Fantasy Football Draft 2013
Fantasy Football: Undervalued Players to Watch in the Draft
August 1, 2013
We’ve been taking a close look at all aspects of the upcoming fantasy football draft recently, and in keeping with that theme, today it’s time to check out some of the undervalued players out there. While these guys aren’t exactly boom-or-bust sleeper-types, they should provide a nice return on your draft investment in comparison to where they’re likely to go. Here’s the breakdown.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins: Miller has earned quite a bit of praise in fantasy circles due to his enormous breakout potential, and there could be something to all the hype. He’s the heir apparent to Reggie Bush (who we’ll get to in a minute) and has impressed the coaching staff thus far. Miller has even put a not-so-unrealistic goal of 1,500 rushing yards on himself this season.
You’ll find him ranked in the late-teens at his position, and we think he could make a high-end No. 2 fantasy RB.
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Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions: A few RB picks in front of Miller, you’ll find Bush, who checks in as a second-tier selection at his position. We think he’ll thrive after the change of zip code to Detroit, and the early indications are that he’ll be heavily involved in the passing game.
Add that to the fact that Bush is far and away the best option the team has at RB, and he’ll be a crucial cog in the Lions’ machine. With all his receiving yards factored in, he should put up low-end No. 1 point totals.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: For years, Fitzgerald has been the best NFL wide receiver without a competent quarterback. That’s changed now that Carson Palmer has arrived in Arizona, and you can bet he’ll be relying heavily on Fitzgerald.
He had an ugly 798-yard, four-TD season last year, but this is prime time to bounce back. The new QB-WR combo has been spending plenty of extra time getting in rhythm together this off-season, and they should thrive from the very beginning. Fitzgerald belongs in the top six at his position, but you can snag him around No. 8 or 9.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: There’s a premium on tight ends this year, which makes Bennett all the more important. He’s expected to serve as a big-time red zone target for Bears QB Jay Cutler, and he brings a reliability at the TE position that hasn’t been present since Greg Olson left town.
Rankings-wise, you can find Bennett around Nos. 8-10 among tight ends, and we’re expecting him to score enough that he’ll land among the top half-dozen by year’s end.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: It seems strange to put the always-reliable Brady on this list, but here we are. Most of his downgrade this season stems from the lack of available receiving weapons, due to injury or free agency or--ahem--arrest. Brady is still Brady, however, and should stay as reliable as ever, even with no-name talent.
Six games against weak division opponents and the addition of Wes-Welker-clone Danny Amendola makes us confident he’ll deliver. Grab Brady as a mid-level No. 1 QB.
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