Draft day is soon approaching and I’ve been deep in the weeds trying to figure out which players should be targeted in the later rounds.
Quite frankly, I think championship teams are built in the later rounds. I highlighted two players from each position that you should take a look at; So while everyone else is sucking down Bud Lights, you'll have the advantage.
Now, these rankings are geared towards PPR leagues. If you’re not in some sort of PPR format with Fantasy Football at this point then chances are your league is filled with a bunch of virgins and I don’t want to be your friend. But even if you are stuck in 2001, I would still take a look at these guys from anywhere after round 7.
Mariota is being severely undervalued in drafts. With additions like Corey Davis and Eric “my wife is a smoke” Decker, to go along with Delanie Walker, Mariota could light up the stat sheet. With a dominate run game along with Mariota’s own ability to run, this offense could be borderline unstoppable. I think he’s a top 6 QB at seasons end and is a steal as the 12th QB coming off draft boards.
This year is the coming out party for famous Jameis, and you better believe they’re serving crab legs at that party. With Mike Evans, the addition of D Jax, and now a moose in OJ Howard at TE, Jameis has options. I’m not sure if you’ve been keeping up with Hard Knocks but the work ethic has he has displayed is a big reason why I think he explodes this season. He's a locked in QB 1.
Gillislee should move right into the LeGarrette Blount role for the Pats, and I don’t expect them to miss a beat. Over the last 2 years he has averaged 5.7 yards per carry; I mean that’s not by mistake, clearly this man has talent. He’s been hanging around until the 6th and 7th round in drafts. I have a feeling Mikey G is going to be the goal line bell cow and make a lot of fantasy owners very, very happy.
I have always liked Danny Woodhead, except for that one time when he single-handedly defeated my fantasy team, but that’s neither here nor there. With a new system that fits him perfectly he could be primed for high end RB2 with low end RB1 potential. With Woodhead primarily splitting the back field with Terrance West (who stinks), he’s going to be more of a pass option, but that’s not a bad thing. I could see him catching 60+ passes which makes him a good bet in all leagues. Woodhead has averaged over 8.7 yards after the catch since 2014. With an ADP of 8th or 9th round, I’ll laugh this one to the bank.
I don’t even want to hear the "ehhh he’s too old," "ehhh he can’t produce anymore." Well guess what, Larry got his degree from the University of Phoenix and will give you a solid floor every week in PPR, plus the connection between him and Palmer is almost as good as Hans Solo and Chewbacca. Statistically I wouldn’t expect WR1 numbers, but Larry is still capable of breaking one off and could give you a few monster weeks throughout a consistent season.
Love this guy’s name and his hair is outrageous. With Cooks heading to New England, Michael Thomas has emerged as a sure #1 receiver for Drew Brees. With all of the attention from opposing defenses now focused on Thomas, there will be more opportunity for Drew to sling the rock towards Snead. I think he breaks 1,000 yards this year easily. He’s averaged around 70 receptions and 940 yards in his first 2 seasons; I guarantee we see an uptick. Plus everyone knows Brees is a sicko and loves to air it out.
He’s seen 100+ targets in back to back seasons and it always seems like he’s on the cusp of becoming elite. With J Matt being sent off to Buffalo, the middle of the field should be where Ertz earns his paycheck. Nelson Agholor has feet for hands and Torrey Smith is a question mark. That leaves Ertz as the clear number 2 option in the offense behind Alshon. If he can break some tackles along the way, it could be the breakout year that everyone has been waiting on.
Absolute workhorse. I feel like a strong tight end was always the missing piece for this Green Bay offense. Even with Jordy, Cobb and Montgomery in the mix Bennett will be a focal point and see his fair share of targets. You’ll enjoy watching A-Rod throw a 90 mph fastball to Bennett week 1 in the red zone and be laughing that that you got him in the 8th or 9th round.