The Paw Print picks 2020 fantasy football sleepers


Noah Neri and Zach Singer

After an offseason of uncertainty, the NFL is back right on time to cure your quarantine boredom. And of course, along with the NFL season must come fantasy football. Luckily for you, The Paw Print sports writers have laid out our annual fantasy football sleepers to help you win your league. These players are readily available on the waiver wire and have major breakout potential this year.

Peyton Barber: RB, Washington Football Team: 

After veteran Adrian Peterson was shockingly cut from Washington’s roster, all the hype has been going to versatile rookie Antonio Gibson. While Gibson is definitely talented and got a large share of carries, the week one goal line work went to Barber, who scored two TDs. Barber will be a consistent threat for big weeks in the Washington backfield.

Bryan Edwards: WR, Las Vegas Raiders:

Rookie receiver Bryan Edwards is a scary good value with an insanely low ownership rate right now. Edwards has gotten only high praise from the Raiders’ staff and players during training camp, and now has a chance to start with veteran Tyrell Williams out. Getting Edwards with your last draft pick has no risk and could net you a potential breakout star.

Joe Burrow: QB, Cincinnati Bengals: 

Even though it may be scary to trust in a rookie quarterback with your fantasy season on the line, Burrow is the man to break that mold. The Heisman Trophy winner and national champion just came off one of the greatest NCAA seasons we’ve ever seen and now steps into an absolutely LOADED Cincinnati Bengals offense. With tools such as AJ Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon at his disposal, Burrow is a strong bet to have some huge games, especially if the Bengals find themselves in large holes early.

Chris Herndon: TE, New York Jets: 

Due to loads of injuries and bad play-calling, leaning on a New York Jet for fantasy points last season was a tough hill to die on. However, with Sam Darnold fully healthy,  the Jets are looking for someone to split the target share with Jamison Crowder. Look no further than Chris Herndon. Herndon’s 2019 campaign was a let down, there’s no denial in that. But let’s be clear, it’s never easy for a player to start with a four game suspension and be riddled with injuries on top of that. That was Herndon’s 2019 season in a nutshell. Now fully healthy,  Herndon has been getting all positive reports out of training camp. Darnolds expected to use Herndon as his security blanket in the Jets offense which will lead to week to week fantasy value. 

Scotty Miller: WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Week one bias? Possibly. However, ever since Tom Brady dropped a bombshell on the NFL and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the majority of the hype has surrounded their star wideouts, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Even former Patriot TE Rob Gronkowski had the world buzzing. But with all the big names and proven stars in the Tampa Bay Offense, a young breakout candidate has flown under the radar. Meet Scotty Miller. The former Bowling Green standout enters his sophomore campaign in the NFL with little to none production from his rookie year. But as seen Sunday, Miller is going to be Brady’s multi-purpose weapon in Tampa. Seeing five catches for 73 yards in week one is a promising sign for Miller, and his usage should only grow from here.

Tyrod Taylor: QB, Los Angeles Chargers: 

He’s not flashy and he’s not going to bring excitement. And yes, he is currently playing for his job, but as of right now Tyrod Taylor remains someone who is fantasy-relevant. Though week one was not a promising sign for Taylor, they controlled the tempo and score throughout the entirety of the game. That’s not the position Tyrod is used to being in. Where you’ll see Taylor thrive is when the Chargers are down in games, and he’s able to use his legs to accumulate rushing value. Though he struggles for consistency, when he’s given the green light to use his running ability, he becomes a quality fantasy player. Though years ago, when given that chance to use his strengths, he finished as a Top 12 fantasy quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. He’s worth a bench spot in certain leagues at this moment, and having him in your back pocket could lead to some quality fantasy production.

Note: at time of publication, QB Tyrod Taylor has sustained a chest injury of unknown severity, causing him to miss Week 2. However, the Chargers have maintained that he will remain a starter if he is healthy.