3 Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers for 2019 NFL Season

Jason Schandl

Finding regular fantasy football sleepers is one thing. These guys are almost always going to end up drafted in 12-team leagues, and it's mostly about knowing when the pull the trigger with a pick to make sure you land them.

Things get tougher if you're playing in deeper or more competitive leagues though. If you're competing in a pool of 14 or more teams, or your league mates are dialed in on the more popular sleepers for the season, you might need to find less-hyped sleeper picks.

These three players, all going at an average draft position (ADP) later than 150 on FantasyPros.com, certainly fit the bill.

3. Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins

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The highest-drafted player on this list with an ADP of WR62 (179th overall), there is speculation that Kenny Stills may not even be a Miami Dolphin in 2019. That's no sure thing though, and the 27-year-old deep threat's 64 targets in 2018 are the most for any returning WR in Miami. This is one of the league's worst offenses, but WR65 is very low for a top wideout in any offense, no matter how bad. Stills also gets a boost from the Dolphins' new QB situation, as projected Week 1 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of the league's highest average target depths in 2018.

2. Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders were the only team to take a running back in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, selecting Alabama's Josh Jacobs. This still isn't a crowded backfield though, especially after Oakland released Doug Martin. Richard is going at RB63 despite finishing as the RB29 in PPR and RB43 in standard leagues in 2018, and his role may not change all that much. Jacobs will likely step into the role Martin and Marshawn Lynch played last year, as the two combined for 262 carries and 44 targets. Their presence didn't stop Richard from being one of the most productive receiving backs in the NFL, turning 81 targets into 68 receptions and 607 yards.

1. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints

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Tre'Quan Smith (WR65) is getting way more love than Ted Ginn Jr. (WR82) in drafts, even though the 12-year veteran is still running as the New Orleans Saints' second wideout in the preseason. Ginn missed most of the 2018 season due to injury, but his usage when he played makes his ADP a real head scratcher. Excluding Week 4, when he left early with an injury, Ginn saw at least six targets in all six of his games played last season, including two playoff contests. The Saints have one of the best offenses in football, and receiving significant volume from Drew Brees is going to be a boon for anybody's fantasy value.

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