Fantasy Soccer WR Sleepers: A number of younger extensive receivers poised for breakouts

What number of instances has your fantasy soccer matchup come all the way down to choosing that final extensive receiver or flex? These selections could make the distinction, so discovering the appropriate sleeper WR decrease within the pre-draft rankings — be it a boom-or-bust big-play man or a low-ceiling, PPR possession sort — can go a good distance. 

The expertise on the extensive receiver place is unfold out greater than ever. A complete of 24 receivers had greater than 1,000 yards in 2019, however solely two, Detroit’s Kenny Golladay and the Rams’ Cooper Kupp, scored 10 TDs or extra. Manufacturing is available in quite a lot of methods and from quite a lot of gamers, together with rookies, second-year standouts, and potential third-year breakouts.

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The potential for a breakout season is there for these 14 receivers, all of whom have the potential to enormously outperform their common draft positions:  

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Fantasy Soccer WR Sleepers

Justin Jefferson, Vikings  

Jefferson put up absurd numbers at slot receiver for LSU final season with 111 catches, 1,540 yards, and 18 TDs. He fills a void in Minnesota left by Stefon Diggs, and although it is unlikely he performs at Diggs’ degree instantly, he has the potential to emerge as a dependable goal for Kirk Cousins later within the season.  

Diontae Johnson, Steelers  

Johnson was inconsistent early final season, however he turned it on in Pittsburgh’s closing 4 video games with 23 catches on 31 targets for 257 yards and a pair of TDs. He might be featured extra within the offense, and the return of Ben Roethlisberger ought to translate into way more manufacturing.  

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Darius Slayton, Giants 

Slayton emerged as a waiver-wire gem final season after averaging 15.Four yards per reception, and he completed in a six-way tie amongst receivers for eighth within the league with eight TDs. Slayton did all that regardless of hauling in 48 catches on 84 targets. Daniel Jones does a great job of spreading the wealth in New York, and even full seasons from Golden Tate (5 video games missed final yr), Sterling Shepard (6), and Evan Engram (eight) should not kill Slayton’s worth. He is a price decide in commonplace leagues.  

Mecole Hardman, Chiefs 

Hardman wanted simply 26 catches to whole 538 yards – a 20.7 yards per catch clip that makes him one of many more-exciting fantasy performs on any given week. Hardman’s six TD catches lined 287 yards, a tremendous common of 47.eight yards on scoring performs. That mix of home-run pace matches completely in Kansas Metropolis’s offense and will result in extra manufacturing in 2020.  

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Jalen Reagor, Eagles  

The Eagles grabbed Reagor within the first spherical, and there is some attraction primarily based on his potential within the return recreation. Reagor averaged 15.2 yards per catch at TCU with an inconsistent quarterback state of affairs. Philadelphia will make use of his expertise. Given the Eagles’ lack of wholesome, dependable WR choices, Reagor might have worth instantly and will have additional worth in PPR leagues.  

Replace: Reagor injured his shoulder on Aug. 30 and is ready to overlook 4 weeks, killing his early-season worth and hurting his general season-long potential.

N’Keal Harry, Patriots 

Accidents restricted Harry to only seven video games as a rookie, and he was a bit participant within the New England’s offense because of this. The 6-Four former first-round decide could make New England’s new beginning quarterback snug along with his dimension, particularly if it is Cam Newton underneath heart. He might want to enhance his catch share to be extra constant, however the buy-low attraction is there on a workforce that lacks playmakers. 

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Preston Williams, Dolphins 

Williams totaled 32 catches for 428 yards and three TDs as a rookie earlier than a torn ACL ended his season. He was a constant PPR receiver as much as that time, and that position might be necessary when Tua Tagovailoa takes over at quarterback for the Dolphins. The 6-5 Williams(knee)  is on observe to be prepared by Week 1, and he’ll will begin the season as a WR4 or WR5 on fantasy rosters. The upside is there to maneuver up the ladder.   

Allen Lazard, Packers 

One other 6-5 big-play risk, accidents pressed Lazard into service final season, and he took benefit of the chance with Aaron Rodgers. Devin Funchess, Inexperienced Bay’s largest offseason signing at receiver, opted out in August, so Lazard is in place for main enjoying time once more this season. Lazard had seven video games with at the least 40 yards receiving final season, however he’ll must rating extra TDs reverse Davante Adams to have actual worth. 

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Josh Reynolds, Rams.

The departure of Brandin Cooks means 72 WR targets from final season are up for grabs in L.A., and in the event you throw in Todd Gurley’s 49 targets, there’s a lot to go round for a viable WR3 in fantasy. We won’t say for sure that Reynolds will get the majority of these, as second-round WR Van Jefferson might simply as simply be the prime beneficiary, however Reynolds is established within the Rams system and has had some good video games prior to now as a fill-in for varied starters. With Tyler Higbee establishing himself a legit choice for the Rams, it is doable this offense can not help three viable fantasy WRs, however Reynolds and Jefferson are nonetheless price watching. — Matt Lutovsky

Anthony Miller, Bears

This may be the third yr in a row Miller has been on this listing, and fantasy homeowners are in all probability sick of listening to preseason hype about him. We sympathize, however this actually may very well be the yr. Not solely may he be enjoying with a possible improve at QB in Nick Foles, however he additionally ought to get extra targets after the departure of Taylor Gabriel, who obtained 141 targets the previous two seasons. He confirmed flashes of upside final yr, significantly a five-game stretch from Weeks 11-15 when he averaged 6.6 catches and 86.2 yards on 10.Four targets per recreation. Maybe coincidentally, Gabriel missed three-and-a-half of these video games. — Lutovsky

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Michael Pittman Jr., Colts 

Pittman Jr loved an impressive senior season at USC, totaling 101 catches for 1,275 yards and 11 TDs. That means he might make an affect in PPR leagues a rookie. He’ll take some strain off T.Y. Hilton, and an opportunity to work with a veteran quarterback in Philip Rivers would not harm. Pittman Jr. might be cheaper than the opposite rookie receivers on this listing, too.  

Breshad Perriman, Jets 

Perriman is the basic hit-or-miss deep risk receiver who could make (or break) your week. He has 95 catches on 195 targets via a four-year profession with three totally different groups. The attract stays a profession common of 16.Four yards per catch, in addition to a monster exhibiting over the ultimate three weeks final yr whereas in Tampa (17 catches, 349 yards, 4 TDs). He will not have gunslinger Jameis Winston forcing it to him this yr, however maybe he finds a rhythm with Sam Darnold within the Jets’ offense.  

Devin Duvernay, Ravens

The Ravens have a reasonably set hierarchy of producers, so it is not straightforward to determine a legit sleeper. Third-round decide Duvernay is a boom-or-bust decide for this listing, as he’ll be no larger than the No. three goal for a workforce that does not cross usually, however the 5-11 speedster might get nonetheless break sufficient massive performs to have worth. No. 1 WR Marquise Brown wasn’t constant or wholesome all of final season, and it is doable Lamar Jackson is unleashed as extra of a passer this yr with a view to avoid wasting put on and tear on his physique. All that makes Duvernay somebody to look at early within the season. — Lutovsky

Hunter Renfrow, Raiders 

Renfrow was a cult hero throughout his school days at Clemson for his knack for the large catch, and he began to search out his position with the Raiders late final season. He had back-to-back 100-yard video games with a pair of TDs in Weeks 15 and 16, and homeowners have a tendency to recollect these gamers who come via within the fantasy playoffs. Renfrow will earn an elevated position within the offense in 2020 and has an opportunity to be an actual PPR stalwart.  

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