Best 2019 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers
We are hoping that Antonio Brown will soon sort out his issues with his helmet. For all his drama, we still want to see him burn opposing secondaries. Do you know who else also wants to see him play? His fantasy owners.
If you haven’t had your draft yet, though, Nitrogen Sports Blog lists some fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for 2019, who will not produce much drama off the field but have the potential to boost your fantasy points with their plays on the gridiron.
James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2018 Stats: 16 receptions, 217 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
All you need to know about the Steelers’ receivers is that Antonio Brown’s departure has left behind a total of 168 targets and 104 receptions for the Pittsburgh’s receiving corps to go around.
It will be a PPR feast downfield in Pittsburgh, and among the vultures coming down to munch on AB’s usage corpse is Washington, who didn’t waste much time in the preseason making his case for the No. 2 spot in the Steelers’ wide receiver depth by leading the team in catches (4) and receiving yards (84) to go with a touchdown in a 30-28 home win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
JuJu Smith-Schuster is the unquestioned alpha male in Pittsburgh’s hierarchy of receivers with Washington possibly No. 2, though, he’ll need more consistency in the preseason to completely take the job away from Donte Moncrief, who is, as of this writing, still considered as the second option for the Steelers’ passing attack. Read on for more on fantasy football wide receiver sleepers.
David Moore (Seattle Seahawks)
2018 Stats: 26 receptions, 445 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns
Russell Wilson was crazy efficient in 2018. So efficient, that he’s a prime candidate for regression this year. But even if you assume that Wilson would regress, Moore’s upside remains as high as other fantasy football wide receiver sleepers.
Doug Baldwin is now retired and leaves behind 73 targets and 50 receptions, most of which will be inherited by Tyler Lockett, but Moore will definitely be a beneficiary too. Baldwin’s departure also gives Lockett the keys to the No. 1 wide receiver slot while Moore is a strong candidate to be his No. 2.
Mike Davis is gone, too, so there will be an additional 42 targets and 34 receptions left for Seahawks receivers. Moore’s presumed promotion to a starter role gives him tremendous value and upside.
Willie Snead (Baltimore Ravens)
2018 Stats: 62 receptions, 651 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
It’s hard to imagine fantasy owners racing to draft 2019 fantasy football wide receiver sleepers such as Snead, and they should not. But Snead has great value in the later rounds.
The Ravens will finally introduce Lamar Jackson as their full-time starting quarterback after getting rid of Joe Flacco, and his top option will be Snead, albeit in an uninspiring receiving corps. In fantasy, though, it’s more about the opportunity and less about a player’s brand. Snead isn’t a sexy pick, but if you squint your eyes and consider that John Brown and Michael Crabtree are no longer on the team, then you’ll see the appeal in selecting the 26-year-old wideout.
Brown and Crabtree combined for 96 receptions in 2018. Those will be spread out with Snead as the main beneficiary.
Every year, there are wide receivers who come along and exceed expectations attached to their Average Draft Positions. The fantasy football wide receiver sleepers this 2019 are not limited to the three wideouts we’ve mentioned in this article, but they are certainly among the most intriguing.
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