2020 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2020 Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers


Fantasy titles are won and lost in the draft. The goal in any draft is to get value out of your picks. Instead of going for the big-name players at any given position, it’s often more shrewd— and productive— for fantasy owners to set their sights on sleepers. Sleepers are always a gamble but can turn the tide for a season.

If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck while being able to flex your superior intellect over league-mates through ghoulish insults, the first step is to set your sights on a cast of high-value sleeper picks.

In 2018, those who selected an unproven Patrick Mahomes made off like bandits their leagues. Lamar Jackson was 2019’s, golden boy. Who will be this year’s next big thing?

In the 2020 NFL Fantasy Quarterback Sleepers, we’re trying to find diamonds in the rough to propel your squad to fantasy immortality.

2020 Fantasy Football Quarterback Sleepers

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Drew Lock, Denver Broncos 

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Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos have received a lot of media coverage as of late. Whether or not the sophomore gunslinger will sink or swim in his role as a starter has left analysts, armchair enthusiasts, and fans divided.

Despite the naysayers, the second-year stud is a lock for being one of the best sleepers in upcoming drafts.

In Lock’s limited starting experience, he led the Broncos to a 4-1 record, losing only to the eventual Super Bowl winners Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite a small sample size, Lock looked excellent in the five games, putting up 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns. Although the numbers aren’t breathtaking, he found a way to close out games against some of the league’s most savvy veterans. 

The Broncos added to their offensive arsenal this offseason, which should lead to higher productivity for the University of Missouri graduate. 

New Blood in the Mile High City

Although Denver is known for their defense, the Broncos bolstered their offense— in particular, their receiving corps—during the early rounds of the draft. Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler were selected in the first two rounds giving Lock two legitimate targets behind Courtland Sutton. 

Jeudy who comes from the Alabama football factory is a former Fred Biletnikoff award winner as the most dominant receiver in college football. He was also the top receiver on many analysts draft boards. When Las Vegas made the most Raider move in selecting Henry Ruggs based on his speed, Jeudy fell into the lap of Denver’s brass.

As one of the best route runners to come out of college in recent years, Jeudy should make an immediate impact, while second-rounder KJ Hamler offers versatility through his speed.

Sutton is no slouch either, having caught 72 passes for 1,112 yards a season ago. At 6-foot-4, he’ll be a sizeable target that can create mismatches for opposing secondaries.

During free agency, John Elway and company picked up one of the league’s top running backs in Melvin Gordon. The former Charger finally received the paycheck he longed for. 

A consistent running game will help keep the pressure off Lock’s shoulders while opening up receiving options. Gordon is also effective as a pass-catcher, having averaged over 47 catches per season since 2016.

With these offensive weapons, Lock has the chance to be one of the top quarterbacks still available in later rounds.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

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Danny Dots is now at the helm in the Big Apple, but does he have what it takes to be the King of New York?

Probably not. But this doesn’t mean he can’t be productive for fantasy owners. 

Despite being on a lackluster Giants squad, Jones was still able to put up over 3,000 passing yards and 24 touchdowns in 12 starts. As a rookie, his rushing prowess flew under the radar, running for 279 yards and two touchdowns. 

Jones threw 12 interceptions and fumbled 18 times, but part of the problem was being under constant pressure from opposing team’s pass rushers. The Giants used their first pick in the 2020 draft to solve this problem.

Andrew Thomas was picked to become the Giants starter at left tackle after being a staple in the Georgia Bulldogs elite offensive line. Last year, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound titan was rated by Pro Football Focus as the third-best offensive tackle in the nation. 

In pass protection, Thomas uses his technical abilities and size to dominate pass rushers. Across 41 collegiate games, Thomas allowed only five sacks on 1,021 pass-blocking snaps. He’s a day-one starter for the Giants and is exactly what Jones needs to excel in the upcoming season.

Giant Weapons

While Thomas keeps the grass stains off of Jones’ jersey, there’s a talented receiving corps waiting in the wings. Jones has options at his disposal with Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate at WR. Not to mention Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley at the TE and RB positions respectively.

Last season, injuries plagued the G-Men receiving group — no receivers started more than 10 games. This led to the rise of Slayton, who’s 740 receiving yards and eight touchdowns led the team in both categories. 

To go along with Slayton, Jones will also have crafty veteran Golden Tate on the slot and the explosive Sterling Shepard lined up out wide. 

The Giants’ receivers were not the only position marred by injuries. Engram only played in eight games. With 44 receptions, he averaged 5.5 catches per game. Engram is one of the league’s fastest and most athletic tight ends and will be vital to Jones’ success.

Lastly, there’s Saquon Barkley.

Going into his third season, the generational talent can do it all. In his rookie season he put up over 2,000 yards, 721 of those yards were through the air. Over the past two seasons, Barkley has reeled in 143 catches and will continue to be a go-to option for Jones, as any time he touches the ball, he has the ability to take it to the house. 

While the Giants aren’t expected to be a contender this season, fantasy owners may be able to cash-in on Danny Dimes in the latter rounds.

Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers

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Last season, the Chargers were one of the most disappointing teams in the league. 

Led by the skeletal remains of Philip Rivers, Los Angeles limped to a 5-11 record. The silver lining to the otherwise terrible season is that they were able to lock down their future quarterback in Justin Herbert with the sixth-overall pick.

Herbert may be the quarterback of the future, but Tyrod Taylor is the quarterback of the present. 

Taylor should open the season as the starter given the limited workouts and lack of in-person OTAs. His veteran presence and serviceable track record should be the obvious choice for the Bolts. 

Even if Herbert takes the reins at some point, the Chargers’ early match-ups are juicy. In the first nine games, they only face one team that ranked in the top twelve for points allowed to fantasy quarterbacks. Taylor and a deep cast of offensive weapons should be able to feast on the favorable matchups.

Shockingly Productive

The Chargers’ offensive weaponry is robust. At every skill position, they’ve got game-changers and fantasy darlings.

At receiver, Taylor has Keenan Allen and Mike Williams at his disposal. Both were beyond fantasy viable in 2019 and were one of six receiver duos to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.

Austin Ekeler, who is now the de facto starting running back for the Chargers as a result of Melvin Gordon’s departure, nearly hit the 1,000-yard mark as well— missing the milestone by seven yards. If Ekeler was able to scrape together a few more yards, this trio would have been the sixth trio to achieve the feat in NFL history and the first since 2008.

Allen, Williams, and Ekeler combined for 245 receptions, 3,193 yards, and 16 touchdowns. 

The Chargers also have Hunter Henry at tight end. He made 55 catches for 652 yards and five touchdowns in only 12 games.

Having an elite cast of offensive weapons combined with favorable matchups early in the season,  Taylor is poised to skewer opposing secondaries, while becoming a top fantasy quarterback in the process.

While Taylor doesn’t have the star power of Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson, his top-drawer receiving options should lead to a productive year for fantasy owners. Look to Tyrod Taylor in the later rounds to provide great value.

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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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