With the draft out of the way, let's kick off the new fantasy season with everyone's favorite off-season topic: Sleepers and Breakout Candidates
Let's avoid the new hotness that every site out there is already talking about; the Kenny Golladay/Chris Godwins'
Post Hype sleeper:
Corey Davis for instance is a name most are familiar with, he had a mini-breakout last season with 65 REC, 946 total yards and 4TDs. An injured Mariota, the worst pass blocking guard play in the NFL (According to ESPN's pass block win rate stat Josh Kline finished dead last in the NFL, Quinton Spain finished 5th worst) prevented the offense from consistently using Davis where he excells-- in the intermediate to deep passing game. The addition of Roger Saffold (who finished #3 in that stat) and one of Stinnie, Levin, Nate Davis should add talent to the O-line (who still needs to prove they can play well together before I recommend reaching for any TEN player). Additional weapons added this season should also help defenses from keying in on him allowing for more consistent production.
Keke Coutee: Stormed onto the scene last year breaking the NFL record for most receptions in a debut with 11 receptions for 109 yards. An injury hampered him the rest of the way limiting his production. He's got high ppr potential, especially if Will Fuller goes down for significant time again next season (as he has basically his entire career thus far).
Corey Coleman : OBJ's departure leaves a gaping void at receiver for the Giants. Most people are pointing at Sterling Shepard to take his place here; however he's more of a slot receiver without the athleticism necessary to survive as their #1 WR... the Receiver most physically equipped to replace him is this long forgotten fantasy dead man. He was productive in Hue Jackson's CLE Browns with some of the worst QB play in recent memory before a couple of freak broken hand injuries. Many people dropped him from their minds after he was cut from the Bills during preseason; but he got a late start there and was cut for not knowing the playbook. Odds are he just stinks, but there's a narrative that exists where he's a victim of circumstance and he still has the tools that made him a first round pick several years ago ready to seize what is likely his last opportunity.
Kenny Stills, Devante Parker, Albert Wilson - I know, I know. But this could be the year. MIA fields one of the least talented rosters in the NFL which means these guys could be garbage time bargains. Add to this, both Rosen and Fitz aren't gunshy at all and this could finally be the year to invest in MIA receivers.
Albert Wilson is the exception here as I just think he's really good and was criminally underutilized at KC. He has Golden Tateish YAC ability and was breaking out in a big way prior to his season ending injury.
Trey Quinn - Kelvin Harmon? Josh Doctson? Don't care. Trey is by far their best slot receiver, and he's going to be Haskins security blanket as he learns the ropes in the NFL. Quinn outproduced Courtland Sutton after transferring out of LSU's WR deathzone to SMU. When you outproduced a specimen like Sutton you're probably pretty good. A lot better than his Mr. Irrelevant draft capital would say otherwise.
Speaking of SMU receivers... Courtland Sutton is a huge sleeper. What got my attention last offseason was coaches raving about how coachable the kid was. He came out extremely raw last season and the coaching staff still saw enough out of him to ship out Demaryius Thomas. He somewhat fell flat on his face after receiving WR1 treatment after Sanders went down and never proved to be more than a Vertical threat in year 1; but let's go back to the "extremely coachable" narrative from last off season. If the guy is indeed the quick learner he was made out to be, he could be in store for some big things this season. He will be one of my favorite flyers wherever his ADP happens to land.
DaeSean Hamilton gets an honorary notice here as well. My enthusiasm for him will largely depend on how well Sanders comes back from injury.
Tre'quan Smith - Will Fuller makes his bones as the explosive deep threat specialist on a high octane offense. Smith is also an explosive deep threat on a high octane offense. Ted Ginn's presence looms; but that guy's wheels have to fall off sometime; and the history of 34 year old speed receivers is not pretty.
Quincy Enunwa - This guy is a monster. He pulled an elite marketshare last season when healthy.. but that's the problem. The guy always seems to be dinged up. Is that bad luck or is his body not made for this type of abuse? Only time will tell, but after Darnold posted the highest QBR of any QB in teh month of December there exists a case where he's the number 1 receiving threat on a high octane offense. In this best case scenario, Robby Anderson would enter Tre'quan Smith levels of sleeper appeal. I don't believe Robby will overtake Enunwa's target share but I could see a Hopkins-lite/Fuller-lite scenario here.
Christian Kirk: After entering the NFL with a spectacular production profile in college (1,000 yards as a true freshman at Texas A&M!) he put to rest the claims that he couldn't play outside as a rookie. Many people will be gunshy about this guy after the recent acquisitions of Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler... but those guys are both rookies, and have significantly less impressive resumes coming into the NFL. Larry will still command targets.. but Kirk is the guy to own here.
Honorary mentions: John Brown (BUF), John Ross (CIN), Keelan Cole/Dede Westbrook (JAX), Marquise Goodwin (SF)
And for those who just want a consolidated list of names:
Darwin Thomas (R)
Alex Barnes (R)
Josh Allen *gags*
Kahale Warring (R)