10 Fantasy Football Dynasty Targets
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans – A.J. Brown’s dynasty stock was out of control after balling out the last 6 weeks of the regular season. After his 1 catch 4-yard Wild Card game performance against New England, perhaps you can manage a more reasonable deal to acquire him. My concern with Brown’s dynasty stock is the run heavy approach of the Derrick Henry led Titans’ offense. Furthermore, Brown’s unsustainable 20.2 yards per reception. And finally, was Tannehill’s 2019 run an aberration? Or can he excel when faced with legitimate expectations over 16 games? Use those points to try and finesse a Brown owner as his dynasty arrow is pointing up.
Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers – The 3rd round rookie opened many eyes this season as a reliable target in the Steelers’ offense. Johnson’s success further proved that the Steelers know a thing or two about drafting talented receivers after Day 1. All three of their starting receivers were drafted after the 1st round, and all three have bright futures. Not to mention Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders in the past. The biggest boon for Johnson’s stock next season and the Steelers’ offense as a whole is the possible return of Ben Roethlisberger. The last time Ben was under center the Steelers led the league is passing attempts which bodes well for Johnson to have a huge second year leap.
Darius Slayton, New York Giants – 2020 5th round selection Darius Slayton possess similar big play talent like A.J. Brown. Injuries to a plethora of Giants’ receivers in 2019 opened up an opportunity that Slayton took full advantage of. He goes into 2020 with a young signal caller in Daniel Jones and a deep play element that the other receivers in New York do not consistently demonstrate.
James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers – Another big play receiver on the docket with James Washington. This is something Washington showcased during his collegiate career as he averaged 16.7 yard per reception in 2019. See above with Diontae Johnson as Roethisberger’s return elevates Washington’s stock. He should start in three receiver sets (which is predominately what the Steelers offense runs) and I expect him to receive over 100 targets next season. Washington didn’t have a breakout year with Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges at quarterback, but his 2019 campagin was encouraging and his 2020 outlook looks bright.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers – Deebo “The Pitbull” Samuel has been electric for the Niners this season both as a receiver and running the football. After a slow start in 2019, Deebo showed the league why he was my 2nd ranked WR in the class finishing up strong once the 49ers realized that they needed to feed him the football. I am not sure how much longer Emmanuel Sanders will be a 49er but his presence seemingly helped Deebo develop his craft. Deebo should be the second option in the passing game behind George Kittle no matter who is in the 49ers WR room in 2020.
Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders – “Third and Renfrow” as he was dubbed as a member of the Clemson Tigers, offers a nice security blanket for the risk adverse Derek Carr. He may not be a league winner but he offers a safe floor for your fantasy team. He also showcased his ceiling ending the 2019 season on a high note with back-to-back 100 yard 1 touchdown games. I strongly believe the Raiders will bring in a rookie wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft but Renfrow’s role as the slot receiver in an offense that likes to work the short to intermediate passing game will produce pretty solid numbers.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos – All the talk coming into the 2019 season was who was the better fantasy option out of Hawkeyes rookie TEs Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson. After Hockenson exploded in Week 1 against the Cardinals where tight ends go to ball, it was Fant who displayed more consistency and big play ability. After ending the season on a sour note due to a nagging shoulder injury, Fant’s value may be low enough for you to acquire him in your dynasty leagues. The future looks to be the big arm quarterback Drew Lock along with Courtland Sutton and Fant in the Broncos passing game.
Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings – Here is my sleeper of the group who gets an added bonus of playing a position that’s been inconsistent through the years. Irv Smith is in a peculiar position in a run first offense with two star receivers and a starting veteran tight end in Kyle Rudolph. However, the Vikings run tons of two tight end formations and have a quarterback that was gun shy of getting the ball out of his hands deep down the field at times in 2019. I expect for Smith to lead the Vikings tight end room in targets, receptions, and touchdowns in 2020.
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles – Miles Sanders was one of the most hyped running backs in the 2019 draft class by both his coaching staff and fantasy analysts. After ceding carries to Jordan Howard and company in the first half of the season, Sanders took over the Eagles’ backfield in the second half of the season. Not only does Sanders represent one of the few big play options in the offense, he also has a three-down skillset that’s intriguing for PPR fantasy owners. Even with the slow start, Sanders joined Gale Sayers, Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, and Saquon Barkley (among others) as one of just seven rookies in league history to account for 800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards. If he receives a full workload for all 16 games in 2020, he can be a league winner.
Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Speaking of a running back that can be a league winner with more opportunities in 2020, Jones is someone to target due to his explosiveness. He was the Buccaneers best option in the backfield in 2019, but being in Bruce Arians’ doghouse at times due to his pass protection really hurt his fantasy value. The former 2018 draft “bust” according to some now has a bright future once he improves as a pass protector which I have no doubts he will do in 2020. Jones’ size, speed, and big play ability makes him a guy to target in your dynasty leagues.
Other Players to Target –
- D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
- Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
- David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
- Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills
- Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
- Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
- D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
- D.J Moore, Carolina Panthers
- Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys