3 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers to Target in 2019

3 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers to Target in 2019

Wide receivers tend to be a position you can stack up on late and find off the waiver wire and more times then not be okay and have a good core. When you are drafting a wide receiver later in your draft it is all about finding that hidden gem. In this article we will discuss three wide receivers who are going in the 9th round or later that are being slept on and could be that hidden gem you were looking for.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers (ADP 9.03)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling had an okay rookie year in Green Bay. He finished as the 65th wide receiver in half point per reception leagues. MVS went 38 of 73 for 581 yards and 2 touchdowns in his 10 starts. It did not help that his rookie year he was dealing with an injured Aaron Rodgers and a head coaching change. He had a couple 100 yard games but his catch percentage was awful.

In 2019 I am expecting a change with MVS. So far in training camp and the preseason he has been used more and all over the field. Where you are drafting MVS you are getting an incredible discount on Aaron Rodgers number 2 wide receiver. Rodgers has had multiple years with two top 24 wide receivers in fantasy football, and I think 2019 will be more of the same. With a new coaching regime coming in and replacing an old offense that stopped working. Plus, you add a healthy Arron Rodgers to the mix, there is no way MVS finishes below where you are drafting him unless he gets hurt.

Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs (ADP 9.04)

This is a guy you need to go buy at his ADP SkewNation. Buy! Buy! Buy! Sammy Watkins plays on one of the best offenses in the league and some would say it is the best offense in the league. There will be few times in which Sammy Watkins gets double coverage and is wide open. Sammy Watkins only truly played 8 games in ’18:

  • In those 8 games – 53 tgts, 515 yds, 3 TDs
  • 16 Gm Pace = 106 tgts, 1030 yds, 6 TDs
  • AFC Champ Gm – 8 tgts, 114 yds

I know what you are thinking right now. Sammy Watkins gets injured all the time and it doesn’t matter how late I get him he never plays. If you are worried about injuries take a look at a second round wide receiver who also entered the NFL in 2014. Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ has only played in 59 games and Watkins has played in 62. Sammy Watkins was someone who was being drafted as early as the 3rd round before teammate Tyreek Hill was cleared to play football. How does someone go from a 3rd round pick to the 9th round. There is a spot for Watkins and this will be his best season to date. He will finish well above where you draft him and could be a top 24 maybe even a top 12 wide receiver by the time it is all said and done this year.

Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys (ADP 11.02)

I never expect a lot from rookie wide receivers in the first place. Typically we start seeing the breakout occur in year 2 and 3. This is no different for Cowboy’s wide receiver Michael Gallup.

In 2018 Gallup caught 33 of 68 for 507 yards and 2 touchdowns. So far in the offseason things have looked really good for the second year wide receiver. In preseason he has caught 4 of 6 for 62 yards and a touchdown. The best part is his routs look really clean and Dak is targeting him in the limited preseason work.

Gallup was able to create space and score the touchdown in the video above, but in the video below you see he flat out beats the defender for the long bomb touchdown from Dak.

Gallup is someone I think you can pick up and if Amari Cooper isn’t playing he is going to be a great wide receiver and a safe bet for a top 24 week. Cooper right now is dealing with plantar fasciitis. If you do not have or don’t know anyone with this, let me tell you, it is awful. Your feet are in constant pain, and sometimes you wake up and you are feeling good, and other days not so much. There could be a few games where Cooper wakes up on game day and his plantar fasciitis has flared up and he is a late scratch. This shoots up Michael Gallup’s value and he automatically becomes a really good flex play and could fill in as your wide receiver two if needed.

Even with Cooper in the lineup I still think it is possible for Gallup to finish in the top 24 week to week. Once Cooper arrived in Dallas Gallup was getting on average 5.75 targets per game. This is a nice number for where you are drafting him. I think that number could jump up closer to 7 targets a game. If that happens and you throw in a long bomb every now and then Gallup quickly finishes higher than where you are drafting him.

3 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers to Target in 2019

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