The 2019 NFL preseason is underway, which means two things: You're watching a lot of backups play, and it's time for your fantasy football draft.
What really matters is the latter of the two.
Money is on the line. Bragging rights are on the line. Luckily, it's not too late to be prepared to look like a gridiron genius. And nothing makes you look smarter than finding the steal of the draft.
Here are five sleepers to target in your fantasy football draft.
Trey Quinn, WR, Washington
*Extreme Snoop Dogg voice* Who? Quinn could be the sleeper of all sleepers.
The second-year Washington receiver was receiving rave reviews from coach Jay Gruden before dealing with a thumb injury. He isn't expected to miss serious time, but he might be a serious breakout player.
Quinn, a seventh-round pick out of SMU in 2018, played in just three games last season and hauled in nine receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Washington doesn't have a star wide receiver, though, and if Case Keenum wins the starting QB job, Quinn could be his new favorite target from the slot.
As a senior, Quinn had 114 receptions for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns. Look for him to break out and make a name for himself this season.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
Sure, Jackson isn't quite the sleeper that Quinn is. But the Ravens QB has plenty of doubters.
Jackson is a legitimate threat to run for 1,000 yards as a quarterback and the electrifying QB is a better passer than people give him credit for. He'll have a full season understanding the Ravens' offense and has better players around him this season.
Baltimore drafted a perfect deep threat in Marquise Brown and signed running back Mark Ingram II. Tight end Mark Andrews is an intriguing option as well. Justice for Lamar Jackson.
Derrius Guice, RB, Washington
Another Washington sleeper to keep an eye on, Guice is extremely talented. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, Guice possesses power and speed, running a 4.49 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
Guice, however, tore his ACL in his first preseason game last season. He is practicing right now but hasn't been cleared for games yet.
Once Guice is good to go, look for him to take off. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson might be ahead of him on the depth chart right now, but with his age and talent, Guice soon will be the No. 1 guy in Washington.
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals
The Cardinals won't be contenders, but their offense could be electric. Arizona drafted receivers Hakeem Butler, Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson while signing former first-rounder Kevin White this offseason. Clearly, that's good news for No. 1 pick Kyler Murray.
Don't forget about Kirk, though.
The former second-round pick could thrive in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Kirk was a star in Texas A&M's spread offense and should fit right in with Kingsbury's love to air it out.
Wins might not come every week for Arizona, but the Cardinals could be a must-watch team full of offensive highlights.
Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams
Do you trust Todd Gurley's arthritic knee? If you don't, have your eyes on Henderson.
Gurley is a star when healthy. If his knee starts acting up, the Rams have no issues pushing him to the back. To keep him healthy, they could have Gurley and Henderson share the load.
Henderson appears to be a perfect fit for Sean McVay's offense, too. The third-round draft pick rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior at Memphis and added another 295 yards receiving with three more scores.
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