Every year the average fantasy owners look to gain an advantage over their friends by finding that “Next Best Thing.” This year, it’s easy, JTP has done the research for you, here are 7 sleepers to keep an eye on during your fantasy football drafts.
Patrick Mahomes QB Kansas City Chiefs
While last season Mahomes was the second option to veteran Alex Smith, the Chiefs are 100% committed to the young gunslinging QB. With the addition of speedy WR Sammy Watkins from the LA Rams, the Chiefs are expected to have another strong season on the offensive side of the ball. Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Sammy Watkins, Mahomes has the perfect offense to succeed.
Rashaad Penny RB Seattle Seahawks
It has been a long time since the Seahawks have had a stable running back situation as many have come and many have failed since Marshawn Lynch’s departure. Coming out of San Diego St, Rashaad Penny could be the next best thing in the Seattle. He’s a downhill runner with great explosive speed and he’s also set to become their full, three down back. Keep an eye on him during your drafts as he’ll definitely be a strong RB2 or Flex option, week in and week out.
Mike Williams WR Los Angeles Chargers
Coming out of Clemson, Williams had a lot of hype surrounding him as he was expected to become an impact player from the beginning. Unfortunately, he had a poor rookie season but is expected to see a sharp increase in targets with the loss of TE Hunter Henry. Mike Williams should become Rivers’ favorite red zone target as he’s a big, physical receiver who can leap over smaller CBs and make excellent catches in traffic.
Sterling Shepard WR New York Giants
The WR situation for the New York Giants was a disaster last season as their best guys dropped like flies. The injury bug bit the young slot receiver hard as he missed a majority of last season. Nonetheless, Sterling Shepard is returning to the lineup and is one of the best slot receivers in the game as long as he’s healthy. The Giants have one of the easiest schedules for receivers and most of the attention will be on Odell Beckham which in turn gives Shepard tons of targets as he’ll look to bounce back this season.
Corey Davis WR Tennessee Titans
Davis is another young receiver that you should keep an eye on this year. He is a lot of fantasy expert’s pick for breakout WR for the 2018-19 season as he blossoms into the #1 WR role in the Titans offense. A lot of the passing production in Tennessee comes from TE Delanie Walker but QB Marcus Mariota made a great connection with Davis during their playoff stint and his production is expected to dramatically increase.
Alex Smith QB Washington Redskins
There is a new sheriff in town for the Washington Redskins and his name is Mr. Consistency. Last season, Alex Smith developed into a very reliable QB1 option as he put up very strong numbers. Now in a new system in DC, he’s a great backup QB selection that could ultimately become your starter as he becomes more acclimated to playing in our nation’s capital.
Derrius Guice RB Washington Redskins
Similar to Rashaad Penny and the Seattle Seahawks, the RB situation in Washington hasn’t been great but with the addition of Guice, the front office believe they have their RB for many seasons to come. While the Skins do have a tough strength of schedule for RBs, I wouldn’t be shy when it comes to taking a chance on this guy as the strong, Redskins O-line, finally has a solid RB to handle all three downs and be a good red zone option.