Often times, fantasy football leagues are won at the end of the draft, rather than the beginning. Anyone can pick the most popular guys, but it’s the guys that not everyone are talking about that can help you win your league. Here are a few guys that I’m targeting in the late round of my fantasy football draft. All theses guys are currently going in the 13th round or later in fantasy football drafts, but could pay big dividends for owners.
Carson Palmer (ADP: 127.1)
After sitting on his couch all of last offseason contemplating retirement, it naturally took Palmer a while to get back into a grove and he finally started to find that groove in the final half of last season. He has two burners out wide in Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey and Darren McFadden in the backfield. The defense is putrid so you figure they will be in a lot of shootouts. 4,000 yards and 28TDs isn’t of reach for Palmer. Heis currently going as a low-end QB2, but has the upside to reach low-end QB1 status.
Jacquizz Rodgers (ADP: 138.7)
Rodgers is easy to get excited about. He’s an electrifying player that has that look that any time he touches the ball he might take it to the endzone. He also has a great situation in Atlanta. Michael Turner is on the decline and if you’ve read any reports or watched the Falcons in the preseason, you know they are switching to a more vertical, passing based offense, that the lighting fast Rodgers is perfectly suited for. He gets an extra bump if your in a PPR league.
Austin Collie (ADP: 132.6)
Collie definitely is an injury risk with all the concussions he has suffered, but in the 14th round he’s more than worth it. Collie is playing in two-receiver sets for the Colts and is a better red-zone target than you think. Playing with Andrew Luck is an enormous upgrade what he played with last season. Just look at how Cam Newton revitalized Steve Smith last year. I’m not saying he’ll put up those kind of numbers, but I think he’ll be a dependable WR3. I’ve already drafted Collie on one of my teams and I hope to get him in other drafts.
Kyle Rudolph (ADP: 156.5)
Rudolph has been generating a ton of “buzz” during the offseason and training camp, yet he’s still going at the end, if at all, during fantasy football drafts. Christian Ponder has been signing his praises and with no real receiver outside of Percy Harvin, he should be the clear-cut number two option in that offense. The tight end position is very deep, but if you can play a TE as a FLEX or if you have an extra bench spot consider taking Rudolph.
Greg Little (ADP: 124.6)
Little had a somewhat disappointing rookie year finishing third in the league in drops. Considering that he didn’t play football in 2010y and still managed over 700 yards is pretty impressive. The upgrade from Colt McCoy should help and if he can improve on his two touchdown to even just 5 or 6, that will make him a solid WR3. He also has the potential to catch 80+ passes so if your in a PPR league, his value is even higher.
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