Training camps are officially underway and football is one step closer to being back. After a long offseason, we can finally see NFL Sundays on the horizon, and boy, do they look beautiful.
With the NFL season drawing closer, fantasy football leagues have started back up, with hardcore and casual fans once again trying build the best team to win their leagues. Since I’m such a nice guy, I thought I would give everyone some potential sleepers to look at when drafting their teams. Now mind you, I might not be right with all of these predictions, but then again, neither are Field Yates or Matthew Berry.
Patrick Mahomes, KC – Mahomes is a special talent. He has ridiculous arm strength, good athleticism, and can make any throw from anywhere on the field. He benefited from sitting behind Alex Smith last season, and is poised to take the reigns and lead a potentially lethal Chiefs offense which features Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Travis Kelce. Unless you have a Chiefs fan in your league, Mahomes should be there for the taking in the later rounds of your draft. You would be wise to take a chance on him.
Mitch Trubisky, CHI – The Bears picked a QB guru off of the very popular Andy Reid coaching tree in new head coach Matt Nagy, who was praised for the work he did in Kansas City. Nagy should have a positive effect on Trubisky, who will have a solid supporting cast that is headlined by free agent signings Allen Robinson and Trey Burton. Tarik Cohen could also be an explosive option for the Bears QB. In the very least, Trubisky would be a solid #2 option who could eventually become your starter as he becomes more comfortable in Nagy’s offense.
Kenyan Drake, MIA – The Miami Dolphins probably won’t be that good this season, but Drake is definitely a name to keep an eye on. After a limited role in the first year and a half of his career, Drake exploded over the final five weeks on the 2017 season with 444 rushing yards. Miami’s only other RB of note is the ageless wonder Frank Gore, so this job should be Drake’s to lose. He will likely be a valuable RB2 worth selecting in the mid rounds.
Derrius Guice, WAS – I was surprised to see Guice, a first round talent, fall to the end of the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, though I’m sure the Redskins were quite happy that he did. Guice still needs to beat out Rob Kelley for the starting job, but if he does, he’ll form a potentially deadly RB tandem with scatback Chris Thompson. Definitely look to stash this kid on your bench for a potential breakout during the season.
Sammy Watkins, KC – While injuries have plagued him over his first few years in the NFL, Watkins still possesses the elite skill set that made him a top five draft pick. With other weapons like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt sharing the field, Watkins will likely have some favorable matchups and numerous chances to make big plays. If Patrick Mahomes turns out to be the real deal, Watkins could be primed for his biggest season yet. At this point, he would be a fringe WR2/FLEX guy for me, but his stock is rising.
Jordan Matthews, NE – There was a time when Jordan Matthews once looked like a future star receiver in the NFL. Injuries, drop issues, and a stint in Buffalo later, he’s now looking to revive his once-promising career in New England, where a certain future Hall of Fame QB is capable of bringing out the best in any WR. With Julian Edelman’s suspension and Malcolm Mitchell’s future in question, Matthews is poised to seize a big role in New England’s offense. He’s worth stashing on your bench as a possible breakout candidate.
Trey Burton, CHI – Anyone who watched the Chiefs offense last year knows that they love to utilize their tight ends. The Bears gave Burton a nice contract to become a key piece in Matt Nagy’s offense. He will likely be the number one TE over Dion Sims, and will become a more effective option as Mitch Trubisky becomes more comfortable with the offense. Burton is likely a fringe FLEX guy at this point, but as the season goes along, he might become a valuable TE1 in PPR leagues. He’s worth the stash.
Mike Gesicki, MIA – This past draft class featured some excellent tight end prospects like Gesicki, Hayden Hurst, and Dallas Goedert. However, while the latter two have stiff competitions in front of them, Miami’s starting job appears to be Gesicki’s to lose. He is a big, athletic tight end that fits the Rob Gronkowski/Travis Kelce mold, and should fit nicely in Miami’s offense. The question is, how often will Ryan Tannehill (or his backup) get him the ball? Regardless of that, Gesicki is (literally) a big sleeper pick that could payoff huge dividends.
As always, best of luck to all you this season. As Ser Arthur Dayne once said, “I wish you good fortune in the wars to come.” Also, please don’t tweet death threats or obscenities at the players when they don’t do well for you. 1) They don’t care if they just costed you *insert dollar amount here* and 2) they have more important things to worry about than how your fantasy team did. Let’s try to remember that and act like adults this season.
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