4 Rookie Sleepers for 2019 Fantasy Football

Mike Esposito
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Not many NFL rookies are expected to produce big-time numbers in fantasy football. However, there are a couple of first-year players who, if they take advantage of the ideal situations they're in, can become must-start fantasy options in 2019.

Here are three rookie sleepers that fantasy football players should target in the late rounds of their drafts.

1. Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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It was supposed to be an uphill battle for Mecole Hardman to produce in Kansas City's star-studded offense, but he has an excellent chance to be fantasy relevant now that Tyreek Hill has been suspended indefinitely. The Georgia product is a lightning fast (4.33 40-yard dash) receiver and could become Patrick Mahomes' favorite big play target in Hill's absence.

2. Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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Campbell is surrounded by a lot of talent in Indy's offense, but that may actually work to his benefit. T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron and Devin Funchess should draw enough coverage off the line of scrimmage for Campbell to work underneath. The Ohio State product absolutely excels in the open field, capable of turning short passes into long gains thanks to his speed and ability to make defenders miss.

3. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Josh Jacobs was already a highly-touted pick coming out of Alabama, but the situation he's found himself in could make him fantasy relevant in 2019. Jacobs is now in line to be the lead running back in Oakland following the season-ending injury to Isaiah Crowell and Marshawn Lynch's retirement. With an entirely revamped offense and Jon Gruden's love for the running game, Jacobs should get plenty of opportunity.

4. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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Metcalf is still a work in progress, but he has a good opportunity to become fantasy relevant now that the Seahawks released Doug Baldwin. The Ole Miss product could end up being a touchdown-dependent fantasy option, but his elite straight line speed (4.38 40-yard dash) and size (6-3, 229 pounds) makes his boom potential too enticing not to take a late-round flier on.

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