Deep Sleepers That Could Break Out in 2020 Fantasy Football
Top fantasy football players tend to draw all the headlines. They're the ones that make you feel great about the results of your fantasy football drafts. But they're not always the players that win your leagues.
Landing a few key fantasy football sleepers can be even more important to your championship hopes than nailing your early-round picks. But with the expansion of fantasy football coverage in recent years, typical sleepers don't exactly fly under the radar, and savvy drafters tend to know who to reach on.
With that in mind, here are some deep sleepers for the 2020 fantasy football season that might not be on your league-mates' radars.
2020 Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers
3. Randall Cobb, WR, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are loaded at the WR position, but Will Fuller, Brandin Cook and Kenny Stills tend to play similar roles — that of speedy downfield threats. That could lead to those three cutting into each others' volume, but it's not as much of a concern for slot receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb quietly proved he's still got something left in the tank in 2019, when he caught 55 passes for 828 yards and 3 touchdowns, and now he will have a chance to thrive as the slot receiver in Houston.
2. Chris Thompson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris Thompson has struggled to stay healthy over the last few seasons, but he's proven himself to have a unique skill set out of the backfield. Despite missing 17 regular-season games over the last four seasons, Thompson has also caught at least 39 passes in four straight years. Over the last two seasons, he even has more receptions (83) than rush attempts (80). As a Jacksonville Jaguar, Thompson joins back up with Jay Gruden, who also happens to be the offensive coordinator who was calling the shots in Washington when Thompson posted those numbers. Considering the fact that Leonard Fournette seems to have one foot out the door in Jacksonville, Thompson could be in for some serious work as the team's primary receiving back. For a squad expected to be playing from behind, that role is especially valuable.
1. Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker got most of the attention for his breakout year for the Miami Dolphins in 2019, but Preston Williams was well on his way to a breakout before suffering a season-ending injury. The undrafted free agent saw at least 5 targets in each of his eight games, including at least 6 targets each game starting in Week 2, when he first eclipsed a 50 percent snap share. In fact, through Week 9, Williams led the Dolphins in targets (60), receptions (32) and receiving yards (428). He's an afterthought in fantasy football drafts this offseason, but if he's healthy then he could really give Parker a run for his money as Miami's WR1.
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