Fantasy Football Sleepers to Target – Number 13: Hayden Hurst
This is less of what we saw on the field last year, and more what we can tell about an organizations intentions because of the offseason moves. The Falcons lost Austin Hooper in free agency, and in his wake the Falcons have nearly 100 targets to fill.
Hurst himself is a former first round pick, and at 26 years old, is still young enough to burst onto the scene. Atlanta offers a much more friendly environment for pass catchers than Baltimore. Atlanta finished first in pass attempts last year, with 684 total. The Ravens finished dead last, only attempting 440 passes all season.
Hurst’s ADP right now has him near the 10th round, which means he could be among the tight ends this year that take a leap and launch themselves into fantasy relevance. If you find yourself in a position where good players are falling to you because of a run on tight ends, don’t be afraid to scoop them up and take a chance on Hurst later in drafts.
Fantasy Football Sleepers to Target – Number 12 Ronald Jones II
Ronald Jones is a fascinating prospect, and one that I am targeting in a lot of my drafts. The former first round pick hasn’t shown much so far in his career, but he is in line to have a breakout season.
Tampa Bay currently has talent all over its roster. These elite players are going to open up the game for Jones in a way that he hasn’t seen since arriving to the NFL. Not to mention the brilliant offensive mind of Bruce Arians is there to help cultivate success.
In his last two games last year, Jones posted 183 yards on the ground in only 25 attempts. That is good for 7.3 yards per carry.
Jones also only went over 15 carries just twice last year, and is in line to receive more rushing work, as Peyton Barber is no longer on the team. With Jones currently sitting in the seventh round right now, it wouldn’t take much for him to outplay his ADP.
Look for his production to take a step forward in an offense that is loaded with talent.