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A big part of a successful draft is finding players after Round 10 who will surprise. The quest for deep sleepers is one all fantasy players undertake. We asked our staffers for help finding them. To focus our search, we will go through each division. Today, the NFC East.
And to clarify, by Deep Sleeper, we are talking about players who generally not drafted in the first 10 rounds.
Jalen Reagor is a slam dunk for an NFC East sleeper in 2020. The Eagles wide receiver corps has nothing but question marks with Alshon Jeffery losing a step (two? three?) in recent years and working through another injury recovery heading into Week 1. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was a non-factor as a 2019 rookie, and the players on the rest of the depth chart are low-pedigree rookies or fringe NFL receivers. Reagor has an elite metric profile plus Round 1 pedigree and is one of the favorites to lead all rookie receivers in targets and production. Paired with Carson Wentz (hopefully healthy), Reagor has top-24 upside even as a first-year wide receiver, typically a slow-starting subset for fantasy utility.
I will cheat a bit and name two. One is exactly the type of guy who you expect to be on a sleeper list and the other is not.
The first is Jalen Reagor. The Eagles wide receiver situation is a mess. Alshon Jeffery is on the PUP list and doesn't look like he's going to be a factor any time soon. Desean Jackson hasn't played a full season since 2013 and turns 34-years old in a few months. The door is wide open for Reagor to be Philadelphia's WR1 right away. He is a dangerous deep threat and really excels with the ball in his hands. He should get a lot of screens and short passes that will pad his PPR numbers. In an offense starved a reliable playmaker at wide receiver, Reagor has as good a shot as anyone of being the top rookie wide receiver in 2020.
The second is Sterling Shepard. Typically these sleeper lists are all young guys with unknown upside. Shepard is 27-years old and we pretty much know what he is at this point in his career. However, there is a bit more upside for Shepard than his ADP and most analysis would suggest. In 10 games, he averaged 5.7 catches per game last season (a 91-catch pace) and saw 9+ targets in 60% of his games. Some of that increased usage was due to injuries to other pass catchers (most notably, Evan Engram) but we cannot rule out somebody like Engram having another season where he struggles with injuries.
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