Separating the unfilling late-round wide receivers from the high-upside sleepers on Draft Day is an essential part of building a winning Fantasy roster in 2020. There isn't a shortage of players who can drop 10 Fantasy points per game this year, but that shouldn't be the goal. The goal should be to find the guys who are so good you can't even consider taking them out of your lineup. Some of these guys won't live up to the hype I'm giving them, but it's pretty clear what kind of player you should be looking for based on this article. With that being said, let's look at 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers who can make an immediate impact on your team Day one.
1. Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers:
2019 Stats: 35 Receptions, 477 Receiving Yards, 3 TD’s
Analysis: Despite Aaron Rodgers and Packers fans not feeling pleased about this year's offseason, it did work out well for Allen Lazard. Green Bay did practically nothing to help out Rodgers, and new acquisition Devin Funchess just opted out of the 2020 Season. Lazard will have to beat out Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown for the No. 2 role behind Davante Adams, but he has a clear advantage after the relationship he built with Rodgers in the second half of 2019. Expect Lazard to still be available by the 12th or 13th round in most leagues, and he has a clear upside to be a solid No. 3 receiver.
2. Steven Sims, WR, Washington Football Team:
2019 Stats: 34 Receptions, 310 Yards, 4 TD’s; 32 Kick Returns, 819 Yards, 1 TD
Analysis: Sims has been one of my favorite late-round receivers to target for a while, and it's nice to see others jumping on the bandwagon. I'm especially excited about Sims in 2020, as he should be the No. 2 receiver for Washington behind Terry McLaurin. Sims closed 2019 on a tear with at least 15 PPR points in each of his final three games. Over that span, Sims recorded 16 catches for 190 yards and four touchdowns on 29 targets, and he should continue to build on a solid duo with Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, or Alex Smith this year. Rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden is also worth keeping an eye on as another sleeper to target, but Sims has the higher upside to be a quality No. 3 Fantasy receiver this season.
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3. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Fransisco 49ers:
2019 Stats (In College): 65 receptions, 1,192 Receiving Yards, 8 TD’s
Analysis: Aiyuk will likely continue to gather more attention as we get closer to the season with the uncertainty of Deebo Samuel's foot injury. If Samuel's injury is serious enough for him to miss time, Aiyuk could become the No. 1 receiver for the 49ers, which would drastically increase Aiyuk's volume in San Fransisco. Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in June, and there's a chance he could remain on the PUP list once the season starts. Aiyuk will battle with Jalen Hurd and Kendrick Bourne for targets, but Aiyuk has a much higher ceiling as a first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft. If Samuel misses multiple weeks in the season, Aiyuk could challenge to be the best rookie receiver in the Class of 2020. That's a stretch given that the 49ers aren't a pass-happy team with their ferocious Running Attack, but Aiyuk could have a big opportunity depending on how long Samuel is out.
4. Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars:
2019 Stats (In College): 56 Receptions, 764 Yards, 4 TD’s
Analysis: Shenault is a late receiver to target in most leagues, and will probably go undrafted in many casual leagues. You simply don't see a receiver with a fantastic collegiate production record like Shenault's whose team invested the 42nd overall pick to add him to a soft positional depth chart go this late most years. Jacksonville looks headed for a season where they'll have all the reason in the world to see what they have in their young players as they shouldn't be competing for a Playoff spot anytime soon. Fellow Receivers Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley will both be Free Agents after this Season, which will give Shenault more opportunity and volume for him to produce in his Rookie year.
Shenault is a versatile bulldozer of a wide receiver who added goal-line work in college out of the wildcat formation but was also a more impressive downfield receiver than he gets credit for. His profile is something of a cross between Deebo Samuel and A.J. Brown with a little Taysom Hill sprinkled in, and he's a perfect complement for D.J. Chark. Assuming Shenault's versatility gets him on the field, it wouldn't be to shocking to see him lead the rookie wide receiver class in 2020 Fantasy points this Season.