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2020 Summer Sleeper: Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow has arrived to save the Bengals. We pick out a deep sleeper who could feature in the attack this season.

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 Bengals offense is poised to take a huge step forward in 2019 and have elite players in key positions. They drafted Joe Burrow to lead the offense with the first overall pick. Joe Mixon is one of the league's best running backs, finishing 2019 with 1,137 rushing yards - ninth in the NFL. He also caught 35 passes and had eight total touchdowns. AJ Green is an elite receiver when on the field but has struggled to get there due to injuries. Tyler Boyd has been one of the most consistent receivers in his absence and the Bengals also added a talented wideout in the second round of the draft, Tee Higgins from Clemson.

The offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL over the past few seasons, ranking 30th in 2019 per Pro Football Focus. Jonah Williams was drafted in the first round last year to help address the line but missed the whole season due to injury. The other spot in the offense in need of someone to step up is the tight end. CJ Uzomah was the starter every game in 2019 and only had 27 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns.

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2020 Summer Sleeper: Cincinnati Bengals
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