Yawn. Just woke up. Great nap, I’m a sound sleeper. I was dreaming of rubbing lotion on Kerryon’s Johnson and drafting D.K. Metcalf and Marquise Brown in the 10th round of my home league fantasy draft. 15-20 years ago that type of bargain might have been possible on stud second year wide receivers like Hollywood and D.K., but in the modern world of social unrest and social media it’s rare to find a player who isn’t being touted by a least a two dozen fantasy analysts. The fantasy football market has become more efficient than Wall Street. So why are we still using the term “sleeper” when the crowd is already woke to these players in the year 2020? The same reason I’m including the terms hot chicks, sexy teens, large boobs and bukkake in this post. Search engine optimization of course! 

As long as people still use the term bukkake sleeper, we’ll still write about them. But in 2020 a sleeper is no longer a completely unknown player. It’s become more of a broad term used to describe a mid-to-late round draft target believed to be significantly undervalued. Or at least that’s what the term means to me, don’t ask me how Captain Obvious over at ESPN is using it. Anyway, here’s a list of my top sleepers for 2020 fantasy football:

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Monrovia is the capital city of the African country Liberia. Today, it is home to just over 1 million citizens, making it the country’s most populous city. Liberia’s capital is rich with a compelling history. It was built by emancipated American slaves in the early 1800s and took its name from former United States President James Monroe. Monroe was a staunch supporter of sending freed slaves to Africa to live better lives than could be had in the Americas at that time.

This capital city is the birthplace of Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Sirleaf was the first woman elected in Africa as President of their country. She was given her award for being a leading advocate on women’s rights and safety. I could write thousands of words on Monrovia or Sirleaf and their place in history (another day). Today, I will be telling you all about the second most famous Monrovian, Washington “Awaiting a Name’s” sophomore wide receiver, Kelvin Harmon.

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My pops wasn’t a man of many words, but when he spoke, he morphed into the Korean E. F. Hutton. Of course, I was a knucklehead for most of my life, so the words didn’t register with me until much later. I’m a stupid, stupid man. Regardless, one phrase that did always stick with me was, “Potential don’t mean [email protected]#!” He wasn’t saying that it was worthless, only that hard work and actual productivity trumped it. I think about that phrase often when it comes to fantasy football, especially when it comes to incoming rookies. We get so hyped, by either the physical gifts or situation, that we prematurely ejaculate all over ourselves. Clyde Edwards-Helaire being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round could be the next sticky situation with Damien Williams being the value we should be targeting. Let’s dig in and see what we can uncover.

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The last few years I’ve become obsessed with food truck culture. Tacos, burgers, Neopolitan pizza, fried rice. You name it, there’s a food truck for it. I also might just love food that’s going to kill me or the show The Great Food Truck Race. Actually, Food Network in general is just quality programming. They have all the Guy Fieri one person could ever dream of. And I dream a lot about having frosted tips, outdated sunglasses, flame button up shirts, and excessive pinky and wrist jewelry. 

Quarterbacks are the food trucks of fantasy football. You don’t need to pay a lot of capital to get quality as long as you know where to look.

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Last week, Matthew Berry released his early top 10 RB ranks. Before I get into them, I’m not in the business of bashing Berry. I don’t think he’s the worldwide leader (get it?) for fantasy football analysis but he means a lot to the community, no matter who you are. We are many months away from a single snap of pigskin, so I’ll take the rankings with a grain of salt and just as a conversation starter. And a conversation starter it was. David Johnson as a top 10 RB? Is there a new RB named David Johnson that I’m unfamiliar with? Anyone who has David Johnson as a top 10 let alone a top 15 running back in 2020 has a typo on their 2016 tape of him and it was marked 2019 on accident. 

Since a standard league at ESPN is PPR, I’m assuming that this is a PPR list. The rest of his list is pretty standard. He has the regular top 4 of Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley, and Ezekiel Elliott. The rest of the list rounds out like this: Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, Aaron Jones, Austin Ekeler, and of course, David Johnson. I’m not sure about the order that I would have my top 10 going into 2020, except that I will probably have Austin Ekeler over Aaron Jones. But I do know that as of now, Miles Sanders will be a top 10 PPR back for me.

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That’s my McDonald’s order. I fully expect my guy Vance McDonald to produce as much happiness for my fantasy football season in 2019 as that order does for my stomach. Although I previously touched on my tight end philosophy in my draft strategy article a few weeks ago I’ll repeat it here because I probably wouldn’t click the link either:

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Much noise has been made in fantasy circles about the Arizona Cardinals and the potential for a new-look, explosive offense in 2019. Some of the reasons to be excited for what Kliff Kingsbury will bring to the NFL were discussed in part 1 . Despite a lackluster 2018, David Johnson has seen his ADP remain at RB5/6 and Kyler Murray is being taken as a low end QB1 in the 8th round of redraft. A rookie QB has not been drafted that high since Robert Griffin III in 2011. But what about the pass catchers? Despite enthusiasm surrounding the offense in general, the beneficiaries of a supposed top 12 QB are not reaping rewards as it pertains to ADP. This is a gross mistake on the part of preseason drafters. To see this, it is helpful to refer to a chart of WR production in a Kingsbury offense:

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In reality, I could write about three of these sleeper posts on wide receivers a week. The position just lends itself to it. Most leagues only start 3 with maybe a flex spot for a possible 4th but you really want an RB there. So, if there are 32 teams and each team has about 3 starting receivers per team, that’s 96 wide receivers to account for. Now subtract 36 from that number and you’ve got what’s left for either your bench or the FA pool in a 12 team league. It’s like the anti-RB position where if you have a pulse and you’re a back up to DMC, you’re probably getting drafted. But none of that has to do with the topic at hand, of course, that was merely food for thought. Food?!? What kind of food?!? It was a turn of phrase, I.R. You shouldn’t do that. People out there might be hungry. I’ll try to keep that in mind next time. But enough about hot pockets and lean cuisines, I’m here to talk about a guy named Vincent Brown and how he’s a fantasy football sleeper for 2013…I’m gonna keep cutting myself short until we have 500 league signups (or thereabouts). Before I direct your attention to Vincent, I’m going to redirect your attention to our Razzball Commenter Leagues Signup. Like what all the kids at school said about your mom, it’s free and easy. Want details? Well that link I provided you should give you everything you ever (and maybe never) wanted to know about how to get the ball rolling. There’ll be prizes as well if you need your fancy tickled. And with that over, we’re now back to our regularly scheduled post…

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I already went over my (admittedly vague) definition of a Sleeper and Bust in the Defensive Line version of this article, but it’s worth revisiting. A sleeper is someone who will significantly outperform their draft position, allowing you to improve your team at other positions, while a bust is someone who will essentially do the opposite.

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