The Duel

2019 Fantasy Football PPR Sleepers at the Wide Receiver Position

By Stephen Knox
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Each new fantasy football season, there's that next crop of young players with the potential to break out. But before they can do so, they're usually some of the most elusive and trickiest types of players to evaluate in fantasy: sleepers.

When it comes to PPR leagues, wide receivers are even more valuable. With that in mind, let's take a look at four fantasy PPR sleepers at the WR position to keep an eye on ahead of the 2019 NFL season.

1. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos' passing game will likely struggle once again this season with Joe Flacco and Drew Lock as their options at quarterback. However, someone still has to catch the majority of their passes, and second-year WR Courtland Sutton should get every opportunity to be that guy this season. Especially with Broncos' veteran WR Emmanuel Sanders coming off an Achilles injury and former starter Demaryius Thomas now playing for the New England Patriots. Despite starting only nine games in his 2018 rookie campaign, Sutton still caught 46 passes for 704 yards and four touchdowns. Just imagine what he'll do if he starts 16 games in 2019.

2. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers

Curtis Samuel will likely take on a starting role for the Carolina Panthers this season now that former Panthers' WR1 Devin Funchess landed with the Indianapolis Colts this past offseason. Samuel started only eight games for Carolina last season, yet still managed to haul in 39 balls for 494 yards and seven total TDs. With a new opportunity to challenge D.J. Moore for the lion's share of targets, Samuel could have an 80-catch season in 2019.

3. James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' receiving corps has changed rather drastically over the past two seasons. Just two years ago, the starting WRs in Pittsburgh were Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Fast forward to 2019 and we now have JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington leading the charge for the Steelers. While Smith-Schuster will likely be the star, Washington could still serve as a solid WR2 option. During his time at Oklahoma State, Washington caught at least 50 passes for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs in each of his last three seasons for the Cowboys, and that type of output is feasible in Pittsburgh.

4. Keke Coutee, Houston Texans

After a limited rookie season last year, 2019 is now Keke Coutee's chance to start opposite Houston Texans' star WR DeAndre Hopkins. While Coutee's first year with the Texans yielded just 28 receptions for 287 yards and one score, he will still have Deshaun Watson throwing him the ball. Coutee certainly has the potential to be a PPR sleeper, considering he caught 93 passes for 1,429 yards and 10 TDs in his final collegiate season (2017) at Texas Tech.

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