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2 Athletic Marvels You Must Add to Your Watchlist: Houston Texans Deep Sleepers

Most fantasy analysis is devoted to sorting the order of players likely to have an immediate impact, but every year there are a handful of overlooked deep sleepers who emerge to fill a starting role in redraft.

Last year, it was guys like Phillip Lindsay and James Conner at running back. Deep sleepers at WR are a little harder to find, but we did tell you to watch out for Curtis Samuel, and he flirted with WR4 numbers.

Most of these guys in this deep sleeper series will be misses, but the goal is to look for the silver lining and find a handful of players that will emerge from their sleeper slumber in 2019.

Here’s a look at the rest of our deep sleeper series so far:

Kahale Warring, TE

Warring has been a favorite dynasty target of the RotoViz crew since popping in our TE model earlier this offseason, but he has a path to rookie relevance as well.

The Texans TE depth chart may have some depth, but it’s not the steepest hill to climb for the 6-foot-5, 252-pounder out of San Diego State. After using a third-round pick on Warring, he immediately becomes their best prospect at the position.

As John Lapisnki points out in his look at three rookie TEs to target, the Texans ran the most two-TE sets in the league last year, opening the door to plenty of early-career snaps for the former water polo stud.

And despite being relatively new to football, Warring’s production from a market share perspective was encouraging on a low-volume Aztec offense.

Seas Games Rec RecYds RecYPR RecTD RecMS RecYdsMS RecTDMS
2016 2 2 17 8.5 2 0.08 0.06 0.5
2017 8 18 248 13.8 3 0.16 0.18 0.3
2018 9 31 372 12 3 0.25 0.21 0.27

That kind of market share from a TE, along with an excellent athletic profile, make Warring one to watch.

I don’t want to oversell Warring as a sleeper because we all know that first-year impacts at the position are rare. But the usually sober Box Score Scout app is making it really difficult to remain level headed when looking at his most comparable profiles.

What to Watch for in Camp

I’ll be looking for news from beat writers about Warring’s ability to get on the field with the first team and stay there.

While it remains unlikely that he’ll be fantasy relevant in year one, that door is open if he can beat out the rest of his underwhelming competition in camp.

Jester Weah, WR

Weah was a 2018 UDFA signing whose rookie season ended before it started due to injury.

He’s a pure flyer in deep dynasty formats, but his athletic pedigree is intriguing. His uncle George is one of the best soccer players in African history (and also happens to by the current president of Liberia). Jester’s cousin Tim (George’s son) made the US Men’s National Soccer Team at 18-years old.

Weah flaunted his impressive physical traits at least year’s combine. At 6-foot-2, 211 pounds, he had:

  • The sixth-fastest 40-yard dash in the 2018 NFL Combine (4.43), tied with Keke Coutee and Calvin Ridley
  • The fourth-highest vertical at 38.0, 1.5 inches behind DJ Moore
  • The fifth-longest broad jump (129)

His speed score was in the 92nd percentile in the class, giving him the fifth-best Freak Score, ahead of even DJ Moore.

Weah is more than just a workout warrior, racking up 1,566 receiving yards over his final two years at Pitt. He averaged more than 20 yards per catch while hitting that dominant 30% market share threshold for receiving yards as a sophomore.

Year G Rec Yds MS Yds Avg TD
2016 13 36 870 0.30 24.2 10
2017 11 41 698 0.27 17 4
Total 24 77 1,556 0.28 20.3 14


What to Watch for in Camp

The Texans can start three studs at WR, but the talent falls off fast after that. Currently listed behind DeAndre Hopkins on the depth chart, I’d love to see Weah separate himself from the likes of Vyncint Smith and Isaac Whitney this summer to put himself in a position to win snaps in the case of an injury in front of him.

Image Credit: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Deshaun Watson.

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