My Top Fantasy Football Sleepers Going Into Week 1

By Ben Babcock

 

Doug Baldwin/Tyler Lockett

The Seahawks lost receiver Paul Richardson and tight end Jimmy Graham this offseason. In the 2017-18 season, those two combined for a little over 1,200 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns. The Seahawks aren’t going to just stop passing the ball. Baldwin and Lockett are now the top two guys on a pass-first offense with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. My prediction is that they both get at least 200 yards and 3 touchdowns more than what each of them produced last year, given that they can stay healthy. Right now they are both recovering from injuries going into the season so their value has dropped. But if they can stay healthy I believe Baldwin will be a top 5 receiver and Locket will be a top 20.

 

Corey Davis

Davis showed a spark in the playoffs last year, scoring two touchdowns against the Patriots. Now that Eric Decker is gone the receiving core in Tennessee is wide open. Davis will at worst, be the 2nd best receiver on the team, and I believe he surpasses Rishard Matthews and emerges as the top dog, breaking out this year. I’m not saying he’s cracking the top 10, or even top 15. I’m just saying he will greatly outperform what he did last year and outproduce the players going around the same spot in the draft.

 

Emmanuel Sanders

Now that the Broncos have a legit quarterback in Case Keenum, Demaryius Thomas and Sanders will become big fantasy threats again. Demaryius is still the top guy there but I believe Sanders will be more than relevant I fantasy this year. Especially if the Broncos run game picks up and Royce Freeman produces. The Broncos offense could open up and be one of the better in the league, with Sanders as a top option.

 

Carlos Hyde

The Browns just paid Hyde a good amount of money this offseason, there’s no way they’re just gonna sit him behind Chubb. He has shown he can produce as a workhorse running back. Even though has isn’t very consistent I believe there’s a lot of potential in the Browns offense. Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon will spread the field and keep defenses from just stacking the box and stuffing the run. Hyde will still produce this year as a flex, with the ceiling of an rb2.

 

Marshawn Lynch

Lynch was disappointing last year, but then again, so we’re the raiders in general. Now under Jon Gruden, this offense will find itself again. Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper are two legitimate threats up the field and the Raiders have a very solid offensive line. Marshawn just needs to not be an idiot on the field and he can really produce again. I can see him rushing for yards 1,000 and 10 touchdowns easily if he plays every game.

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