Players to Watch
The NFL season has officially started and fantasy owners are already scouting the waiver wire for those undrafted gems. Here is a look at a few players that got left off of most draft boards, but should stay on fantasy owners' radars.
1. Lions Defense - The Lions defensive front has been one of the most hyped units since they drafted Suh and Fairley. Fantasy owners and Lions' fans have been waiting for this unit to dominate like they are supposed to for a long time. The problem has been a lack of maturity on the part of the Lions team in general, and specifically Suh and Fairley. However, one thing changed this offseason and that was the lack of headlines coming from Detroit. The Lions dominated the offseason media in 2012, but they have not made any negative headlines in 2013. No noise can be good noise when you are hoping for maturity. Add this to the fact that the Lions absolutely destroyed the Patriots in week 3 of the preseason, and the Lions defense may finally be awakening from their slumber of immaturity.
2. Rod Streater - Streater received some hype last year, but like the Raiders always seem to do, they left fantasy owners wanting. Now Streater has less competition for targets, and all he has to do is prove to his new QB, Terrelle Pryor, that he is more consistent than Denarius Moore. Streater has shown good route running and pass catching skills, and if he can develop a solid rapport with Pryor, then Streater could become a reliable fantasy receiver. The Raiders defense does not look too impressive, and the Raiders should play from behind most of the year. Streater has the skills to become the Raiders top receiver, and if he earns the top spot on the Raiders' WR depth chart, Streater should see plenty of targets, since the Raiders will be playing catch up all year long.
3. Tyler Eifert - Eifert did not show much over the course of the preseason due to an injury, but he was labelled as a "can't miss" prospect going into the NFL draft. Eifert's quarterback, Andy Dalton, is entering his 3rd year and many experts are expecting a breakout season from Dalton. A.J. Green is one of the best WRs in the game, and his presence should leave plenty of space in the middle of the field for Eifert to roam. Jermaine Gresham is really the only obstacle standing in Eifert's way, but Eifert has the talent to dominate the TE targets in Cincinnati. The Bengals have a very good offense, and if Eifert can become a key component of their aerial attack, he will be well worth a waiver move.
4. Denard Robinson - The Jaguars decided to add a new position to an NFL roster and that position was called an offensive weapon. What is the job of an offensive weapon? Denard Robinson has been given the task of answering that question. The reports from the Jaguars camp are that he has struggled with being given so many tasks to master, but they also say the coaches are going to keep working with him. The Jaguars are not loaded on offense and they could use help from anywhere they can find it. If Robinson can master the wildcat and be on the field with MJD, that could prove to be very irritating for opposing defenses. Robinson needs lots of practice and more work, but if he can pick things up quickly, then Robinson may turn into an offensive weapon worth a spot on fantasy rosters.