Fantasy Cheat Sheet: Your Draft Primer to Sleepers, Rookies & More
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- With the NFL season right around the corner, our fantasy football experts have provided a cheat sheet to help streamline your draft prep.
- They've identified the best sleepers, rookies, late-round quarterbacks and even the busts to avoid in 2020.
- Read more from Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman below.
Editor’s note: Eagles rookie WR Jalen Reagor suffered a shoulder injury on Aug. 30 that will reportedly sideline him for Weeks 1 and 2.
Draft day is here. Are you ready?
To streamline your prep, our trio of award-winning fantasy football rankers have made their picks across various categories — their favorite sleepers, top rookies and more.
Find a cheat sheet feat. all their picks below followed by quick summaries of their analysis.
Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheet
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- Sean Koerner was FantasyPros’ No. 1 fantasy football draft ranker of 2019, has finished as their top in-season ranker in three of the past five seasons and is Action’s Director of Predictive Analytics.
- Chris Raybon was the fourth-most accurate FantasyPros’ ranker of 2019 and has watched every NFL snap since 2010.
- Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs and was the sixth-most accurate FantasyPros ranker in 2017.
Damien Harris, RB, Patriots: There are question marks up and down the Patriots’ running back depth chart. If Sony Michel is injured or ineffective, Harris will have a real chance to steal the lead-back job, which could be worth 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns. Read more from Freedman.
Will Fuller, WR, Texans: The missed games are all anyone seems to remember when it comes to Fuller, but he’s proved that he can produce at a high clip, even with DeAndre Hopkins hogging 10-plus targets per game. With Hopkins gone, Fuller has the inside track to be Deshaun Watson’s new No. 1 receiver. Read more from Raybon.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles: The fantasy football market has Goedert’s value entirely backward. Most assume that Zach Ertz lowers Goedert’s floor/ceiling combo, but ultimately, the opposite is true. Read more from Koerner.
Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens: True breakout candidates are hard to come by these days — with the increase in passing and the spread offense, most receivers end up breaking out in Year 1 or … just aren’t that good. But Brown is the quintessential breakout candidate. Read more from Raybon.
Hayden Hurst, TE, Falcons: Austin Hooper was my highest-owned tight end of 2019 thanks to his role in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s scheme, which has historically produced TE1s. Now I’m bullish on Hurst for the same reason — he should step right into Hooper’s role. Read more from Koerner.
Noah Fant, TE, Broncos: Fant is highly likely to break out at some point. It might as well be this year. Given the positional importance of athleticism and also draft capital, Fant looks like a future producer. Read more from Freedman.
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns: Chubb has upside to be a top-five back if everything goes right for him this season, but I could just as clearly see Kareem Hunt taking on a way bigger workload than expected at this point. Read more from Freedman.
Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons: Gurley has lulled us into forgetting his risk. He hasn’t missed many games due to his knee injury, but he’s seen a major decline in efficiency. He hasn’t been completely unproductive yet, but I see it coming. Read more from Raybon.
Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons: A decline in rushing touchdowns in Atlanta raises Gurley’s bust potential. I’m avoiding him in basically all my drafts. Read more from Koerner.
Top Fantasy Rookies
Cam Akers, RB, Rams: I am inordinately high on Akers. If not for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Akers would actually be my No. 1 pick in rookie dynasty drafts. He might already be a top-12 fantasy back. Read more from Freedman.
Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles: Reagor looks primed for a significant role in Philadelphia’s above-average offense. The Eagles are hurting at wide receiver, so they’ll need him to start Week 1. Read more from Koerner.
Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Colts: Henry Ruggs III has been the rookie WR I’ve been highest on for most of draft season, but Pittman provides superior value. As the Colts’ likely starting X-receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton, Pittman could finish as the top rookie WR in fantasy. Read more from Raybon.
Favorite Late-Round QBs
Joe Burrow, Bengals: Investing in rookie QBs who went No. 1 overall in the draft tends to be a winning proposition. The five quarterbacks picked first overall over the past decade who have gone on to start all 16 games in Year 1 have posted a median QB10 finish. Read more from Raybon.
Cam Newton, Patriots: Is it fair to call a former MVP with five top-five fantasy finishes a sleeper? When he’s being drafted outside the top 12, yes. Read more from Freedman.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars: Given his skillset and the likelihood of the Jaguars tanking, Minshew has a chance to imitate 2019 Ryan Fitzpatrick. Read more from Koerner.