The NFL Combine is over, and NFL Free Agency doesn’t start for another couple of weeks. We sit, serenely, in this downtime of takes (Mike Florio, as always, excluded). Fortunately for you, we here at Football Absurdity do not believe in downtime. As we patiently wait for NFL Free Agency to begin, it’s time to start taking a look toward 2020 fantasy football sleepers! Here are the pre-agency sleepers and their expert consensus rank on FantasyPros.com. Let’s start off by talking about some fantasy football sleepers at QB for 2020. This one was rough because about one-third of the league might have a different uniform or be out of a job when all the dust settles.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (QB13)
It might seem weird to put Stafford, the thirteenth quarterback off the board, among the sleeper candidates. You might ask yourself what exactly constitutes a sleeper? Well, I would say a backup QB who has the potential to end the year top-five at his position would qualify. Stafford missed eight games last season (the first time he’s missed a game since 2010) and slid back down draft boards. However, he ranked as the fantasy football QB4 in the games he played. Stafford averaged 312 yards, 2.4 touchdowns and 0.6 interceptions per contest. Stafford was one of three quarterbacks last season to average 300+ yards per game, and he was the only one who did it while throwing 2+ TDs and less than a pick per contest.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (QB18)
Only four quarterbacks last season had 4+ touchdowns in a single game three or more times. Lamar Jackson did it five times and was the gold standard. Jameis Winston, Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Jones all did this three times. indicating a tremendous weekly upside. Now, we all spent 2019 worrying about the big multi-turnover game from Daniel Jones. I don’t want to downplay his turnover problem, he has one, but so do a lot of rookie QBs. His turnover problem is also overblown. He turned in zero four-turnover games (there were 17 in the NFL last year), and he turned in just two three-turnover games. That tied him with Matt Ryan, Josh Allen, and Kyler Murray. Overall, 29 different QBs had a three-turnover game, so it isn’t a death knell. Jones presents a tremendous upside in year two at bargain-basement prices.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (QB20)
Now, hear me out on Goff. He did not play well for most of 2019, I will concede that. In the first eleven games of 2019, he threw for eleven touchdowns and twelve interceptions. It was rough. Then, the Rams realized that they have talented pass-catching tight ends on their roster, and they finally started giving Tyler Higbee some targets. In the last five games of 2019, Goff threw eleven touchdowns and just four interceptions, throwing multiple touchdowns in every game while averaging 329 passing yards a contest. Goff finished as QB11 or greater in four of those five contests, and his worst showing was QB14. Goff at QB20 is a steal, given the weaponry and offensive prowess that he’s shown in the past.