several that I think will have a breakout year, while others could have bigger years, but could be busts as well. For starters, I think Michael Gallup is going to shine in Dallas. Yes they are goinf to run the ball a lot given Zeke comes back from his holdout. Yes he is still number 2 to Amari Cooper. He was a great deep ball threat last year and I have a feeling that it will only get better this year.
Another player that I can see exceeding expectations is Courtland Sutton. With Demaryius Thomas having left the team in the middle of last year, we seen an increase in targets for Sutton, and he has done well at catching the deep ball. With Emmanuel Sanders still uneasy from injury, Sutton could be the number one target until Sanders is healthy. Either way, I expect to see him get a good share of targets this year.
I also would like to acknowledge other mentions in the WR position including; Keke Coutee, Chris Godwin, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
At the tight end position, there are several players that have the possibilty of doing quite well. One stands out above the rest however, Vance McDonald. Antonio Brown is now in Oakland, and Jesse James is in Detroit. We all know the Big Ben loves to throw the ball, especially to his tight ends. This provides huge upside for him, especially since Smith-Schuster will being drawing attention further down the field.
Another good option for TE to watch for is Evan Engram with the Giants. Engram did great last year with the constant injuries to the Giants’ wideo outs. This year, Sterling Shepard is already injured and Golden Tate is facing a suspension. OBJ is now in Cleveland so there are not a lot of options left that are proven and true for catching the ball. This primes him as an ideal candidate for whichever QB they decide to start.
I will also note that I see Travis Kelce as the most valuable TE. He did great before Mahomes was the quarterback. He did well last year with Mahomes as well. I think these two will be a lethal combination in tearing up defenses.
There you have it. My sleeper picks for the draft this year. My league has not yet drafted, so I can’t say that I have these guys, but you can bet that I will be watching them to get them at the right position.