The best four words during a fantasy football draft: You. Got. A. Sleeper.
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Head coach Ron Rivera was energetic when asked about Love’s progress. “I really do appreciate how hard Bryce has worked in the offseason in terms of his rehab program,” Rivera continues during his Zoom interview (via Peter Hailey of NBC Sports Washington). “From where he’s come, it’s been remarkable to watch. He’s done a great job. Very smart, bright football player. Loves the game and works hard at it.”
Before Love’s senior year, he was destined to be a Heisman Trophy candidate and a first-round pick but multiple surgeries on his right knee led to being selected in the fourth round to Washington.
He’s a later round “diamond in the rough” kind of player. In his junior year as a Cardinal, he rushed for an insane 2,118 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. His yards per carry in his last two years were around five yards.
And for fantasy purposes, it’s worth taking a chance on this “underdog.”
McLaurin Destined to Rise Up in DC
Speaking about the word “underdog.” While many people are excited about Amari Cooper in Dallas—the newly minted 100 million dollar man—there’s another NFC East intriguing wideout who should be coveted.
Who says you need to go for the most expensive entree on the menu when you can get your money’s worth in a receiver like Terry McLaurin.
According to OurLads.com, the 2019 third-round pick out of Ohio State has been upgraded to the top receiver spot. After a silent but effective season where he caught 58 passes (from Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins) for 919 yards and seven scores.
JJ Zachariason of NumberFire.com is also feeling bold with McLaurin. The second-year receiver was only targeted 90 times (20% of the passing plays in 14 games) and is expected to see that target range increase to 25 to 26 percent.
By the way, you know how many times Cooper scored in 2019? Eight times (one higher than McLaurin).
Food for thought as you make out your player list for the draft.
More Washington Football Team Notes
- Washington cut wideout Cody Latimer. Latimer was signed after two years with the Giants, in 2019 he caught 24 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns. The wideout depth chart involves Dontrelle Inman, Trey Quinn, Kelvin Harmon, and Cam Sims.
- Recently, head coach Ron Rivera was diagnosed with lymph node cancer. Although he said that he will coach in the 2020 season, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will be the interim head coach if Rivera has to take a leave of absence for cancer treatment.