In this article, I'll be breaking down the 2020 Fantasy Football Top-5 Dynasty Sleepers to know for your draft.
These guys are sliding under the radar and can help you not only win your league this year but help you win championships down the road as well.
You should pay close attention to these guys for the 2020 season and beyond.
2020 Fantasy Football Top-5 Dynasty Sleepers
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Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
Sony Michel? Rex Burkhead? James White? You may be asking yourself why I'm suggesting Harris. Well, there's a lot of reason to believe in Harris not only for possibly 2020 but more of a down the road play. The competition is fierce but lets breakdown why that's not very scary.
Let's start with Michel. A first-round pick out of Georgia in 2018. Michel signed a four-year contract that will keep him a Patriot through 2022 and possibly 2023. Although he has a long term contract he hasn't shown much in his tenure and the Patriots aren't known for their kindness for people not performing up to their contracts.
To pair with his lack of showing he also has struggled with health. He played only 13 games in 2018 and was banged up several times in 2019 causing him to miss 2 starts in 2019.
They cut his salary once already this offseason, clearly showing that he needs to step up this season or its time to go. His contract runs out in 2021 and he already reduced his base salary in 2019 from 2.5 million to 1.05 million.
Another factor for Burkhead being out with the Patriots is his health. Here are his games played for each year since he started with the Patriots in 2017:
- 2017 - 10 Games - 3 Starts
- 2018 - 8 Games - 4 Starts
- 2019 - 13 Games - 1 Start
These stats aren't good, his lack of health and production means he could be out this season especially with Harris being drafted last season.
This guy I'm considered with the least. White is a pure pass catcher and doesn't really run the ball all that often. White's tenure with the Patriots he's never rushed over 100 times in a season and he's only rushed over 45 times twice in six years with the team. His role is solidified in the passing game and isn't much of a threat to Harris as a runner.
With the competition starting to take shape for 2020 and clearly one of them going to be cut by 2021 I can see Harris being a factor by 2021. The Patriots clearly drafted Harris with a purpose, they did draft him with a third-round pick in 2019. They must give him a chance to at least produce after his redshirt year last year.
Harris did show a lot in college. He ran for over 1000 yards in his sophomore and junior seasons at Alabama but had a bit of a drop off his senior year where he only rushed for 876 yards. Clearly there's talent there especially looking at his yards per carry. In his two elite seasons, he rushed for 7.1 and 7.4 yards per carry in his sophomore and junior campaigns. Although he only averaged 5.8 yards per carry in his senior season that's still impressive.
Harris's ability is clear, his lack of carries means less tread on his tires and his redshirt year is even better. I think things are shaping up for Damien Harris to take over the Patriots backfield in 2021. Any running back job provides clear fantasy value.
Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
New York Jets may not sound all too appealing to fantasy or dynasty, but it is. Just to note I am a big Sam Darnold guy, I think he possesses' the tools to be a great quarterback in the league one day. The best thing about Mims is he's coming into a great situation where the competition isn't all that stiff.
The Jets lost top wideout Robbie Anderson in free agency to the Panthers but brought in Breshad Perriman to help with that. Here are the wide receivers the Jets have:
Not an aww inspiring group by any means. Players like Berrios and Doctson have done next to nothing in their careers and Crowder and Perriman have struggled to stay healthy. Clearly, if they felt good about the situation at wide receiver they wouldn't have selected Mims in the second round with the 59th pick.
Mims is a burner, he ran the third-fastest 40 time at the combine, he clocked in at 4.38. His elite speed helped him make history7 at Baylor. He ranks 6th all-time in receiving yards for Baylor, 5th in receptions, and he's the only player in FBS history to score at least 8 touchdowns in each of his last 3 seasons.
Mims little competition and his clear workload that's available with Anderson gone is super exciting. Anderson is leaving behind 183 targets which Mims could be in line for half of them. If Perriman stays on the path he's taken his whole career and Crowder is cut in 2021 which could happen with a 10.5 million dollar cap hit, I can see Mims immediately being the wide receiver 1 in New York.
Denzel Mims is one BAD man pic.twitter.com/03aXq1nZnI
— ?BIG 12 & Sugar Bowl Champs Barstool SicEm (@BarstoolSicEm) November 23, 2019
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR/RB, Washington Franchise
This guy might be my favorite player in this entire article. His situation he's coming into is great for a wide receiver and his dual ability to not only play wide receiver but runningback is enticing for fantasy and for the Washington franchise.
First things first are he's not coming in and competing with star wideout Terry McLaurin, that's just not going to happen. McLaurin flashed true elite potential in his first season. Although Golden won't be the wide receiver one he can easily be the number two. His competition is as listed:
Not great, nobody out of that group has shown much of anything in their careers which is a great thing for Gandy-Golden. He's clearly the best of that group from day one and should have every opportunity to win the second wide receiver job.
College production for Gandy Golden was ELITE. In Golden's junior season he racked up:
- 1037 Receiving yards
- 10 Touchdowns
In his senior season he racked up:
- 1396 Receiving yards
- 79 Receptions
- 10 Touchdowns
The 1396 yards Golden racked up was good for 4th most in the FBS and his touchdowns and receptions were good enough to rank him top 20 in the nation in each of those categories. His elite production propelled him to lead his college Liberty all-time in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.
Golden's elite-level talent, high-end production and the great situation are ideal for drafting him in fantasy. There is no reason why he can't be a starting wideout and a top 30 wide receiver in fantasy from day 1.
Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden is an intriguing player to watch. Big/athletic with huge catch radius. Doesn’t have special top speed but he generates a ton of big plays. Still needs work as a route runner but there’s upside. pic.twitter.com/tU0oJMbMdF
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 13, 2019
A.J. Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers
This guy is arguably the most interesting one on the list. His situation comes into question and a lot of people don't know how to feel. With star back Aaron Jones still in the offense on a one year deal, the question remains while he resign or will he walk? If you like I, think Jones is gone after this season then its clear to you that Dillon is a perfect sleeper. If however, he does resign there is still clear value.
The Packers have been looking for a back that could help ease the pressure off of Jones for years now. Players like T.Y. Montgomery, Jamaal Williams, and Christine Michael have tried and failed for reasons like health, lack of talent, and situation. Coming in from day 1 I believe Dillion is much better than anyone they have other than Jones.
If Dillion does take the back up role here's the stats he could be in line for:
- 107 Carries
- 460 Rushing Yards
- 6 Touchdowns
- 23 Receptions
Those numbers arent crazy but keep in mind, Williams the back up running back had 20 red zone carries [42nd], 45 receiving targets [27th], and a 39.7% snap share. These factors are super exciting and add up to tremendous fantasy value.
Dillon's college career and his frame are super impressive. Here is a tweet displaying Dillon's frame:
AJ Dillon is an athletic beast that could be a difference maker in the NFL. He's got the size, the speed, the burst. All he needs is a team to believe in him!
Enjoy and please retweet! pic.twitter.com/NcnCFTEKoP
— THE FF DEVYL (@Masterjune70) March 10, 2020
Dillon is clearly a high-value asset in fantasy, his safe floor from day 1 mixed with the potential starting job next year is exciting. He also could take over the starting job if Jones were to get hurt. I'm drafting Dillon in almost every league I can in dynasty.
Boston College RB AJ Dillon
➕117.3 (97th-%ile) Speed Score
➕97th-%ile Burst Score
➕34.8% (81st-%ile) Dominator
➕150+ rushing yards in ~ 42% of his career starts
➖5.9% (32nd-%ile) Target Share
➖21 receptions in 3 seasons
➖4th-percentile Agility Score pic.twitter.com/XofkxNs5Mi
— Alex Johnson (@a_johnsonFF) March 27, 2020
Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Elite tape, insane route running ability, specializing against man coverage. These are just a few things being said about Jefferson.
Jefferson was drafted in the second round by the Rams in hopes that one day he becomes there elite wideout. After trading away receiver Brandin Cooks they clearly felt more comfortable with him then leaving Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as the lone receivers.
They also saw the chance to grab an elite wide receiver who dominated against high-end corners like Kristian Fulton and Derek Stingley Jr. Fulton was drafted in the first round and Stingley is a projected top 10 pick for the 2021 draft.
On tape, Jefferson showed elite route running, ability to beat man coverage consistently, and much more.
One of my biggest film surprises thus far in 2020 #NFLDraft work: Florida WR Van Jefferson
Tremendously detailed route-runner who understands how to *sequence* his moves to build off of one another.
4 reps against LSU freshman CB Derek Stingley: 4 catches, TD! pic.twitter.com/F8RVAoPZf7
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) January 8, 2020
He's not in the most ideal spot, although the Rams share the ball he does have to compete with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. From day one I think Jefferson has a role in this offense, Cooks does leave behind a decent-sized workload. Here is what Cooks is leaving behind:
- 72 Targets
- 42 Receptions
- 582 Receiving Yards
- 2 Touchdowns
If Jefferson can produce those kinds of numbers from day 1 he can be an instant fantasy diamond. I believe in Jefferson and I think by year 2 or 3 he could push out an ageing Robert Woods in the offense.
Van Jefferson just took that poor DBs soul pic.twitter.com/wAsLF5nIaf
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) November 24, 2018