Thursday, Friday, and Saturday delivered several exceptional NFL Preseason games. Three Fantasy Football sleepers that I noticed in said games were:
Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington
The former Oklahoma State wide-receiver was drafted in the second-round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Steelers. Thursday against the Green Bay Packers he proved why he was drafted so high by catching 5 passes for 2 touchdowns and 114 yards. Washington is presumed to be the 3rd wide-receiver on the Steelers depth chart. In a pass heavy offense like the Steelers Washington will thrive. In PPR leagues he will be valuable because he will receive a lot of open passes while wide-receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are doubled or triple guarded. Washington has a opportunity to be a productive flex option and I suggest drafting him in the middle rounds of your draft. Washington has the skill set to be a deep threat as well which gives him big play potential, and big play potential equals a whole lot of points.
San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor
The 49ers 2017 fifth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech is an intriguing player. He’s currently the 49ers slot receiver, and what makes him a sleeper pick is his Quarterback. QB Jimmy Garoppolo is a sleeper in his own right, but Taylor is even more of a sleeper because of the position he plays. Garoppolo was second string QB of the Patriots for three years behind the five time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Brady’s favorite place to go to is his slot receivers, and the same can be said about Garoppolo. In Saturdays game against the Houston Texans Taylor had 2 receptions for 7 yards and a touchdown. While his yardage and receptions don’t pop of the page, his touchdown does. Garoppolo is looking for Taylor and that is what makes him a interesting fantasy option. Depending on how many players are in your league Taylor may be available in waivers, but if he isn’t, a late draft pick would be where I’d draft him. Taylor has the potential to be Garoppolo’s go to receiver, and that means a lot of points, especially in PPR leagues.
Oakland Raiders RB Chris Warren
The undrafted rookie out of Texas was relatively unknown until Saturday. He ran for 110 yards on 18 attempts. The Raiders rookie set the single-game freshman rushing record at Texas with 276 yards. Warren has shown he has big game ability in college so it’ll be interesting to see if it translates to the NFL.
The Raiders have a couple proven running backs on their roster already like Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin, but maybe Warren enters into the mix. Warren should be a waiver pick up, but if he keeps playing how he played Thursday then his draft stock may rise. Drafting Warren is certainly a risk, but it can be an even better reward. I will keep my eye on Warren for the next couple weeks, and I hope he continues to play how he did Thursday. Warren has a chance to be a break out player so he deserves a roster spot on any ones fantasy team.