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2020 Fantasy Football: 10 sleepers to target

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Hitting on a fantasy sleeper is what takes your team from solid to completely unbeatable in the playoffs. You grab them in the mid-to-late rounds, pair them with the studs you picked early on and before you know it, your team has no flaws. 

There are always a bunch of players we don't expect to do much in the preseason but then vault themselves into the Pro Bowl in just one season. So it's our job to pinpoint some of those players to target in the draft. 

Here are 10 players to looks out for...

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Matt Stafford - QB, Detroit Lions (ADP: 101.5)

2019: 2,499 yards, 19 TD, 5 INT (171.5 points)

If you can get a productive quarterback with your sixth or seventh draft pick rather than your fourth or fifth, your team will be all the better for it. Stafford returns in 2020 after an injury-plagued 2019 poised for a big year on an underrated Lions team. 

DeSean Jackson - WR, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: 164)

2019: 9 rec, 159 yards, 2 TD (27.9 points)

Jackson only really played in one game last year and absolutely balled out, showcasing good chemistry with Carson Wentz and the ability to play across the formation. If he can stay on the field this season, he should prove to be a go-to target for Wentz with Alshon Jeffery's decline and rookie speedster Jalen Reagor stretching the field even more. 

Justin Jefferson - WR, Minnesota Vikings (ADP: 114.5)

2019: N/A

The Vikings plan to use Jefferson in the slot this season, which is the rookie's natural role and one in which he caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns last year with LSU. Kirk Cousins likes to utilize his slot receivers as well, so Jefferson is a smart pickup for any team in the mid-rounds, especially in PPR formats. 

 

Noah Fant - TE, Denver Broncos (ADP: 114)

2019: 40 rec, 562 yards, 3 TD (71 points)

It's always difficult for rookie tight ends to succeed in the NFL, so after a decent rookie campaign in 2019, Fant could be poised for a big year catching passes from Drew Lock. With all the attention going to wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, Fant may benefit from some extra space in the middle of the field. 

Matt Breida - RB, Miami Dolphins (ADP: 116.5)

2019: 123 car, 623 yards, 1 TD (84.3 points)

Breida goes from a crowded backfield in San Francisco to a relatively empty one in Miami. He'll likely split carries with Jordan Howard but other than that, he should have the bulk of the workload for the Dolphins. If he can stay healthy and Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen can keep defenses honest enough to keep opponents from stacking the box, Breida could have a high upside this year.

Jonnu Smith - TE, Tennessee Titans (ADP: 147)

2019: 35 rec, 439 yards, 3 TD (69.7 points)

With Delanie Walker gone, Smith is now the No. 1 tight end in Tennesee. Ryan Tannehill is back as the starting quarterback and will hope to build off the chemistry he built with Smith in 2020. Smith is an exciting young player and now he'll have the reps to show what he's got. 

Allen Lazard - WR, Green Bay Packers (ADP: 184)

2019: 35 rec, 477 yards, 3 TD (67.8 points)

The Packers refused to address their wide receiver group, which means Lazard is the team's No. 2 option behind Devante Adams. Continuity with Aaron Rodgers is key for any receiver, so Lazard could be in for a nice season. 

Bryce Love - RB, Washington Football Team

2019: N/A

Derrius Guice is gone and 35-year-old Adrian Peterson figures to be the lead back in Washington. There seems to be a void left to fill and Love has the talent to become a key piece in Ron Rivera's backfield. He just needs to stay healthy long enough to gain his footing. There's no question about the ability. 

Drew Lock - QB, Denver Broncos (ADP: 154.5)

2019: 1,020 yards, 7 TD, 3 INT (71.1 points)

Lock flashed franchise quarterback potential at the end of 2019, has had a full offseason to prepare and is leading an offense loaded with young talent at the skill positions. Everything's there for Lock to break out in 2020, it's just a matter of whether he can perform at the level he's capable of. If he can, we're looking at a Pro Bowler in Year 2. 

Mecole Hardman - WR, Kansas City Chiefs (ADP: 134)

2019: 26 rec, 538 yards, 6 TD (93.5 points)

The Chiefs offense is a fantasy gold mine and Hardman has serious upside as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Tyreek Hill. Kansas City drafted him seemingly as the heir apparent to Hill's do-it-all, uber speed threat role and he flashed serious potential during the team's Super Bowl run. Hardman may be a boom or bust pick this season, but the level of the boom outweighs the risk of the bust. 

All stats via FantasyPros

 

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