August is a frantic Fantasy Football month. This is everyone’s chance at a clean slate, some new strategy and thousands of brand new (or renewed) leagues. The trash talk is back. New team names with bad puns are born. To help aid in your renewed hope, here are four Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers to consider for the 2019 season.
Bear in mind, the preseason is barely underway, so there are certainly other players that could emerge and unfortunate injuries that could come about. Still, these names appear to be under-the-radar options, especially for drafts taking place earlier in the month of August.
As a side note, this list is also meant to feature non-rookies. That’s a story for another day. Sleepers is also a pretty loose team. In this instance, it is an expectation for each player to far exceed the average position in which each is being drafted.
Four 2019 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers for the Upcoming Season
James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers
Remember, Antonio Brown is in Oakland worrying about his helmet and mulling retirement. That means the usually high-octane Pittsburgh offense needs someone other than JuJu Smith-Schuster to make an impact in the receiving game. Many are looking to Donte Moncrief as the number two Fantasy WR in Pittsburgh. This could be your opportunity to stash Washington as a late round selection. Moncrief averages just 40 receptions over five seasons, including four with the Colts (and Andrew Luck for a good portion of the time). He is already playing on his third team. Meanwhile, Washington is a second round investment by the Steelers (in 2018). The team took him that high for a reason. The former Oklahoma State Cowboys standout had a 4 reception, 84 yard, 1 TD performance in the team’s first preseason game against the Bucs. He is a good bet to emerge as a major piece to this offense, especially if opposing teams regularly focus on shutting down JuJu.
Geronimo Allison – Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is in Dallas, leaving a hole in the slot WR position. Cobb takes with him 470 receptions over eight seasons with the Packers. Last year featured a slew of injuries in Green Bay, leaving an open door for a number of the team’s younger players. That includes Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Aaron Jones. Allison, meanwhile, was one of the injured players. He managed just five games in 2018, but during that stretch, reeled in 20 receptions and 30 targets. Aaron Rodgers likes to throw his way and with Cobb gone, the door is more open than it was last year. Like with James Washington, it is smart to feature your late round WR selections with teams that have great quarterbacks or strong offenses. Aaron Rodgers? Enough said. Keep Allison in mind, while others focus on Jones and MVS.
Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers
Devin Funchess is in Indianapolis, leaving a hole next to DJ Moore. For Samuel, the health of Cam Newton is going to be a major key. One has to believe that Christian McCaffrey’s overall volume could slip a little, in hopes to keep him healthy. That means more of a reliance on the receivers. The 22 year-old Samuel has the talent and has seen his stats and volume increase in each of his first two seasons with the Panthers. Last year, he reeled in 39 receptions in 13 games, and that’s with Funchess as the team’s number one receiver. Because of the question marks in Carolina, Samuel will likely be available as a late round selection – and he very well could post a solid Fantasy season.
Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills
Any Fantasy Football regular knows the Bills have been an unreliable team when it comes to wide receivers in recent years. Josh Allen showed some promise in his first season as the team’s franchise quarterback. Enter Cole Beasley as the new slot receiver (and veteran presence) in Buffalo. The former Cowboys WR managed 176 receptions over the last three seasons in Dallas. That’s playing for an offense that focused primarily on the run and relied heavily on Ezekiel Elliott. If you do not trust Beasley or the Buffalo passing offense, this article via buffalonews.com might change your mind. It covers a variety of areas, including how “having a ‘slot specialist’ and playmaker with Beasley’s skill set will make an enormous difference in the Bill’s offense”. It outlines the “concept of teaching quarterbacks to read their progressions short-to-deep”. Adding Beasley will be key in that progress – and that’s why I consider him as a potential late round sleeper.
Now that you have viewed this mini-list, let’s talk Fantasy Football, shall we? Do you agree or disagree with any or all of these selections?
Who do you consider to be at the top of your list of Fantasy Football Wide Receive Sleepers?
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