NFL Rookie Sleepers for 2020 Fantasy Football

Max Staley
Brandon Aiyuk could be a fantasy football sleeper.
Brandon Aiyuk could be a fantasy football sleeper. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images
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Rookies are always among the most unpredictable aspects of a fantasy football season. But that's never been more true than this year, when fans won't even get a glimpse of the rookies during the preseason.

Even with less time to evaluate these players, though, some of the big-name rookies like Jonathan Taylor and D'Andre Swift have already become sought-after fantasy football commodities.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three less-heralded rookies that could be fantasy football sleepers in 2020.

Note: All average draft position (ADP) data is from FantasyPros' ADP rankings.

3. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: WR63)

Brandon Aiyuk's fantasy football outlook makes him a great sleeper.
Brandon Aiyuk's fantasy football outlook makes him a great sleeper. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

If the season started today, Brandon Aiyuk would probably be the San Francisco 49ers' No. 1 wide receiver. He'll relinquish that title when Deebo Samuel is back, but being a starter in the NFL's second-best scoring offense from 2019 is huge for fantasy purposes. Plus, Aiyuk should be a seamless fit on the 49ers. He's an elite playmaker after the catch and Kyle Shanahan clearly favors players who generate a ton of YAC. He's got an opportunity to carve out a huge role on this team, making Aiyuk an excellent flyer at WR63.

2. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team (ADP: RB57)

Antonio Gibson's fantasy outlook makes him a compelling sleeper.
Antonio Gibson's fantasy outlook makes him a compelling sleeper. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Fantasy owners were dealt a huge curveball a few weeks back, as the Washington Football Team released Derrius Guice due to a domestic violence arrest. From a strictly football point of view, that should open up a lot of opportunity in this backfield. Adrian Peterson, Bryce Love and Antonio Gibson will be competing for touches, but Gibson undoubtedly has the most upside of the three. He's got blazing speed (4.39 40-yard dash) and should be considered the favorite for pass-catching duties as he played WR in college, catching 38 passes for 735 yards in 2019. If he sees enough volume, Gibson is talented enough to become a legitimate every-week fantasy starter.

1. Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: WR52)

Jalen Reagor could be a great rookie WR for the 2020 fantasy football season.
Jalen Reagor could be a great rookie WR for the 2020 fantasy football season. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Jalen Reagor has a legitimate chance to be the best rookie WR in the class, yet he's going about 40 picks later than CeeDee Lamb (WR36) and Jerry Jeudy (WR38). Stepping into a depleted Philadelphia Eagles receiving corps, Reagor could become Carson Wentz's favorite WR from day one. In Wentz's near-MVP campaign he had a 9.9 average depth of target (aDOT). But that number fell to 7.7 and 8.0 over the two subsequent seasons, as Philadelphia didn't have any real downfield threats. With Reagor's blazing speed, though, Wentz could be looking his way downfield quite often in 2020. Reagor is a great gamble at his current ADP.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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