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2020 Summer Sleeper: Philadelphia Eagles

In a crowded Eagles receiver room, is there one player we are overlooking?

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.

Before we get to my sleeper for the Philadelphia Eagles, let’s discuss who it isn't.

It’s not Boston Scott. Scott has an ADP of 156, so he’s more of a “buy low” than “sleeper” type to me. I think everyone also already recognizes the upside he possesses, especially if Miles Sanders were to miss any time.

It’s also not JJ Arcega-Whiteside, even if his current ADP of 206, would place him firmly in the “sleeper” range. JJAW is a player I would identify as being a “bounceback candidate”. For this series, I wanted to dig just a tad deeper.

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2020 Summer Sleeper: Philadelphia Eagles
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6gummybearsandsomescotch
2 years ago

Thanks Shane! I love the deep dives. These definitely represent real sleepers in an era when most mainstream sleepers are well known to serious dynasty players. Very insightful point on the slot vs. outside role Ward plays and his lack of competition. He also seems to be showing a real willingness to stick with the position and get better. Thanks again!

Chris Mertz
2 years ago

I was certain Michael Warren might get the nod, here.

neil chester
2 years ago

He’s a nice player, I’m just not sure it’s worth a roster spot rostering an undrafted wr with potential to be a wr3 over any backup rb Or backups backup, who can carry the load as an upside injury stash for 2-3 game run.

Raymond Phillips
2 years ago

Are we declaring JJW a bust?

Andrew Englebrecht
2 years ago

Picked up lots of Warren as well as Watkins Ian’s Hightower. Gonna check the waiver wire for Ward. Somebody will emerge; might have been Ward already.

Robert Andrews
2 years ago

As a Houston alum/donor I got to know Greg Ward Jr while he was here. If they gave fantasy points for heart, he’d be a first-round pick.

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