For fantasy pro football win, look for lesser-known talent

Aug 21, 2012 3:01 AM

Like golf, fantasy football isn’t a game that can be won in the early rounds.

Everybody and their grandmother are well versed in the accomplishments of big-name players such as Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson and Aaron Rodgers. But for a team to contend for that much-coveted fantasy championship, owners need to fill out their rosters with lesser-known talent capable of exceeding expectations on a consistent basis.

Sleeper may be the popular term, but we at GamingToday prefer to use the phrase undervalued. So let’s get ready for that upcoming fantasy draft by taking a look at some of the players who are currently going for a price below their true market value.

Jay Cutler, QB Bears: With an upgraded receiving unit featuring former teammate Brandon Marshall and a deeper backfield thanks to the acquisition of free agent Michael Bush, Cutler finds himself surrounded by a scary arsenal of talent. Remember, as a member of the Denver Broncos from 2007-2008, Marshall ranked first in the NFL in targets (351) and second in receptions (206) with Cutler under center.

Robert Meachem/Eddie Royal, WRs Chargers: The departure of WR Vincent Jackson has opened a big hole for QB Philip Rivers, who has thrown for over 4,600 yards in each of the last two years. Look for Meachem (middle rounds) and his explosive deep speed to line up on the outside with Royal (later rounds) functioning more as a possession-type receiver.

David Wilson, RB Giants: One of the fastest players in this year’s draft class, Wilson averaged 5.8 yards per carry during his three years at Virginia Tech. Brandon Jacobs is gone and Ahmad Bradshaw has spent the last few years battling a variety of injuries, which makes Wilson a very appealing option you should target beginning in Round 9.

Titus Young, WR Lions: After a productive rookie campaign that featured 48 receptions for 607 yards and six scores, don’t be surprised if Young emerges as a viable and highly-productive No. 2 in Detroit’s pass-happy offense.

Jacob Tamme/Joel Dreessen, TE Broncos: Fact: Peyton Manning makes everybody around him better. And whoever wins the starting tight end job in Denver is looking at a 2012 season that should feature a very healthy stat line.

Bills D/ST: Two games against the Patriots will sting, but Buffalo is going to be a much improved defense after shelling out big-time cash to sign free agent DE Mario Williams and drafting speedy DB Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina).

Brandon Lloyd, WR Patriots: If this guy could roll up 77 receptions for 1,448 yards and 11 scores with Kyle Orton under center in 2010, imagine what he could do with Tom Brady looking his way? And with TE Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, not to mention Pro Bowl WR Wes Welker, commanding so much attention from opposing defenses, Lloyd could have the luxury of working against single coverage for the entire season. The upside here is ridiculous. 

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