2020 Fantasy Football Sleepers
Sleeper: A draft term for a NFL player that an owner believes is going to have a breakout season. These are usually players who are not rookies, but they can be. For the most part they are not well known NFL players. Usually sleepers are drafted in the middle to late rounds of a draft. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary
We have classified the following players as sleepers for 2020. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.
| Herndon drew some attention in the 2019 early fantasy draft season as a possible back-end TE1. He showed some upside in a few games (4/42/1, 4/62, 7/57, and 6/82/1) over the final 11 weeks in 2018, but a four-game suspension paired with a hamstring issue, and a broken rib led to a lost 2019 season. Last year the Jets ranked near the bottom of the league in TE prod... Read More|
|Jarwin showed growth over the last two seasons as the TE2 for the Cowboys after riding the bench in his rookie season. Dallas thought enough of him to sign him to a three-year $24.5 million extension ($9.25 in guarantee money).
His best success in 2019 came in three games (3/39/1, 1/42/1, and 6/50). Jarwin gained 50 yards or fewer in all 16 games last year.... Read More
|Irv Smith Jr.||TE||MIN||1||Unranked|
| After one season of success at Alabama (44/710/7), Smith worked at the TE2 spot. He was drafted in the second round in 2019. He finished with 36 catches for 311 yards and two TDs on 47 targets.
Minnesota had him on the field for plenty of plays (620 of 1,038), but he fell short of expectation as far as stretching the field (8.6 yards per catch).
Sm... Read More
|Mike Gesicki||TE||MIA||26||2||TE - #12|
| After playing well in two (5/79/1 and 6/82/2) of his final five games, Gesicki climbed to 12th in TE scoring (137.0) in PPR leagues in 2019. His season started with only 15 catches for 153 yards and no TDs over seven games. Based on his play over his final two seasons (48/679/5 and 57/563/9), his ceiling should rise when Miami creates more offense in the passing g... Read More|
|Noah Fant||TE||SEA||1||TE - #15|
|Breakout coming. The Broncos struggled to get Fant involved in the passing game over the first eight games (20/185/1) with Joe Flacco behind center.
He flashed in Week 9 (3/115/1) and Week 14 (4/113/1), but his other six contests offered no playable value (4/60, 3/14, 1/5, 2/56, 2/10, and 1/4).
He averaged five targets per game on the year, which fe... Read More
|Hayden Hurst||TE||CIN||28||2||TE - #19|
|After reinventing his career at a TE, Hurst played well in two seasons at South Carolina (92/1175/5).
Mark Andrews outplayed him over his first two seasons after getting drafted in the first round in 2019.
The Ravens traded him to the Falcons in the offseason to help fill the void of losing Austin Hooper (75/787/6).
Hurst flashed in two game... Read More
|Jonnu Smith||TE||NE||26||3||TE - #33|
| With Delanie Walker out of the picture for more of 2019, Smith secured over 70 percent of the playing time at tight end for the Titans.
Unfortunately, his bump in snaps led to about 46 percent of the catches (76) and receiving yards (948) while ranking lower (42.1 percent) in overall targets (107) for the TEs on Tennessee.
Smith teased in Week 8 (6... Read More
|Dallas Goedert||TE||PHI||28||2||TE - #9|
|After a tremendous final two seasons (92/1293/11 and 72/1111/7) at South Dakota State, Goedert worked as the TE2 for the Eagles in his first two years.
Last year his stats (587/607/5) nearly doubled from 2018 (33/334/4) thanks to Philly having weak options at the wide receiver position.
After a quiet first nine games (24/257/4), Goedert added more c... Read More