Most fantasy football leagues, at least the smart ones, haven’t held their drafts as of yet. This is primarily because you have to get as much information as possible on young players playing with the starters, injuries to players and the length of time they will be out, etc.
Well, now that the third weekend of preseason play is getting underway for all the teams, it’s about that time for the onslaught of player information and then drafting.
So, we here at F.F.I. are here to give you some advice on the three teams in our state and whom might not be on the immediate radar. We qualify that as: not the top player on his team at a position and probably not a guy that you would think about drafting before the 5th-6th round in your league (depending on size of your league).
We will give you a couple of names for each team
You’ve heard so much about WR Chris Godwin as an “under the radar” type fantasy impact player. And while you should take a strong look at him, if he’s around in the 5th round and beyond, it’s likely that others will be doing so, also. So, we also suggest that veteran Adam Humphries, who primarily plays in the slot for Tampa Bay gets a look later in your draft.
Now, you must factor in that most of that was with Jameis Winston at QB. And, as you know, Winston is suspended for the first three games of the season. Humphries also has only 3 TD’s the last two years and he’s not a guy to draft for that reason. However, if points per reception (PPR) and yards help you, Humphries will.
Next, we wrote about the Bucs placing RB Charles Sims on IR Thursday, and what that means for the Bucs backfield. Certainly young running backs Shaun Wilson and Dare Ogubowale are going to get more of a look in their final two preseason games. However, the late round sleeper may very well be veteran RB Jacquizz Rodgers. He carried the ball 129 times in 2016 with a 4.3 average. A year ago his carries dwindled 64 and a 3.8 average.
Still, he’s a decent pass catcher and a good pass blocker, too. And while Peyton Barber and rookie second round pick Ronald Jones will get most of the attention and carries, Rodgers may be worth the “sleeper” investment.
Miami also has several players that will be available in the later rounds of a draft, and we think the one should take a strong look at is WR Albert Wilson. The free agent from Kansas City (shown above) is not going to get the attention that Kenny Stills and fellow new free agent Danny Amendola will.
However, Wilson has averaged 31 catches and 12.5 average over his five year career. And he may easily surpass that this season.
Wilson only has seven career receiving TDs. So, much like Adam Humprhries above, this is not a move about touchdowns, but more receptions and yards to help your team.
Also, in the Dolphins backfield, everyone will pay most attention to Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore in the first few rounds, and rightfully so. They are the two guys that will get the bulk of the playing time when the season begins.
We at F.F.I. have been high on rookie RB Kalen Ballage, but he’s battling a concussion in preseason at the moment. So veteran free agent back Senorise Perry may be worth a look. Even though he only has eight carries in the regular season. Perry has looked good in both Dolphins preseason games to this point. He is almost assured of being on the 53 man roster now and if there are injuries, you might be glad you made a “sleeper investment” on him.
We already wrote earlier this week about the emergence of T.J. Yeldon at backup running back and he’s looking like a solid sleeper option for your later rounds. So, again depending on your league size, take note about round seven or eight, if Yeldon’s still there. He maybe worth the risk.
The other player that most league members won’t be looking at is TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The former Bucs and Jets player came to Jacksonville, as a free agent.
He’s big, athletic, can run down field and will be a weapon in the red zone for Blake Bortles.
He had his best season of his four year career with the Jets last year catching 50 balls with three TDs. If he’s healthy for 16 games, he will easily have those numbers for the Jaguars. Again, per our theme, Seferian-Jenkins is a late round sleeper once most of the top receivers are gone.
Still he, like the others on our list, can help you with bye weeks, injuries to your starters, etc.
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