7 Sleepers to Target in Yahoo Fantasy Leagues
The term "sleeper" is a bit overused in fantasy circles. This is especially true considering this industry is so oversaturated with analysis, there really aren't any true sleepers left. A better way to approach the idea is looking for value in drafts when ADP doesn't match with a player's potential. Fortunately for you, we have a tool designed to do just that: The ADP Bargains tool. This technological wonder allows you to pair 4for4's rankings with the ADP from the site that hosts your fantasy league to instantly find valuable players to target based on the discrepancy between the two numbers.
Using this tool, I've highlighted several sleepers on each major site, with the Yahoo! lot below. I try to highlight different players in each piece, so even if your league isn't hosted on one of the other sites it'll still be worthwhile to see who I've highlighted. And don't forget to use the ADP Bargains tool often, as ADP will continue to shift as the season approaches.
QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff was a rising fantasy star after Sean McVay revived the former No. 1 overall pick’s career. Goff threw 28 touchdowns in 2017, then improved on all of his totals with 4,688 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2018. Last season … well, Goff once again eclipsed 4,600 yards but his touchdowns plummeted to 22 and he threw a career-high 16 interceptions. In drafts this summer, Goff has tumbled down draft boards to QB2 status, falling all the way to QB19 in Yahoo! ADP in early August. This fall overlooks the upside and appeal of Goff, making him a dynamite late-round quarterback candidate.
Signs point to Goff’s 2019 season being a statistical anomaly. Since the 1970 merger, 51 quarterbacks have thrown for 4,600 yards in a season, and Goff’s 22 touchdowns are the second-fewest of that bunch (Matthew Stafford, 2012). The average touchdown total for a 4,600-yard season was about 34.5. This all tracks logically, as more yards puts your offense in a better position to score more touchdowns. It also tracks with Goff’s numbers in Sean McVay’s offense. Goff’s touchdown rates under McVay are 5.9%, 5.7%, and then 3.5% in 2019.
Goff should naturally swing back more toward those numbers in the 5s, which will boost his touchdown total. Lastly, Goff played well down the stretch once the Rams shifted their offense to a more frequent two tight end base approach (12 personnel). Over the Rams final five games, Goff averaged 328.6 yards per game, with 2.2 touchdowns per game (5.1% touchdown rate). Goff is likely to rebound, and while he might not vault into the top 10 among quarterbacks, he could easily get close, returning tons of value on your extremely late-round pick.
RB Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles
Scott was a bit of a fantasy flash in the pan last season, but only because his limited opportunities came so late in the season. When given opportunities, Scott proved dynamic, highlighted by his three-touchdown explosion against the Giants in Week 17, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. With Jordan Howard taking his talents to Miami, there are a wealth of backfield opportunities up for grabs, with Scott most likely to pick up the slack after Miles Sanders gets his.
Scott was on the Saints practice squad before the Eagles scooped him up in 2018. The 5-foot-6 running back has just 61 career carries to his name, but he averaged 4 yards per carry on those totes and scored four times, also catching 24 of his 26 targets for 204 yards. Scott averaged 87.5 yards per game from Week 14 on, showing the Eagles what he was capable of. And according to some on the Eagles’ beat, the team took notice. Scott is 4for4’s 108th ranked player and he’s coming off the board in Yahoo! drafts as pick 190 (in other words, undrafted in smaller leagues). Don’t sleep on Scott, who could see his role grow in 2020.
RB Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills
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