3 Late-Round Sleepers for Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Drafts

Darnell Mooney
Dynasty fantasy football late-round rookie sleepers, including Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney. | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Dynasty fantasy football is a unique beast. Season-long players are already looking ahead to the top fantasy picks for the 2020 season, and that really narrows their rookie focus to the best of the best from the 2020 draft class.

Dynasty players are, of course, looking at the top-ranked rookies as well, but they also need to focus on the less heralded names. The later rounds of dynasty drafts can be a crap shoot, but that's also where surprise gems can be found.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three late-round sleepers for 2020 rookie drafts.

1. Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears

Darnell Mooney
Darnell Mooney's fantasy outlook could include big upside if he cracks the Bears' starting lineup. | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears are shallow at the wide receiver position, and even though this year's draft was loaded with receiving talent, they didn't take one until the back end of the fifth round, when the selected Tulane's Darnell Mooney. His receiving totals might look concerning on the surface, with 993 and 713 yards in the last two seasons, but that has a lot to do with his offense. Tulane was the nation's 12th most run-heavy offense in 2019 and eighth-most in 2018, and Mooney accounted for 24 percent of the team's receptions last year. He's also showed serious big-play potential, having averaged 16.7 yards per reception over his collegiate career, including an absurd 20.7 in his junior season. He ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, and it might not be long before that big-play ability earns him some reps in an offense with a dearth of wide receiver talent.

2. Josiah Deguara, TE, Green Bay Packers

Josiah Deguara
Packers tight end Josiah Deguara could be an interesting rookie sleeper in dynasty drafts. | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

This was a weak year for tight end talent, and it's been a lot of the late-round prospects getting dynasty love. The Green Bay Packers took Josiah Deguara as the third tight end off the board, however, and that should already have him on your radar. The Packers have a real lack of starting-caliber tight ends on the roster, which should give Deguara a real shot at earning playing time and even potentially a starting job down the line. He was never a huge playmaker in college, with 77 receptions for 972 yards and 12 touchdowns over his last two seasons, but he's going right near the end of most rookie drafts, where simply landing a starting tight end can bring some value.

3. Quez Watkins, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Quez Watkins
Quez Watkins fantasy outlook makes him an interesting sleeper with the Eagles. | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

While the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Quez Watkins one round after John Hightower, Watkins could actually be the more interesting fantasy option. He ran a blazing 4.35-second 40-yard dash and measured in at 6-foot even, giving him a very intriguing combination of size and speed. He didn't exactly play in a loaded offense at Southern Miss either, but Watkins was a target hog over the last two seasons, racking up a combined 136 receptions. He made great use of his speed in 2019 as well, averaging an elite 18.4 yards per reception (1,178 on 64 catches).

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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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