Five Second Year Breakout Fantasy Football Players in 2020
One way to get ahead of the competition in your Fantasy Football League is to hit on draft picks that make a big jump in fantasy production from the pervious season. More specifically, hit on players that out perform their average draft position.
On a recent Harris Football Podcast, Chris Harris and Matt Harmon of Yahoo discussed Five Level-Jumpers for 2020. Players they feel will make a “level-jump” next season. I thought I’d take a crack at coming up with a list of my own. For my list, I focused on 5 second year players that I think may just make a big leap in 2020.
Miles Sanders – RB – Philadelphia
The Eagles really found something the last part of the season with Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. Sanders performance wasn’t totally unexpected as a 2nd round pick. Jordon Howard is now in Miami, so Sanders looks to be the top RB in Philly heading into 2020.
Dionte Johnson – WR – Pittsburgh
Johnson’s rookie campaign was someone stunning considering who was in charge of getting him the ball. A 59 catch, 680 yard, 5 TDs season is certainly respectable for about any rookie W. When you consider Big Ben went down in Week 2 and Johnson was catching balls from Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph, his rookie campaign looks even more impressive.
With Roethlisberger expected to be back under center this year, I would suspect Johnson is going to make a lot of breakout / sleeper lists in 2020.
Darius Slayton – WR – NYG
Slayton was a 5th round pick out of Auburn who grabbed 48 passes for 740 yards and 8 TDs his rookie year. He had 3 multiple TD games and a pair of 120+ yards games and an ability to get deep.
It wouldn’t hurt of his QB made a similar Jump in 2020. Speaking of which…
Daniel Jones – QB – NYG
I’m doubling down on second year breakouts on the NY Giants. Jones certainly had his ups and downs as a rookie. There were some great statistical performances and there were plenty of issues with ball security. Such is the life of an NFL rookie QB. I’m not expecting fantasy QB1 performance out of Jones, but I think he’s worth a flier as a QB2 who could surprise.
D.K. Metcalf – WR – Seattle
Metcalf had a solid rookie season with flashes of real high upside potential. He had a breakout performance in the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Eagles with 7 catches for 160 yards, a touchdown, and a beautiful grab to seal the game late in the 4th quarter. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he has Russell Wilson throwing him the football.
To listen Chris an Matt give their Top 5 Level Jumpers for 2020 with analysis on each pick, check out the Harris Football Podcast.