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10 Sleepers to Target by Position (2019 Fantasy Football)

Aug 26, 2019
Justice Hill

Justice Hill could be a lot more than just Mark Ingram’s backup

A lot has happened throughout the preseason and while we’re not finished yet, the majority of the fantasy industry can finally begin to drive their flags into the ground based on the “meaningful” games having been played. During the last few weeks, every fringe player has been doing their best to not only make the 53-man rosters, but to actually play minutes that count once the season begins. The path isn’t always clear for some, like Phillip Lindsay in 2018, but that didn’t stop him from becoming the top dog in Denver. Then there’s George Kittle who was the TE13 last season in Half-PPR ADP. In case you missed it, he set the single-season yardage record by a tight end.

Don’t expect 2019 to be any different as there are always a few players that take the fantasy football community by storm. To help nail down who those names might be this year, we asked our featured experts below to name one player at each position that could help win your league from the later rounds.

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Q1. Who is one RB sleeper you plan to target in all drafts and why?

Justice Hill (RB – BAL)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 146 | RB49
“The obvious answer is Darwin Thompson but he’ll likely be pushing top-40 status soon, so I’ll go with another target of mine, Justice Hill. Mark Ingram will be the leader in the Ravens backfield to start, but he’s almost 30 and in each of the past three seasons, the lead running back for the Ravens at the start of the year has lost his job in-season. Hill is elusive and showed more power than expected in the Ravens’ most recent preseason game. The Ravens spent a fourth-round pick on him so they want to get him involved as much as possible, and he’s the perfect guy to take with a late-round selection.”
– Dan Harris (FantasyPros)

Justice Hill is a bigger, faster, strong version of Phillip Lindsay, who just so happened to run for over 1,000 yards on under 200 carries last season. My podcast co-host, Mike Tagliere, said Hill’s tape reminds him of Reggie Bush, minus the all-world hands. While he is stuck behind Mark Ingram right now, Ingram is on the wrong side of 30 years old and you can bet the contrast between the two this year will be stark. If Ingram suffers an injury at any point this year, don’t expect him to get the job back. Hill will take it for himself and never look back. Even if that doesn’t happen, Hill should carve out a Tarik Cohen like role from the get-go.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Devin Singletary (RB – BUF)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 144 | RB47
“I love Singletary’s outlook this year. He is an explosive player who will be playing in an improving offense. LeSean McCoy is currently Buffalo’s starter, but there’s a good chance he’ll be moved before the trade deadline. The Bills gave Singletary just one touch in the dress rehearsal, which I see as a great sign.”
– Walter Cherepinsky (WalterFootball)

Giovani Bernard (RB – CIN)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 181 | RB58
“Bernard is clearly the backup to RB Joe Mixon, but Bernard is still a dangerous receiving option. I think it is likely that Mixon and Bernard see the field together this year and Bernard could end up having low-end flex value. If anything were to happen to Mixon, Bernard could be an RB1 in this offense. I think he is worth a flyer as the RB59. There is not much risk at that pick and a ton of upside.”
– Derek Lofland (FantasyPros)

Q2. Who is one WR sleeper you plan to target in all drafts and why?

James Washington (WR – PIT)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 132 | WR55
“Washington looked clueless last year, but things have clicked for him in training camp and the preseason. We’ve seen some explosive plays out of him, so the Steelers would be foolish not to give him plenty of snaps during the regular season. Washington could end up being a No. 2 receiver in a high-powered offense, which is very intriguing.”
– Walter Cherepinsky (WalterFootball)

“The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a new look passing offense this year without WR Antonio Brown and one player that stands to benefit is WR James Washington. He has looked very good this preseason and he is likely to start the season as the WR3 in the offense with injury-prone Donte Moncrief in front of him at the WR2. I think Washington will end up being the second wide receiver in this offense by the end of the season and he has a ton of upside playing in an offense that has Ben Roethlisberger behind center, who led the league in pass attempts last year.”
– Derek Lofland (FantasyPros)

Miles Boykin (WR – BAL)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 260 | WR94
“I’m going to “pound the table” so much, it’s going to turn into sawdust. Miles Boykin went from most underrated NFL Draft receiver to most underrated fantasy receiver. Marquise Brown finally got on the field last week but still has to get into the flow and will battle Willie Snead early. Even if Brown takes over as the No.1, Boykin will still be the No. 1 when it comes to touchdown upside/the red zone. He’s a WR4 undrafted… and undervalued by a ton.”
– Jake Ciely (The Athletic)

Jamison Crowder (WR – NYJ)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 130 | WR54
“As the founder, president, and recently re-joined member of the Jamison Crowder fan club, I’m happy to report that the opportunity for a major profit exists for the veteran. The Jets offense should be solid this season, and slot receivers have succeeded in Adam Gase’s offense in the past. With Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson drawing most of the attention from opposing defenses, Crowder should find plenty of room to work. Sam Darnold has gushed about Crowder this preseason, and if the veteran can just stay healthy, he should easily outperform his meager cost on draft day.”
– Dan Harris (FantasyPros)

Devante Parker (WR – MIA)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 175 | WR68
“The wide receivers in this range are rough so I prefer to get two or three in the previous tier (Anthony Miller, Michael Gallup, Golden Tate, Keke Coutee, Geronimo Allison). With that said, Parker stands out as having some upside among the late-round receivers. I understand not wanting anything to do with him after he has burned us in the past, but he disappointed because of injuries and Adam Gase. The fact of the matter is that when he has been on the field, Parker has 60+ receiving yards in 20 of 34 starts which is among the top 12 receivers in football. With Gase gone, all we need now is health.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Q3. Who is one TE sleeper you plan to target in all drafts and why?

T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 150 | TE21
“I’m usually not crazy about rookie tight ends, but we recently saw Evan Engram post quality numbers as a rookie in 2017. Hockenson is a dynamic player who should play a major role in Detroit’s offense right away. Golden Tate is gone, so Hockenson should be Matthew Stafford’s new, favorite intermediate weapon.”
– Walter Cherepinsky (WalterFootball)

“The Detroit Lions do not have much depth at wide receiver and they used their eighth pick in the NFL Draft to select TE T.J. Hockenson instead of an elite wide receiver prospect. He is a good blocker with the ability to stretch the field, which should allow him to see a lot of playing time early. QB Matthew Stafford has the arm to throw the deep ball down the middle of the field and Hockenson has a chance to make an impact early. He is someone I could see streaming early in the season, hoping that he can have a fast start to his rookie campaign.”
– Derek Lofland (FantasyPros)

Darren Waller (TE – OAK)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 203 | TE26
“You’re almost certainly not drafting him in standard-sized leagues, but in deeper formats and those that award bonuses for tight ends, I’ve snagged Darren Waller where I could. He is about as physically impressive as any tight end currently in the game today, and has a major opportunity with the departure of Jared Cook. There’s been a ton of buzz on him this preseason but few casual fantasy owners actually know much about him unless they watched Hard Knocks or paid close attention to the games. Waller won’t see Cook’s 101 targets from last year with Antonio Brown in the fold, but he has a legitimate, albeit outside, chance to finish as a TE1 and he’s essentially free.”
– Dan Harris (FantasyPros)

Jimmy Graham (TE – GB)
Overall Half-PPR Rank: 139 | TE19
“We know Graham has been a red-zone monster previously so it is astonishing that he had just 2 scores last season. We can expect that number to come up if he sees another 90 targets from a now healthy Aaron Rodgers. Somehow, Graham still managed to finish as the #14 tight end last season despite the low TD-rate, yet he is being drafted beyond that. Graham may be old, but he still has the upside to finish top 6 at the position with Rodgers throwing him balls.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Thank you to all the experts for naming their final set of sleepers by position. Be sure to give them a follow on Twitter for more great advice. Also, please check out our latest podcast episode below.

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