It’s only March, but it’s never too early to start thinking about winning that elusive Fantasy Football Championship. I’ve got a sleeper at each position that could help you hoist that trophy in 2019.
Running Back- D’Onta Foreman- Foreman has a chance to unseat starter Lamar Miller this season in Houston. Miller is in the final year of his deal and the Texans spent a 3rd round pick on Foreman with an eye towards the future.
He showed signs he could carry the load during his rookie season in 2017. He finished that year with 78 carries for 327 yards and 2 TD’s, good for 4.2 yards-per-carry. Unfortunately, he tore his achilles and spent most of last year on IR before trying to make a late comeback.
With Deshaun Watson and Nuke Hopkins leading a high octane offense, his numbers could be huge if he can wrestle away the starting gig. He’s currently being slotted in around the 50th RB slot. If he beats out Lamar Miller his upside is crazy.
Wide Receiver- Christian Kirk- Kirk played pretty well for a rookie and most receivers struggle their first year in the league. Kirk only played 12 games but had 43 receptions for 590 yards and 3 TD’s. He was on pace for almost 800 yards if he had played a full 16 games.
The offensive line and quarterback play didn’t do him any favors but both should improve in 2019. After the first game of the season, Kirk was targeted at least 4 times in every contest. With Kliff Kingsbury bringing the air raid offense the sky is the limit for Kirk.
He’s currently projected as the 40th WR and he’ll blow that up if he plays all season. Kirk could go well over 1000 yards and he’ll get drafted late.
Tight End- Vance McDonald- McDonald had decent production last season. He finished with 50 receptions for 610 yards and 4 TD’s. That’s a good finish as the 12th best tight end and his arrow is pointing straight up.
McDonald spent most of his career playing behind Vernon Davis but always balled when he got the chance. Last year, he had to share with Jesse James but he’s long gone along with Antonio Brown. Big Ben trusts McDonald and there’s a ton of targets available.
We’ve seen his upside as he had 10 catches for 112 yards in a playoff game two years ago. You also might remember the embarrassing stiff arm he gave Chris Conte on a 75 yard TD catch and run. He’s projected to get drafted as the 18th tight end but a top 10 finish is in the cards.
Quarterback- Phillip Rivers- Rivers is the most disrespected player in all of fantasy football and he should be your sleeper every year. He’s played all 16 games the last 13 years and has thrown for over 4000 yards ten times including the last six seasons. His consistency is crazy and undeniable.
The Chargers lost Tyrell Williams to the Raiders but will be getting back one of the best young tight ends in the league in Hunter Henry. Rivers has gone over 30 TD’s 6 times in his career, four of those coming in the last six seasons.
He’s currently going as the 13th QB but will finish higher than that like he always does. Last year he threw for 4,308 yards and 32 TD’s. You can expect similar numbers in 2019. Draft him late while you stockpile at receiver and running back and watch Rivers shoot it out with the best of them.
Bottom Line- Keep an eye on these guys during this offseason leading up to your draft. Grab them late in the draft, win your league, and hold that trophy high my friend.
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