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3 Fantasy Football Sleepers That Could Provide Big Value in 2019 Drafts

Jason Schandl
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As the start of the 2019 NFL season nears, it becomes harder to find fantasy football sleepers. Many players have carried that designation through the offseason, but with training camp and the preseason providing some clarity, guys like Tony Pollard and Darwin Thompson have been shooting up draft boards, making them hard to qualify as sleepers.

At this stage of the offseason, finding sleepers is more about looking at who is still being undrafted, rather than trying to catch the wave of a breakout player whose average draft position (ADP) is skyrocketing. Here are three players that fit the bill.

3. Adam Humphries, WR, Tennessee Titans

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Adam Humphries saw some massive volume in his preseason debut with the Tennessee Titans, and there's a chance he ends up with more targets than Corey Davis in 2019. The sample size is small, but Humphries (six) has out-targeted Davis (three) by three looks with Marcus Mariota throwing the ball in the preseason. We've also seen Humphries handle big volume in the past, with 76 receptions on 105 targets in 2018. The Titans' offense isn't an exciting one, but the possibility of getting any team's top pass-catcher at an ADP of WR74, according to FantasyPros.com, could offer some big value.

2. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Andrew Luck's retirement has really put a damper on the Indianapolis Colts' outlook for 2019. Marlon Mack's 2018 role was heavily tied to the Colts' success, and the possibility of playing from behind more often in 2019 should give Nyheim Hines a much bigger role in the receiving game. In 2018 Hines averaged only 3.2 targets in the six contests the Colts won by at least seven points, which jumped to 6.2 per game across the other 10. That put him on a 16-game pace for 99 targets, which would have ranked fifth among RBs in 2018, making his value especially high in PPR leagues.

1. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers

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It took injuries around him to give Marquez Valdes-Scantling the opportunity to break out in his 2018 rookie season, but he made the most of it, recording 68 targets over his final 12 games. He's been running as the Green Bay Packers' No. 2 wideout in training camp and the preseason, which is a very valuable spot for fantasy production. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have supported at least two WRs with double-digit fantasy points per game in each of the last eight seasons. MVS has slowly crept up draft boards in the preseason, but an ADP of only WR44 still leaves him offering huge upside with the potential to settle in as one of Rodgers' favorite targets.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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