In our annual 32-part Summer Sleeper series, DLF scribes identify a lightly-touted player on each NFL roster who may be worthy of your consideration. Our subjects all have varying levels of “sleeperness,” but each merits a bit of in-depth discussion here in the Premium Content section.
To help everybody along, we are going to be categorizing our sleepers under one of three headings:
Super Deep Sleepers – Players who aren’t roster-worthy in 12-team leagues, but are still worth keeping an eye on.
Deep Sleepers – An end of the roster player who is more often than not on the waiver wire in 12-team leagues.
Sleeper – A likely rostered player who makes for a good trade target. Their startup ADP puts them out of the top-175 or so.
Because we aren’t going to give you the likes of mainstream sleepers, most of these players will undoubtedly fizzle. All we are asking is for you to keep an open mind and perhaps be willing to make room for one of these players on your bench. You never know when the next Adam Thielen is going to spring up. Feel free to add your own thoughts about our choice for the designated sleeper, or nominate one of your own in the comments below.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have one of the more unsettled offenses in the league heading into the 2020 season. While head coach Doug Marrone remains in place for now, Jay Gruden has come down south to command the offense.
After shipping off “prized” 2019 free-agent quarterback acquisition Nick Foles, dynasty owners are excited to see continued development from second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew. The coaching staff and front office “mustache” themselves whether Minshew can be their franchise quarterback moving forward with the looming possibility of securing one of the top signal-callers in the 2021 draft.
Coming off a breakout campaign, third-year wide receiver DJ Chark will again be a focal point of the passing game with fluidity amongst the rest of the wide receiver depth chart. Such depth includes Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole, and exciting rookie Laviska Shenault. The tight end position has cheap, dart-throw options with Tyler Eifert reuniting with his previous Cincinnati OC (Gruden) ahead of the athletic Josh Oliver entering his second year.
That leaves the running back position, which is currently led by former fourth overall selection (yikes) Leonard Fournette. With Fournette’s unsettled relationship with the team, there may be some significant opportunity in the backfield sooner rather than later. That’s where we find the player we’ll discuss today, who could be a very inexpensive Fournette replacement.