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Five fantasy football sleepers to target in your league's 2019 draft

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Five fantasy football sleepers to target in your league's 2019 draft

The 2019 NFL preseason is underway, which means two things: You're watching a lot of backups play, and it's time for your fantasy football draft. 

What really matters is the latter of the two.

Money is on the line. Bragging rights are on the line. Luckily, it's not too late to be prepared to look like a gridiron genius. And nothing makes you look smarter than finding the steal of the draft. 

Here are five sleepers to target in your fantasy football draft. 

Trey Quinn, WR, Washington

*Extreme Snoop Dogg voice* Who? Quinn could be the sleeper of all sleepers. 

The second-year Washington receiver was receiving rave reviews from coach Jay Gruden before dealing with a thumb injury. He isn't expected to miss serious time, but he might be a serious breakout player. 

Quinn, a seventh-round pick out of SMU in 2018, played in just three games last season and hauled in nine receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Washington doesn't have a star wide receiver, though, and if Case Keenum wins the starting QB job, Quinn could be his new favorite target from the slot. 

As a senior, Quinn had 114 receptions for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns. Look for him to break out and make a name for himself this season.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

Sure, Jackson isn't quite the sleeper that Quinn is. But the Ravens QB has plenty of doubters. 

Jackson is a legitimate threat to run for 1,000 yards as a quarterback and the electrifying QB is a better passer than people give him credit for. He'll have a full season understanding the Ravens' offense and has better players around him this season. 

Baltimore drafted a perfect deep threat in Marquise Brown and signed running back Mark Ingram II. Tight end Mark Andrews is an intriguing option as well. Justice for Lamar Jackson.

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington

Another Washington sleeper to keep an eye on, Guice is extremely talented. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Guice possesses power and speed, running a 4.49 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. 

Guice, however, tore his ACL in his first preseason game last season. He is practicing right now but hasn't been cleared for games yet. 

Once Guice is good to go, look for him to take off. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson might be ahead of him on the depth chart right now, but with his age and talent, Guice soon will be the No. 1 guy in Washington.

Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals

The Cardinals won't be contenders, but their offense could be electric. Arizona drafted receivers Hakeem Butler, Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson while signing former first-rounder Kevin White this offseason. Clearly, that's good news for No. 1 pick Kyler Murray. 

Don't forget about Kirk, though. 

The former second-round pick could thrive in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Kirk was a star in Texas A&M's spread offense and should fit right in with Kingsbury's love to air it out. 

Wins might not come every week for Arizona, but the Cardinals could be a must-watch team full of offensive highlights.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams

Do you trust Todd Gurley's arthritic knee? If you don't, have your eyes on Henderson.

Gurley is a star when healthy. If his knee starts acting up, the Rams have no issues pushing him to the back. To keep him healthy, they could have Gurley and Henderson share the load.

Henderson appears to be a perfect fit for Sean McVay's offense, too. The third-round draft pick rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior at Memphis and added another 295 yards receiving with three more scores.

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Sean Payton, Saints preparing for challenging battle with 49ers defense

Sean Payton, Saints preparing for challenging battle with 49ers defense

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Sean Payton and the Saints will have to contend with two Defensive Players of the Month this Sunday when New Orleans hosts the 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa took home the award for October, and linebacker Fred Warner earned the honors for November as staples of the 49ers' stout unit.

During his conference call with local media, the Saints coach was very complimentary of the 49ers' defense and what they have been able to accomplish so far this season.

“Pick a number, red zone, third down, quarterback pressures,” Payton said. “All those components are why they are sitting where they are at with their record and they’ve done a fantastic job.”
 
Bosa, in particular, has made an impression on the Saints coach. The Ohio State product already has tallied eight sacks, 16 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and one interception. 

“For someone who is young, you see an explosive athlete,” Payton said. “You see power. You see edge speed. You see someone, I think especially for a young player, who uses his hands extremely well. He’s played outstanding.”  

The Saints are known for their passing attack, with the connection between quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Michael Thomas fueling their success in the passing game. The Saints wide receiver ranks top in the league in receiving yards with 1,290.

Payton is very familiar with the veteran cornerback who could throw a wrench into the Saints' aerial game plan. He believes Richard Sherman is back to playing at the level he was prior to his Achilles injury.

“I think so you get everything with this player, along with between the ears,” Payton said of Sherman. “His instincts, his understanding of formations, leverage. He knows the defense cold. And his man-technique looks outstanding. I think his film has been extremely impressive. That back end group has been playing real well.” 

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The 49ers defense has had their challenges with mobile quarterbacks in four out of their last five games facing Kyler Murray twice, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson. The game plan facing the Saints will be decidedly different, but the film from each of those games has been useful in Payton's preparation. 

“Certainly there are game tapes that are better studies for us than others,” Payton said. “Now, 12 games in, you’ve got a real good foundation of what you’re looking at but to their credit, they are very disciplined in their alignments. 

“It’s not an exotic defense with all sorts of looks. And even when they play a team like Baltimore they still have structurally a starting point that they align in and then obviously there are some adjustments or things that they might want to do differently with an offense like that. That tape is important.”

Dennis Brown to replace Tim Ryan on radio broadcast for 49ers-Saints

Dennis Brown to replace Tim Ryan on radio broadcast for 49ers-Saints

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The 49ers announced on Thursday that former player Dennis Brown will replace Tim Ryan as the team’s radio analyst for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan was suspended for one game after the organization said it was “disappointed” in his Monday comments on KNBR. Ryan referenced Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s skin color as a factor that contributed to the 49ers defense’s difficulty in defending the read option.

Ryan issued a public apology to Jackson for his choice of words.

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Brown, 52, played seven seasons for the 49ers as a defensive lineman from 1990 to ’96, and was a starter on the team’s Super Bowl-winning team after the 1994 season. He has served as an analyst on KNBR’s pre- and post-game 49ers coverage the past two seasons.