With a couple preseason games in the book, I figured it would be a good time to identify and point out some under the radar players to target towards the end of your drafts. I'm talking about that point in your draft when most of your friends are sick of the process, or maybe loaded after too many Bud-Lights. That's when you swoop in and make the picks that could change your fortune this football season.
Weeks ago I wrote a "Diamonds in the Rough" blog, the players listed included: Ameer Abdullah, Martavis Bryant, Big Ben, Carson Wentz, Jamison Crowder, Doug Martin, Devante Parker, Cam Meredith, Derrick Henry, and Thomas Rawls. That's sort of a mixed bag of players you can find anywhere from round 5 and on. What I want to do here, is give you players to search for in your drafts round 12 and on. Enjoy, and tweet me @BrandonKravitz if you have any questions.
Adam Thielen- He and Diggs had the same number of 100 yard games last year and Thielen finished with 2 more touchdowns on the season. Yet, in drafts, he’s going about 8 rounds later. Great value pick, as they didn’t do anything in the off-season to disrupt his fantasy potential.
Jeremy Hill- It’s tough to find a starting running back after round 11 in fantasy drafts, but that’s what you find with Jeremy Hill. Everyone’s excited about Joe Mixon (and rightly so) but Hill is still the lead back and will continue to steal goal line touches. As disappointing as Hill has been as a whole, he still has a nose for the end-zone, scoring 29 touchdowns his first 3 seasons. Only L. Blount has a higher 3-year TD average at the RB position.
Robby Anderson- Quincy Enunwa and his 106 targets last year are out for the season. This will slot Robbie Anderson into that number one spot. Now, one thing to consider is that he’s not a special player…at all…but, the Jets are going to have a throw A LOT, because they will be trailing in games…A LOT. Those targets have to go somewhere, might as well take a flier on Anderson.
Dion Lewis- After rehabbing a torn ACL, Lewis wasn’t quite the same last year. From all accounts, he’s back to normal and looking like his old-self. However, he and James White play the same role in the Pats offense, and everyone you know will take White first because of what he looked like in the Super Bowl. I predict Lewis will be the better option of the two, and will present starting value in PPR leagues.
Zay Jones- Speaking of PPR leagues, this guy is a catch machine out of East Carolina. Not just a pick for dynasty formats, I think Jones can make an immediate impact this year in fantasy. He’s that rookie WR that’s flying under the radar. However, with the latest news that Sammy Watkins has been shipped out of Buffalo, more people in your league make take notice to his value in the Bills offense. In 2016 @ East Carolina he set the NCAA record for most receptions in a career (399) and the single-season record with 158 catches in 2016 (for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns).