2018 Fantasy Football Sleeper Picks To Bet On
Joe Mixon RB, Cincinnati Bengals
When Mixon arrived in Cincinnati in 2017, the team’s backfield was much too crowded. The rookie had to share carries with Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill -- who has since left for New England; despite the logjam, Mixon still served as the team’s most productive runner, totaling a team-best 626 yards and showing off his capabilities as a receiver by catching 30 receptions. With a year of NFL experience under his belt, less competition for touches and a dynamic skill set waiting to be utilized to its full potential, Mixon should breakout in 2018, putting forth a Le’Veon-Bell like effort for the Bengals. Target him early in your fantasy league.
Patrick Mahomes QB, Kansas City Chiefs
I’m usually not too keen on the success of quarterbacks in their first year as the starter. The differences between Mahomes and most in his position, however, make him an exception. For one, he has an offensive guru in Andy Reid to lean on play calling wise and should benefit from the offense’s versatility. He also has a number of weapons he can unload passes to, including two of the fastest wide receivers in football (Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins), the best tight end in the league not named Gronk, Travis Kelce and a helluva receiver out of the backfield in Kareem Hunt.
Tavon Austin, WR Dallas Cowboys
If the Cowboys aren’t bluffing and plan to pivot from the Rams’ strategy in 2017 and employ Austin in multiple roles to actually get him the football, then the do-it-all offensive weapon should be in for a career year. Not only should he be dangerous as a pass catcher for a Dallas team looking to dink-and-dunk more often in 2018, his ability to hit homeruns as a tailback and return man should lead to him racking up a ton of points in a variety of ways.
PS: He’ll be around late. Choose wisely. Also, watch his high school highlights and against Oklahoma if you want to see his skills as a running back. Shit is insane
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars don’t want Blake Bortles taking too many downfield or on the outsides. And rightfully so. They fared extremely well in 2017, making the postseason with a strong running game and Bortles avoiding costly mistakes/deep throws. With a similar strategy in mind for 2018, Seferian-Jenkins should serve as a prime pass catcher for Bortles, as he’s a huge target who should benefit from being in a tight end-friendly offense in need of a standout.
Kenyan Drake RB, Miami Dolphins
Despite playing on a loaded Alabama roster that featured Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough in 2015, I personally thought Drake was the most talented of the group and the one primed for most NFL success. A rare specimen who has the strength to be a bellcow back and the agility/hands to cause mismatches out of the backfield, Drake totaled two outings with at least 100 yards in six starts, authored six performances with at least three receptions and finished second in the NFL in gains of at least 40 yards with three during his second season in Miami. He should be available in the middle rounds and should be a high end RB 2.
HyAli’s Honorable Mention Fantasy Sleepers
Marquise Goodwin WR, San Francisco 49ers
Mike Williams WR, San Diego Chargers
David Njoku TE, Cleveland Browns
Nyheim Hynes RB, Indianapolis Colts
Equanimeous St. Brown WR, Green Bay Packers