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:
Myles Gaskin, RB
I couldn’t conjure up two deep sleepers from this roster, although for what it’s worth, their top-four WRs are apparently all mid-level “sleepers.”
But I did find plenty to like about one deep sleeper — seventh-round RB Myles Gaskin. Much like Lindsay last year, Gaskin did nothing but produce in college, only to be overlooked in the draft.
Jordan Hoover highlighted some of the Washington product’s statistical exploits, including the fact that he had four 1,000-yard rushing seasons playing in the Pac 10, just the 10th player in FBS history to do so.
Gaskin’s first-year workhorse score at 18.9 years of age was the best of any back in college football last year, and as a junior, he piled up 1,612 total yards while scoring 53% of Washington’s offensive TDs.
He possesses a solid overall skill set. Among the 2019 rookie class, Gaskin had:
- The fifth-best 40-time (4.58)
- Third-most rush attempts/game
- Eighth-most rush yds/game
- Fourth-most receptions/game
Other than the bench press, the 5-foot-9, 205-pounder didn’t test well at the combine.
But production (and opportunity, of course) matters more than athleticism at RB, and it’s no fluke that Gaskin was consistently able to put up big numbers against good competition.
Myles Gaskin has stupid silly body control pic.twitter.com/E5AqR4jiAw— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) September 16, 2018
What to Watch in Camp
I’ll be keeping an eye the battle between Gaskin and Kalen Ballage to back up Kenyan Drake.
Playing against the same Pac-10 competition, Ballage never cracked 700 rushing yards in four years at Arizona State. As a rookie, he had just 191 rushing yards, and most of that came on a single 75-yard TD run.
I like Gaskin’s chances of winning that fight, and from there, he’s just one injury away from significant snaps. He’s one of the better bets to be this year’s Phillip Lindsay.
Image Credit: Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Phillip Lindsay.
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