In the Early 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings + Sleepers article, KJ Osborn is mentioned as one of the top sleepers for the 2022 season. And that is hardly surprising, when looking back at Osborn’s week 1-17 season: 49 catches for 634 yards, 6 TDs. In my half PPR league, he’s WR37.
So it’s not like Osborn is one of these invisible talents, whose potential for next year lies only in roster or contract details that not all experts have on their radar. Osborn is a player who screamed “here I am!” almost all season.
But when we look at the Dynasty ECR Rankings, Osborn shows up as WR135. Which already is an improvement, because until a few days ago, he was not ranked at all.
Why are so many experts sleeping on Osborn? Thielen gets neither younger nor healthier. Even if he remains the undisputed WR2 for the Vikings next year, Osborn’s role isn’t likely to diminish. Even if Thielen plays the full season, and the Vikings have a healthy TE all season, Osborn is hardly likely to drop below WR4 level in fantasy football.
Yet still, players like Travis Fulgham, John Brown or Tyrell Williams are still ranked higher than he is. I don’t get it.