2020 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2020 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers


Our offseason efforts continue with the 2020 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers. You can check out the running back sleepers here.

Is there such a thing as a sleeper anymore? Between Google, social media, and football nerds such as myself, we pretty much know every player on every team. And thanks to football nerds smarter than myself, we have reasonably accurate, mathematically based assumptions for what they’ll do.

Either way, there is no shortage of talent, opportunity, or potential available at a discount this season.

2020 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers

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Big Names At Cheap Prices

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Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers, (current ADP WR 19)

Sleeper is a horribly inaccurate term for Allen. But with our lowered expectations for the offense as a whole, heading into the year he has become a bargain.

I know what you’re thinking, “Tyrod Taylor isn’t good enough to draft his receivers”. I’m not expecting Taylor to light up the field day in and day out. But Taylor proved that he can muster up fantasy relevance for his pass-catchers in 2015 with Sammy Watkins.

Keenan Allen is a top 10 talent at wide receiver and he’s being criminally undervalued only because of his QB situation. There are a handful of things worth considering,

  1. Allen is being drafted after Allen Robinson, who has an equally suspect QB situation
  2. Allen is being drafted around the same spot as D.J. Moore whose QB, Teddy Bridgewater, is also several years removed from a starting job (although he did well enough as the backup in New Orleans last year)
  3. He’s being drafted as the WR19 despite having an average of 9.6 targets per game in 2019, which is on par with Michael Thomas and Deandre Hopkins who both average 9.5.

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (WR 34)

As a Patriots fan, staring down the barrel of a Jarret Stidham season was an unpleasant prospect. With that and the N’keal Harry second year hype, it’s easy to see why Jules fell so far down the rankings.

But this is still a Bill Belichick team, and Super-Cam is in town so there is cause for optimistic speculation. So while his ADP will likely climb in the weeks to come, there is plenty of value to be had.

Edelman has always been a major part of the Patriots offense and will likely continue to be. Last season he was the WR7 in PPR formats. So any time you can have Edelman outside the top 25, he’s worth taking a chance on.

WR2s With Upside

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Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (WR 29)

Despite upstaging Beckham last year, Landry is being drafted as though Beckham will be the unquestioned target sponge we were used to seeing in New York.

Last season, Landry scored an average of 14.8 points per game and led his team in targets. And yet here we are with an opportunity to draft Landry 3 or 4 rounds later than Beckham. I just can’t seem to figure out why.

Clearly Odell will likely take a big step forward. But with the offensive inefficiency we saw last year and the points left on the table, Beckham can improve without detracting from Landry.

Landry makes for a very intriguing option for anybody who de-prioritizes receivers early in drafts.

Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (WR 37)

Sitting just inside the top 100 overall is the perpetually disrespected Marvin Jones.

Jones had an average PPR score per game of 14.9 and an average of 7 targets per game. The concern here seems to be oriented around the second year break out potential of T.J. Hockenson.

While it could play out that Jones gets less volume overall, I find it more likely that Hock messes with the productivity of Danny Amendola more than anybody else.

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (WR 45)

Chief receivers are clearly valuable, and you don’t need me to tell you why. Tyreek Hill, despite drawing double coverage on nearly every single play, is being drafted as the 5th receiver off the board. 119 picks later, you can have Mecole Hardman.

Some fun facts,

  1. Mecole Hardman averages 11.2 yards after the catch per reception
  2. Hardman had 4 TDs of 40+ yards on just 26 total catches
  3. Hardman rarely sees top coverage as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce absorb most of the defense’s attention.

So while Hardman’s consistency likely will continue to disappoint and infuriate us all, his big-play potential makes him a steal at his current price.

Rookies Worth Drafting

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Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos (WR 38)

For those of you who don’t watch college football, Jerry Jeudy was a unique prospect. He was a truly dominant option that decimated secondaries across the country. Unfortunately for the fantasy community, he found himself in a fairly crowded receiver core on what isn’t a tremendous offense.

Despite some flashes of brilliance last season, Drew Lock doesn’t inspire the most confidence in the world. So unless Jeudy can steal targets from Courtland Sutton, he won’t be all that relevant. But if anybody can steal away targets, it’s the consensus top prospect who stood out in an elite receiver pool.

Denzel Mims, New York Jets (WR 66)

Mims is a rare combination of size and speed. His athletic profile would have made him a clear cut top prospect in most draft classes, but he seemed to slide past most fantasy radars so far.

And while drafting Jets receivers doesn’t typically inspire confidence, Mims should have no shortage of opportunity in this offense.

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Last year the long-forgotten Jamison Crowder had a mini-breakout and wound up as the PPR WR26. If Mims can surpass Crowder as the WR1 for the team I believe he can easily be expected to perform at a high-end WR3 level, with WR2 upside if all goes well for the Jets. And with a current ADP of 196 overall, he’s essentially free to whoever wants to roll the dice.

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About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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