We are all football fanatics.
We watch our teams every Sunday (or Monday…or Thursday) in hopes they can pull out the W.
Then the Super Bowl happens.
Then the draft.
Then free agency.
Then….we wait for football to come back around.
Good news! It’s almost here! And that means that fantasy football drafts are happening SOON.
It’s time to start doing your research and preparation for draft day.
Some picks are obvious: Mahomes, Barkley, Hopkins, Julio, Kamara, OBJ, etc.
But the money is made in the sleeper picks aka the players you have ranked higher than the other owners in your league.
If you hit on some sleepers in your draft, you will set yourself up for success this year!
Here are a few of my fantasy football sleepers for 2019:
Jimmy Garoppolo- QB- 49ers:
I think Jimmy G qualifies as a solid sleeper option for 2019. The 49ers had high expectations coming into last season, but that was all derailed when Garoppolo went down with a devastating knee injury.
The Niners had also brought in Jerick McKinnon last offseason but lost him to injury as well. Despite not having Jimmy G or McKinnon, San Francisco had pretty solid production from the QB position from the likes of Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard. Garoppolo’s ceiling is much, much higher than those guys.
For 2019, the Niners have added second-round draft pick WR Deebo Samuel and also acquired RB Tevin Coleman through free agency. More weapons for Garoppolo, in addition to former Olympian Marquise Goodwin, FB Kyle Juszczyk, and, of course, emerging star TE George Kittle.
FantasyPros has Jimmy G rated as the 22nd fantasy QB this year, but I think there’s a good chance he finishes much higher.
Ito Smith- RB- Falcons:
Smith was part of a three-man backfield in Atlanta last year. Devonta Freeman hasn’t been able to stay healthy, and now Tevin Coleman in on the west coast with the 49ers. Ito Smith got 117 touches last season (90 carries and 27 catches). He’ll be backing up Freeman, but there’s reason to be optimistic about an increase in touches. The Falcons offense is potent, and if Freeman goes down again, Smith will have solid production. He didn’t have the best yards per carry last year, but more consistent usage could change that.
Kenny Stills- WR- Dolphins:
Here’s a completely unsexy name. Still seems like he’s been a mediocre player on Miami’s roster for years, but, in fact, he’s been pretty productive. He only had 37 catches last year, but the Dolphins QB situation should be an improvement this year, and you can expect them to be playing from behind a LOT. Stills had 58 catches in 2017 and 9 TDs in 2016–he just needs to put it all together, and he can have a solid 2019.
Miami isn’t exactly booming at the receiver position. They have Albert Wilson, who has shown flashes of promise and DeVante Parker, who has been plagued by injuries pretty much his whole career. Whether it’s Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen slinging the rock, Stills will have an opportunity to make an impact and be a FLEX WR this year.
Dallas Goedert- TE- Eagles:
Zach Ertz is one of the best tight ends in football. He’s also in the top 3 selected in fantasy. Because of this, fantasy owners might shy away from taking another tight end from the same team. They shouldn’t! Goedert finished 20th last year among all tight ends in PPR. Philadelphia loves the TE position. Ertz and Goedert combined for 149 catches, 1497 yards, and 12 touchdowns. That’s crazy. Zach Ertz had 116 of those catches, so if he relinquishes just a small percentage to Goedert, there will be an uptick in numbers.
So, there you go! A few of my sleeper picks for 2019.
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