Fantasy Football Sleepers to Target – Number 11: Mecole Hardman
Man, I am EXCITED about Mecole Hardman. I am trying to not let my fandom of the Kansas City Chiefs cloud my vision, but if Hardman does what I am predicting in 2020, I will probably have him too low on this list.
Looking at Hardman’s raw stat line and 2019 wasn’t a super impressive season. Hardman finished 2019 with 538 total yards and six touchdowns, which isn’t too bad in an Andy Reid offense for a rookie wideout. If you consider that Hardman did that on only 26(!) catches, you can start to see the amount of upside that Hardman has.
Hardman only had 41 targets all of last year. His 20.7 yards per catch led the entire league. To put things into context, his teammate Sammy Watkins ended up with 90 total targets last year, which he turned into 673 yards and three touchdowns.
Hardman is going to be the team’s secret weapon this year. Tyreek Hill may be one of the best deep threats we have ever seen, but the Chiefs are now using him as a true number one, running a wide variety of routes and concepts that may open a role up for Hardman to be the teams deep threat.
Hardman’s ADP has him in the 12th round, and I fully expect him to outplay that and then some. Take your shot on the young wide receiver next year, you won’t regret it.
Fantasy Football Sleepers to Target – Number 10 Mark Ingram
Baltimore drafted a young exciting player in J.K. Dobbins in the second round, and everyone is expecting him to take over immediately as the team’s lead back. To that I say, not so fast.
This year is going to be different than any other year in the NFL. There is an abbreviated training camp. There is no preseason. Rookies are going to have a harder time now getting into the fold right away than maybe ever. That is why Mark Ingram is a huge value to your fantasy team.
Ingram ended last year with 1,018 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. You wouldn’t know that if you glanced at his ADP, which has him in the fifth round. That is entirely too low for a running back coming off a great season on a team that leads the league in rushing attempts per game.
J.K. Dobbins may eventually supplant Ingram, but it won’t be right away. Look for Ingram to get off to a hot start, and then use him as trade bait halfway through the season if Dobbins starts eating heavily into his workload. Just read the tea leaves and stay fluid with the situation and you could get a dominant player and a great trade asset.