Darius Slayton Fantasy Outlook Includes Huge Bust Potential in 2020

Darius Slayton's fantasy outlook makes him a potential bust to avoid in 2020 fantasy football drafts.
Darius Slayton's fantasy outlook makes him a potential bust to avoid in 2020 fantasy football drafts. / Rob Leiter/Getty Images

Darius Slayton had an encouraging rookie season for the New York Giants in 2019, catching 48 passes for 740 yards and 8 touchdowns. Likely to make strides with a full NFL season under his belt, fantasy football drafters are taking him as the WR45 in 2020, according to FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data.

Thanks to Slayton's situation in the Giants' offense, however, even improving as a player isn't going to be enough to salvage fantasy football value in 2020, and he is a player to avoid in your drafts.

Darius Slayton Fantasy Outlook

The Giants had a below-average scoring offense in 2019, but this unit quietly has a ton of intriguing options. Running back Saquon Barkley is obviously a focal point, but Slayton is also joined by Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Evan Engram in the receiving game.

That list could realistically make Slayton the No. 4 or 5 option in the pecking order for Daniel Jones.

Injuries boosted Slayton's role last year, but that changed down the stretch. He saw 3 or fewer targets in two of the final four games in the season, and he was fourth on the team in targets during that stretch.

Shepard (34) and Tate (28) led the Giants' WRs, but with Engram injured even backup tight end Kaden Smith saw more targets (27) than Slayton (22). Barkley (17) was not far behind, either.

Even the best offenses in the NFL have a hard time supporting more than two or three fantasy-relevant pass catchers. The Giants do not have one of the best offenses in the NFL, and that means Slayton will really need the other wideouts to get banged up again if he's going to return value at his draft spot in 2020.

At WR45, that's just too big an obstacle to make him worth rolling the dice on.

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