In this list, you will not see names like Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd, or Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. This list digs deeper.
Within, there are some rookie and sophomore players and some older veterans who really have the chance to become legitimate fantasy football threats this fall.
Check out eight later-round players, poised for greatness in 2019.
Andy Isabella, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals
We need to get to know this rookie receiver and look at what he can bring to the table for Arizona. Isabella last piled up 102 receptions for an NCAA-leading 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns at Massachusetts. He is listed as a No. 2 slot receiver behind Christian Kirk. But given that the Cardinals spent a valuable second-round pick on Isabella, this suggests the team plans to utilize him in various formations. Lastly, Isabella’s frame and speed compare to the size and stature of the lightning fast, Brandin Cooks.
Devin Singletary, Running Back, Buffalo Bills
When the 2019 fantasy season kicks off, Singletary’s fellow veteran running backs LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore will be 67 years old combined. That’s old in football. It was no accident that the Bills focused on adding Singletary to the mix when they drafted him 74th overall.
He could easily inherit a No. 2 or even No. 1 role if either Shady or Gore (or both) take a step back, performance or health-wise. Singletary, who scored 54 rushing touchdowns in his last two years at Florida Atlantic, will see field time.
Desean Jackson, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson is a dark horse fantasy football sleeper rejoining the team for which his career began in 2008.
Because of his age (32), Jackson will tumble in drafts. But, he still proved he had plenty of gas left in the tank after he averaged a league-high 18.9 yards per catch last year. This marked the fourth time in Jackson’s career that he topped the league in this stat. We would like to think Jackson should make a worthy fantasy contribution playing on a much better team than he was attached to last year.
Justice Hill, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are a run-heavy team that finished with the second-most rushing yards in the 2018 season. With Lamar Jackson reportedly not going to “be running 20 times a game,” he may be dumping the ball off more often than not. At the very least, Hill could be used to spell Mark Ingram and perhaps even has a shot at unseating the vet from his starting job.
Joe Flacco, Quarterback, Denver Broncos
This is not a joke. The Broncos would not have traded for Flacco if they did not see some value. While it would be silly to spend too highly on Flacco in fantasy drafting, he is worth a very late-round pick as a backup or super-flex. Flacco inherits some pretty sweet receiving talent in that of Emmanuel Sanders and second-year wideout Courtland Sutton.
Plus, Flacco will work with rookie Iowa standout, tight end Noah Fant. The veteran quarterback had a good history with his tight ends when with Baltimore. Who knows, Flacco might just be start-worthy more often than not in 2019.
Gary Jennings, Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks
Worth a late-round flyer, Jennings garnered attention at the Combine when he ran a speedy, 4.42 four-forty. He last scored 13 touchdowns at West Virginia and averaged a lofty 17 yards per catch.
He should compete with Jaron Brown during training camp to better his standing. And, while rookie D.K. Metcalf is running around trying to impress with shirtless poses, it may just be Jennings who soaks up a bunch of the workload left behind by the retired Doug Baldwin.
Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Washington Redskins
By the end of the summer, it might not take much for Haskins to oust veteran Case Keenum from his starting gig. Haskins has already earned some great marks in his OTAs.
If he continues to evolve over training camp, Haskins should be worthy of a late-round pick, who might just surprise later in the season. Before falling perfectly to Washington at No. 15 in the draft, Haskins last passed for an impressive 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns at Ohio State. That strong arm of his might just result in some notable fantasy points down the stretch.
Chris Herndon, Tight End, New York Jets
I believe that Herndon and quarterback Sam Darnold could evolve into a sneaky-good QB/TE combo in 2019. As a rookie, Herdon quietly came onto the scene and began to really break out in Week 6. From this point until the end of the season, Herndon piled up 455 yards and four touchdowns. He finished his rookie campaign as the 15th-highest ranked tight end. There is plenty of room for him to move up the chains on what should be an improved Jets offense.