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Draft Prep: Late Round Fantasy Sleepers for 2019

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In the second installment of our annual TFA staff article, we’re bringing you our favorite late-round fantasy sleepers for 2019. Enjoy!

Late Round Fantasy Sleepers

John Brown – Maybe this isn’t a sexy pick, but give me the deep threat 17 yards per catch receiver on Josh Allen’s team. Brown has struggled to make a fantasy impact, notching only one 1000+ yard season back in 2015. However, his deep play ability is well-known and he played a full season with the Ravens in 2018. Despite the Flacco/Jackson QB situation last year, Brown finished with 42 catches for 751 yards, 5 TDs, and an impressive career-high 17 YPC average. Though his skill set was redundant with Bills receiver Robert Foster, Brown started on the outside all off-season with Foster running with the twos. The Bills won’t be the most pass-heavy team out there, but Brown looks to lead the receiving corps in targets and possesses one of the highest ceilings very late in drafts. Currently, Brown’s ADP is in the late 12th round, so you can get him cheap. The Bills will need to throw and Allen has the big arm to hit John Brown for some huge plays. According to Pro Football Focus, Allen’s average depth per throw (10.5) is 2nd to only Jameis Winston (10.8). Brown won’t be as consistent as you’d like, but could be a great spot starter for almost no draft capital. – Jen Smith (@TheOnlyJenSmith)

Alexander Mattison – Dalvin Cook has all the tools to be an amazing back but has struggled to stay healthy. I could see a situation where they try to keep Cook healthy by giving Mattison some of the work load. He’s my top hand-cuff option this year, and with how well he’s played this preseason he’s boosting his standalone value too. His 11.12 ADP puts him right alongside other high upside RB talent like Justice Hill and Tony Pollard, but I’ll stick with Mattison. – Anthony Pinzone (@the1andonlypz)

Matt Breida – I love Tevin Coleman as a player and he’s sure to have a great role in Kyle Shannahan’s offense this season. I didn’t forget about his explosiveness and ability to hit a home run any time he touches the football. I am of the belief that both he and Matt Breida will be able to produce solid numbers in this offense, which surely will improve with Jimmy Garoppolo back in action and added weapons in the passing game. When looking back at 2018, Matt Brieda played with a mix of C.J. Beathard & Nick Mullens for the majority of the season in what was a miserable offense at times. In 13 games Breida posted 1,075 total yards on just 180 touches (6.0 yards per touch) and finished as the RB26 in PPR. So far in the preseason, we’ve seen him running plenty of routes out of the backfield as well as being split out wide as a receiver, which bodes well for his overall involvement. I like him to continue his efficient ways and crush his ADP (again) this year when he surpasses 1,000 yards from scrimmage (again).  – Alex Fagundes

Marquise Goodwin – You can see all of my thoughts on Goodwin here. To summarize, Goodwin’s situation is much better than currently perceived, and his splits with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm could put him in a fantasy WR2 discussion. – Nate Henry (@NateHenryFF)

Dallas Goedert – I feel like everyone will be on the Justice Hills and Darwin Thompsons of the world so I’ll take a different approach. I’ve been punting tight end in most of my drafts because I think there’s a flat tier from TE6 to TE15. That said, I also think Goedert is a Top-5 talent at the position. He’s someone you can grab late with the hopes that Philly will utilize him more in his sophomore season. The Eagles are expected to run more 12 personnel this year, and Goedert can be a major threat in the red zone with his 6-5, 256 lb frame. There’s potential for double-digit touchdowns and a lot more if something should happen to Zach Ertz. – Dan Haas (@Dan_Haas)

Tre’Quan Smith – A bit of a post-hype sleeper here, Smith is sitting all the way down in the 14th round of drafts. For New Orleans, the targets are going to Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and then…? Smith has an incredible opportunity here going into his second year after showing glimpses of his potential in 2018. – Cody Kutzer (@CKutzerFF)

Damien Harris – The Patriots spent first-round capital on Sony Michel and we saw how he performed down the stretch. However, I suspect that the Patriots could ease his workload again this season until weeks 14-16 in order to gear up for the playoff stretch. His knees are a legitimate concern. Enter day-two running back Damien Harris. This guy is super talented and although he lacks long speed, he more than makes up for it with short-area quickness and receiving ability. There’s a chance he becomes the goal-line back and that role can easily be worth 10-16 touchdowns. Not a bad flier at the back end of your drafts. – Nick Cantatore

Justice Hill – I want any and all relevant pieces in the Baltimore Ravens ground & pound attack this season. Justice Hill is an athletic freak of nature who flashed his potential this preseason. Sure, the Ravens have a stable of RBs at their disposal, but none with a skillset quite like Hill’s. Expect the rookie to begin the season in a third-down role with Baltimore, with the upside to command a 50/50 split with Mark Ingram in the run-heaviest attack in the league. He’s going to be an every-week flex play by midseason. – Ryan Murphy (@themurph34)

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