Takeover breaks for Fantasy Force underrated ADP NFL players
August 23, 2016 3:00 AM
by Alan Berg
With the return of the NFL comes the return of Fantasy Football.
If you have been with me from the start of my columns you know it used to be called Fantasy Force and gave out picks for Draft Kings and FanDuel. Alas, both companies are no longer active in Nevada, although there is buzzing that both are trying to re-enter the market soon. Also US Fantasy is just around the corner, a pari-mutuel based fantasy sports platform available in plenty of books, super excited for that.
Because of all this, let’s throw it back for a week to the Fantasy Force and, just like last August, talk about some guys going real low in drafts to target for those of you waiting until the end for your fantasy drafts. Remember, I used FantasyPros.com for Average Draft Position (ADP) rankings and I am only giving out players under the 80th overall spot.
Tyrod Taylor, BUF (ADP No. 134): Taylor is very underrated. He’s not exactly exciting but for a lot of leagues a QB who rushed for 517 yards and three touchdowns is like having an RB4 in the lineup. Taylor also only turned the ball over seven times last year. I see a guy who is still growing and should have no trouble improving his numbers this year.
Others: No.114 Kirk Cousins, WAS; No. 101 Tony Romo, DAL; No. 178 Ryan Tannehill, MIA.
Last Season’s Column: Carson Palmer, ARZ finished No.5 overall QB; Derek Carr, OAK finished No.14 overall QB; Andy Dalton, CIN finished No.18 overall QB; Joe Flacco, BAL finished No. 26 overall QB. (Minus Dalton and Flacco’s injuries, it was a solid successful group of undervalued guys.)
Paul Perkins, NYG (No. 175): The Giants are a backfield that needs new blood. A rookie out of UCLA, Perkins doesn’t show anything explosive on tape, but he is a battler with a decent first cut, which should translate well to the NFL. With veteran stopgap Rashard Jennings and bust Andre “I hate running more than two yards” Williams, the stage is set for this young guy to help you down the stretch in the fantasy playoffs.
Others: No. 205 Tim Hightower, NO; No. 211 Cameron Artis-Payne, CAR; No. 256 Zach Zenner, DET.
Last Season’s Column: Danny Woodhead, SD No.38 overall player was rated 37th best RB -- BOOM!; Arian Foster, HOU, injured, shocking I know; Denard Robinson, JAC complete bust. (Backs after No. 80 overall are difficult but the Woodhead pick was a massive hit for that low. Foster was on pace for a Top 10 season before being hurt.)
Rishard Matthews, TEN (No. 244): One thing people hate is taking No. 1 recievers in “bad” passing offenses. However, if you look at the numbers over the history of “bad” passing offenses, traditionally there is a nice steal out there. Last year, it was St. Louis’ Tavon Austin, now L.A., and Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin, now in San Diego. Take a shot on Matthews, who should be a great asset in Points Per Reception leagues (PPR).
Others: No. 118 Steve Smith, BAL; No. 120 Willie Snead, NO; No. 163 Sammie Coates, PIT.
Last Season’s Column: John Brown, ARZ No. 62 overall player was rated 43rd best WR ANOTHER HIT!; Stevie Johnson, SD was a weekly fantasy bargain but overall not a great year; Andrew Hawkins and Nelson Agholor were both awful. (Receivers let me down a bit but Stevie won me some matchups in weekly fantasy with a low salary and Brown was fantastic all year.)
Hate the Tight Ends under No. 80 overall this year so go big, GO GRONK. Or Jordan Reed, he will suffice.
Last Season’s Column: No. 140 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB amazing start 2 TD receptions in Week 1 crashed out to do fitness and injuries; Jacob Tamme, ATL decent hit finished as No. 158 overall when he was No. 276 (No. 14 overall TE).