2020 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

A Fantasy Football Six-Pack Of 2020 Deep Dynasty Sleepers

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I wanted to include a whole slew of players here as part of my 2020 dynasty fantasy football league deep sleepers. I’m more invested in dynasty football league prospects this year than I have been in a very long time.

That is because I am in a dynasty start-up league this year, which is the first time in at least half a dozen years, maybe twice that. I’ve played in dynasty leagues before. And many of my keeper leagues are closer to dynasty leagues than keeper leagues. But it’s been years since I’ve been in a true dynasty league and even longer since I’ve been in a start-up dynasty draft.

So what I thought would be a “deep sleeper” really wasn’t.  A guy like Brandon Aiyuk might go undrafted in a redraft league but would go undrafted in only the shallowest of shallow dynasty leagues. That I knew. But I suspected one of my favorite dynasty sleepers, Chase Claypool, for example, might qualify. However, he doesn’t.

I wanted to include only players going outside of the top 200 in dynasty league start-ups. Some of the names here are rising rapidly and by the time you draft, you might have seen their ADP rise. But at least as of now, they are outside the top 200.

Half of these players are on my new start-up dynasty team. But half aren’t. I believe in balance! And you probably don’t care which ones are and which ones aren’t. But here are some of my favorite 2020 deep dynasty sleepers in descending order of ADP which I’ve also included in parenthesis.

2020 Fantasy Football Deep Dynasty Sleepers

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Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals (205)

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Eno Benjamin might not even be a “deep” player for dynasty as nearly every dynasty owner I talk to knows who he is. Fellow dynasty guru John LaPresto has him ranked 179th here at F6P’s dynasty rankings and that still might be too low! For starters, Benjamin is walking into a pretty good opportunity.

At least as of today, Kenyan Drake is a free agent at the end of this year. Between him and Benjamin stands Chase Edmonds who saw all of two targets and two carries after the Cardinal’s bye week in Week 12 last year. Think there might be some opportunity for a player like Benjamin that has proven he has the chops to be both a bell-cow and a change-of-pace back? Benjamin was a two-year starter at Arizona State University who racked up 2,725 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 553 carries.

But wait, there’s more!

Benjamin also had an additional 610 yards and four scores on 77 receptions. But I think my favorite stat about Benjamin is that he broke a tackle on 26% of his carries in 2019, good for fourth-best in the class. Let your competitors hyper-extend their shoulders reaching for the more popular rookie backs. Benjamin should be one of the most valuable weapons in the 2021 season.

Miles Boykin, WR, Baltimore Ravens (209)

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Last year’s Ravens three-wide receivers set typically featured clear WR1 Marquise Brown (when healthy), Willie Snead, and Seth Roberts. Seth Roberts is gone. Willie Snead remains in Baltimore. However, he is a homeless man’s Julian Edelman, having made a career running slant routes and other underneath patterns. Yet whispers coming out of Baltimore is that the offense will be more vertical this year. Think that might benefit the super athletic Boykin just a little?

Recall that Boykin was a sparkling SPARQ darling, notching the same top-level scores as J.J. Watt and some other wide receiver named Calvin Johnson. Johnson turned out to be pretty good at this wide receiver thing. Boykin is a tall 6’4″, but has the speed of his shorter brethren. Would you believe me if I told you that Boykin’s athletic profile is higher than D.K. Metcalf ? And recall that Metcalf was a bit of a marvel as well. But I think that might actually be the best comparison for Boykin.

Metcalf just needed the right situation and a little seasoning. Recall that Metcalf averaged a very pedestrian 50 yards per game through the first half of the 2019 season. I see Boykin taking a similar route this year. He’ll probably do just enough to be Baltimore’s WR2 coming out of camp. And he’ll go relatively unnoticed as Mark Andrews will be one of Lamar Jackson‘s favorite targets. Yet I’m going to go out on a limb and say right around the Ravens primetime game against the Steelers, Boykin will start to become a well-known commodity.

That won’t be nearly enough early production for a redraft league. But it will be “All that and a bag of chips” for a dynasty league wide receiver you are going to sorely wish you drafted.

Lamical Perine, RB, New York Jets (220)

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Lamical Perine does not have the talent that Benjamin has, but he might be stepping into an even better situation. Sooner-or-later, Father Time is going to catch up with the ageless but 37 years young Frank Gore. Given that Gore’s yards per game have gone down steadily each of the last four years, I suspect that time is coming nigh.

Perine’s bigger challenge comes in the form of 28-year old Le’Veon Bell. Bell is coming off his worst year since his rookie year and saw career lows in YPC (a pitiful 3.2) and 100-yard rushing games (a big fat zero!). His receiving stats also took a tumble. After 200 combined catches in 2016 and 2017 (remember, he sat out all of 2018), he struggled to get to 78 catches last year. His TD total was just one greater than his injury-marred 2015 season when he only played 16 games.

Yes, reports coming out camp are all aglow:


But color me skeptical. Gase and Bell have repeatedly been on different pages. Let’s even assume they are playing in the sandbox nicely, how long do you think Gase has before he is forced to leave New York? Whoever replaces Gase will likely give Bell a very short leash and invest in a youth movement.

Despite running behind a Florida Gator OL that was ranked just 92nd in the country, this old school power back still had 676 yards and six touchdowns last year. I’d say he is the future of the Jets running game, but expectations might be even closer than that…

 


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DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks (224)

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Ready for point-counterpoint? We start with the arguments against grabbing him.

Point: DeeJay was drafted late for a reason, including that his Combine metrics were middling at best.

Counterpoint: Four-Time Pro Bowler Arian Foster also had a lousy Combine. Dallas has the size (5’10 and 215 pounds) that NFL teams love in their RBs

Point: How many RBs does Seattle need? Dallas will have to beat out Travis Homer, CJ Prosise, Carlos Hyde (signed after Dallas was drafted by the way!), Rashaad Penny, and Chris Carson.

Counterpoint: Plenty, because Seattle LOVES to run the ball. But there still isn’t that much competition: Prosise is a third-down back. Homer has the least ability of anyone in the Seahawks backfield. Hyde is about to hit his age-30 season and is past his prime. Penny is still rehabbing from his ACL tear and is expected to miss the first six games. Carson? He’s pretty gosh darn good, but do you see Seattle resigning him when he becomes a free agent in 2021? I don’t.

Point: Wait a second. Dallas was already Homer’s back-up when they were both at Miami. And then when he finally started for the ‘Canes in 2019, he only rushed for 693 yards. Care to retract your statements?

Counterpoint: Nope. An injury cut his season short. But he’s healthy again. And the tape says it all. I remind you that the Gators were the seventh-best defense last year and watch what he does to them:

I counted at least three missed tackles. And we’re not done yet! Still more…

The defense rests.

Josh Oliver, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (228)

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Of all the 2020 deep dynasty sleepers, Oliver is probably the least well known. Oliver’s injury-marred 2019 rookie season didn’t help. The good news is that will allow him to stay under the radar.

But if we go back to his Combine results, his 87th-percentile speed score and 40-yard dash explain why the Jaguars were excited about their third-round pick. Oliver is not just “fast”, but has some great hands as well. I love the way he stretches out for this pass for example:

The reason Oliver fell to the third round was because of his blocking. But I expect new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to use Oliver in a very similar manner that he used Jordan Reed (also a third-round pick) while with Washington. If Oliver puts up numbers anywhere close to a healthy Jordan Reed, you got yourself a heck of a sleeper!

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (277)

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Is Brissett ever going to pass for 4K yards? Given that even when he played 16 games for Indianapolis in 2017 he still fell short of 3100, I doubt it. He played 15 games last year, which was his best season, and didn’t even hit the 3K mark. But he also had a 3:1 TD to INT ratio. Highly sought after QB picks DeShaun Watson and Kyler Murray didn’t even come close to that level last year.

But they are scrambling QBs, Mark! And you are trying to tell me Brissett isn’t? Brissett rushed 56 times last year and scored four rushing TDs. That tied him for the fourth-most rushing TDs by a QB last year and just as many as Murray. And I’ll remind you, Brissett has the better TD/INT ratio.

Am I saying Brissett should be ranked like Murray? Absolutely not. But I’m pointing out that Brissett is far more talented than he’s given credit for and if he starts again, he could provide a ton of value given his current ADP.  The quarterback standing in Brissett’s way is the 38-year-old Philip Rivers who is on a one year contract. Rivers is showing signs of decline. He posted 23 TDs compared to 20 INTs in 2019. And I don’t think we need to waste time comparing Rivers “legs” to Brissett’s. The Colts are still likely to start Rivers this year, but if he has lost as much off his fastball as we think, it might not be long before this team belongs to Brissett.



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About Mark Strausberg

Despite his youthful appearance, Mark has aged hundreds and hundreds of years due to soul-sucking and crushing near misses over his decades of both playing and writing fantasy sports.

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