ROOKIE SLEEPER 🤫
One thing I enjoy about fantasy football is discovering a new rookie wide receiver to root for every year. Two years ago, I fell in love with Jaylen Waddle. Last year, it was George Pickens. This year that receiver might just also be my sleeper pick, Jonathan Mingo. While many people may not be familiar with him, Mingo played four years at Ole Miss and put up some impressive stats. Over his collegiate career, he averaged at least 14 yards per catch. In his final season, that average jumped to an impressive 16.9 yards, and he scored touchdowns on 10% of his receptions.
"Mingo may not be the fastest receiver, but his physicality and ability to make contested catches make up for it."
— AJ Clever —
However, there are two areas where I would like to see improvement in Mingo's rookie season. The first is volume. During his last season at Ole Miss, Mingo only averaged 4.25 catches per game, and I believe that he will need to increase that number to become more relevant in fantasy football. Additionally, Mingo tends to catch the ball with his chest, which is something he can work on, especially given his large hands. You know what they say about big hands… great football catching ability.
Mingo's measurements at the combine were impressive. He stands 6'2" tall and weighs 220 pounds, with an arm length of 31 ⅛ inches and a hand width of 10 ⅜ inches. He also impressed with a 40-time of 4.46 seconds. Furthermore, he completed 22 bench press reps. Mingo may not be the fastest receiver, but his physicality and ability to make contested catches make up for it. He is known for his strong upper and lower body strength, which allows him to fight for contested balls and gain crucial yards after contact. I am excited to see where Mingo goes, and I believe he has the potential to be a breakout star among this year's rookie receivers.
AJ Clever is a Fantasy Guides’ contributor and numbers guru. He helps with articles on our website and Instagram as well as the man behind the curtain for the data for our Draft Guides. During football season AJ spends most of his time watching his Steelers and wondering if Diontae Johnson will ever score a touchdown.