Wil Christian Kirk Be One Of The Biggest Fantasy Sleepers Next Season?
Will Christian Kirk Be One Of The Biggest Fantasy Sleepers Next Season?
When the next NFL season starts, daily fantasy players will have a new crop of players to consider for their rosters. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Allen could all be starting quarterbacks. Saquon Barkley is bound to get a lot of attention as well as could Derrius Guice.
The big names that everyone has been talking about will get plenty of attention when people set their rosters. But who are the sleepers going to be?
How about wide receiver Christian Kirk?
The Texas A&M wide receiver is expected to go somewhere in the fourth round (according to the mock drafts). It’s not that he lacks the talent to go higher. But teams are going to gravitate towards the guys that have the skillset and the prototypical size.
Kirk does not. He is only 5’10” and weighs in at around 200 lbs. which means he isn’t a small player. But when it comes to first or even round picks you like them to be a little taller like Courtland Sutton (6’3”) or Marcell Ateman (6’4”).
If they don’t have the height, you want them to be crazy fast. Kirk is pretty fast (4.47 40-yard dash time at the combine). But crazy fast? Eh.
Well, he doesn’t check enough of the boxes to become a first or second-round pick. But he checks enough that he is likely a target for many teams in the third or fourth round. His work ethic and skill set will earn him playing time fairly quick (no matter who drafts him).
So—what makes him a sleeper pick?
Defenses are going to be on the lookout for guys like Courtland Sutton, Anthony Miller, James Washington, Calvin Ridley, and D.J. Moore. They are not going to be as concerned about a mid-round pick that serves as the No. 3 receiver.
However, what they will be overlooking in Kirk is a guy who has the ability to become the next go-to possession receiver in the NFL. He may not make as many big plays as any of the guys mentioned above, but he’ll end the season with twice as many receptions as most of them.
Tack on the likelihood that he’ll be used early and often in the return game, and his ability to earn fantasy points grows.
He will likely not qualify as a sleeper all season long. As soon as it becomes apparent what a talent he is, defenses will key on him, and it will cost more to acquire him for your daily fantasy roster. So, use him early and use him often.
You will not regret it.
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