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THE WALKING DEAD: Deep Fantasy Sleepers in 2019

Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (ADP: WR96)

After three seasons in which his career numbers (81 receptions, 1,100 yards, eight touchdowns) look more like what the Redskins hoped to get in one year from the former first-round pick, Doctson’s entering a contract year after the Redskins declined his fifth-year option. But per Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team’s website, Washington head coach Jay Gruden isn’t ready to give up on the 26-year-old just yet.

“I’ve been impressed with Josh. Really, he’s come out. He’s come to work every day. He’s been in all the meetings. He’s running. I think when the ball’s in the air he’s been making plays left and right. I’m Josh’s biggest supporter up here and I’m really, really hopeful that he comes through in a big way this year,” head coach Jay Gruden said. “It’s a big year for him, we all know contractually, but for this football team for us to have success we need his input. We need his production. I think this is going to be a big year for him. If he has the year that I think he should have, then our offense should really take the next step.”

By just about any objective measure, Doctson’s been a massive disappointment as a pro—he was 67th in PPR fantasy points among wide receivers last year and has never cracked the top-50 at the position. Doctson’s also the nominal No. 1 receiver for a Redskins team that could be playing from behind with regularity this season. There’s some “Hail Mary” fantasy appeal here.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (ADP: TE28)

For the past several years, Eifert has been the poster-child for “what could have been” among fantasy tight ends. After catching 13 touchdown passes in 13 games on his way to finishing as a Top-10 fantasy option, Eifert has played in just 14 games over the last three seasons combined. But not only does Damian Parson of the Stripe Hype believe that Eifert will stay healthy this year, but Parson was so bold as to predict that Eifert would finish the year as a top-five fantasy tight end.

“In the league today,” he said, “tight ends are rising every year and becoming more prevalent. With Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, everyone moves up a notch in the tight end rankings. Outside of the top three (Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle), the spots in the top five are wide open. A healthy Eifert possesses more upside than Eric Ebron or Jared Cook. He should be able to rise among the ranks by season’s end.”

That’s a lot of rising—and a take that falls somewhere between “really optimistic” and “someone’s been day-drinking.” But the thing is, Eifert doesn’t have to finish inside the Top-10 to return phenomenal value on the minuscule investment it requires to obtain his services. If the 28-year-old comes close to finishing inside the Top-10 he’ll be a massive steal at a position that’s a big question mark outside the “Big 3” in 2019.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an eight-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last three years. He won the honor in 2017. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.