With the start of the 2019 NFL preseason we are officially underway. Before you draft, take a look at our top sleepers and busts for the 2019 season.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
After getting comfortable, Lamar Jackson finished the final seven weeks last season with over 15 fantasy points. He doesn’t need to throw the ball to be successful, but he will. Barring an injury, expect big things from Jackson this year.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
Mayfield led the NFL in deep completions per game last season. This year, he’ll be throwing to Odell Beckham Jr. With targets like Beckham, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and eventually Kareem Hunt, the sky is the limit this year.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With talented receivers, an offensive-minded coach, and a questionable run game, Winston could have some big games this year. He loves to throw the ball down the field and has dynamic playmaking receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Howard has good value based on his current ADP, and is always a redzone threat. If you can snag Miles Sanders with him, even better.
Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Henderson should start out as a valuable handcuff as he works his way into a timeshare. If Gurley needs to miss time for any reason, Henderson would become an RB1.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Samuels will be breathing down James Conner’s back this season, and if Conner goes down, Samuels instantly becomes an RB1. He’ll be inexpensive, and should still get 3rd down work even with Conner healthy.
Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears
There aren’t many receivers that pose a threat both in the slot and down field. Miller snagged seven touchdowns last year for the Bears, five of which came from the slot. He also led all Bears in deep-ball receptions. Expect a big year from Miller.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s air raid offense will involve lots of four wide receiver sets, and the Cardinals will likely be playing catch-up in a majority of their games this year. Kirk will be a valuable piece of this offense with tremendous upside.
Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers
After an impressive finish to last season, Pettis finished fourth in the NFL averaging 17.3 yards per catch. With a healthy Garoppolo and minimal competition for targets, there’s a lot of room for Pettis to make a big jump. Expect a lot of play-action and run-after-the-catch opportunites from Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens might not be passing as much as we hope, but Lamar Jackson loves to throw to his TE. Andrews finished the season strong last season and with his impressive play-action numbers he serves to pick up more targets this season.
Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
There’s a lot of targets up for grabs in Pittsburgh, and we’ve seen Big Ben favorite his TEs in the past. McDonald has a high floor and a high ceiling.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Not necessarily a bust, but can’t justify the price. Brees is 40 years old and too inconsistent on the road for his current ADP.
Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots
Michel’s health and his minor role in the passing game are both concerns with justifying his ADP. He was only on the field for 36% of New England’s snaps last season and received only 14 targets all year.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Too many mouths to feed in Kansas City, and Watkins health is always a question mark. For the price, pass.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
Walker will be 35 this year returning from a dislocated ankle. Tennessee is a run-first offense and he’ll be battling Jonnu Smith for targets.