Winning your fantasy football league starts with the draft. If you want to win your draft, you are going to have to take a chance on a late round flier or two and hope they can outperform their draft position. Every year there are players who will outperform their ADP and help fantasy owners win it all. Below, I will list my favorite late round fliers fantasy owners should take a chance on in their upcoming drafts.

Smokey

John Brown, ADP 98.8/WR43

John Brown struggled to stay on the field last year due to his sickle-cell issue. Reports are that it is now under control and should not be an issue moving forward. Just two years ago, John Brown finished as the 25th ranked receiver in fantasy points. John Brown is still the number two receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, so the targets will be there for Brown. The Cardinals offense is looking to bounce back in a big way in 2017 and Brown will be a huge part of that bounce back. If you find yourself in the later rounds without enough quality receivers, take a chance on Brown and hope for a rebound season for the speedy wide receiver.

C.J. Prosise, ADP 100/RB41

Targeting running backs in the later rounds can get tricky. After the top running backs are selected, the position becomes extremely thin. I recommend targeting backs that will have an opportunity to gain more touches as the season goes on. Prosise showed promise last season when his number was called. He will be used on third downs and be Seattle’s primary receiving back. The receiver turned running back can be a great asset in PPR leagues, as Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls are not known for being threats in the passing game. If Prosise is able to steal some carries from Lacy and Rawls, he can quickly become one of the top fantasy backs to own. Prosise has the upside you look for when taking a flier on a running back. With an ADP of RB41, Prosise is well worth a late round flier based on his upside as your RB2.

Jamaal Williams, ADP 117.4/RB47 The late round flier I will be targeting in all of my drafts is Jamaal Williams. I was a huge fan of Williams during the draft process and I believe he landed in a great situation in Green Bay. While Ty Montgomery will start the season as the lead back, I believe Williams is a more traditional style running back who will steal carries as the season goes on. Williams has the body type to be a lead back and will eat into Ty Montgomery’s early down work. Jamaal Williams can be everything Eddie Lacy wasn’t and that is why you should take a flier on him in your fantasy drafts.

Josh Doctson, ADP 138.9/WR56

The former first round pick has had to battle injuries often in his young career, but with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon out of the picture, Doctson just needs to stay on the field. If Doctson can say healthy, and that is a big “if”, he will have plenty of opportunities to make plays. The Redskins love to throw the football so there will be plenty of targets to go around, especially in the redzone, where the Redskins love to throw the fade route. Doctson’s size and leaping ability should allow him to see plenty of redzone targets throughout the year. Doctson is also expected to be a deep threat for the Redskins, which should allow him to have plenty of big yardage plays throughout the season. The Redskins had three receivers finish in the top 40 for PPR scoring, so I wouldn’t worry about a lack of targets for Docston. If healthy, Doctson should finish well above his ADP and provide fantasy owners a solid WR3.

Joe Williams, ADP 141/RB53

Joe Williams is a running back that might not help you at the start of the season but can be a huge asset for your fantasy team during the stretch run. Carlos Hyde is injury prone and Kyle Shanahan hand picked Williams in the draft. Shanahan sees something in Williams and believes he can be a good runner in his system. Joe Williams looked great in his preseason debut, rushing for 60 yards on 7 carries. You can select Williams at the end of your draft based on his current ADP. Williams is the perfect late round flier because his head coach believes in him and there is a huge chance he gets a larger workload as the season progresses.

Zay Jones, ADP 149.8/WR60

Zay Jones is going to be the number two receiver in an offense that has been underrated over the last couple of years. Sammy Watkins was shipped off to L.A. and Zay Jones now has a chance to show the skillset that got him drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Zay Jones’ ADP might be on the rise after the trades that were made, but as I write this he is the 60th receiver being taken off the board in fantasy drafts. Zay Jones is a crisp route runner with great hands and should be targeted heavily by Tyrod Taylor. If owners in your league make the mistake of passing on Zay Jones, make sure you select this young talent and watch him prove why the Bills selected him in the second round.

Austin Hooper, ADP 156.8/TE21

Austin Hooper is coming into the second year of his NFL career and after not producing much in his rookie year, he will have every chance to make a name for himself this season. Rookie tight ends do not tend to make a fantasy impact, so Hooper’s 19 receptions last year are nothing to worry about. Austin Hooper is locked in as the Atlanta Falcons number one tight end, so he should see a huge increase in playing time and targets, in what is one of the most explosive offenses in the league.

Kenny Golladay, ADP 165.5/WR71

I am officially on the Kenny Golladay hype train. Watching the Lions preseason game against the Colts, you see why the Lions coaching staff has been so high on Golladay. Even former All-Pro wide receiver, Chad Johnson, had some high praise of Kenny Golladay.

In his first preseason action, Golladay made two spectacular catches in one drive, one of which resulted in a touchdown. Golladay was able to haul in another touchdown pass in the second quarter to cap off an impressive debut. With Anquan Boldin gone and Marvin Jones’ inconsistencies, Golladay can become the number two receiver in that offense this season. At his current ADP, there is absolutely no risk in selecting Golladay, so pull the trigger on him and reap the benefits. Golladay could easily end up as a WR3 by season’s end and you can get him at the tail-end of your draft.

 

Note: All ADP information is courtesy of Fantasy Football Calculator.

About The Author Matt Cardona

Matt is 21 years old and in his 3rd year of college as a history major. Residing in Southern California, Matt has been a huge fan of football for about 12 years now and has been playing fantasy football since he was 9 as he played all the way up until high school. He has become increasingly invested into the NFL Draft process over the past 3 years and loves to scout college players in his spare time. His ultimate goal is to make a name for himself while doing what he loves to do.