After you get through round three of your fantasy football draft is where you really start to make the picks that matter. These are the important value picks that are going to make your roster. However, it’s not always easy to identify value and spot the diamonds in the rough.
Before I go into a draft, I have a rankings sheet with players that I circle that I consider my targets; who are guys that I think I can get value from. As we draft, I’m crossing off all players drafted as that helps me see how close I am to my value guys with regards to the round we are picking in. It also lets you see the trends as to how your draft is going. It just helps keep you a little more organized and focused.
So as I mentioned “target” or “value” guys earlier, these are guys I have circled or classified as undervalued:
Davante Adams ,WR, Green Bay Packers
Listen, the secret is out. When Jordy Nelson went down Adams was a hot name being talked about. He is logically the next guy up and word is that he’s had a great camp. Randall Cobb even said Adams was ready to breakout and be a stud this year. And when you’ve got Aaron Rodgers as your QB you automatically rise in value.
Before the Nelson injury, Adams was a late round pick with upside. Now, he’s a #2 WR on the best offensive team in football. But he hasn’t risen as high as I thought he might. I would take him as high as round 5. And more than likely, you can get him later than that which is a steal in my book.
Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Remember Mike Wallace? Guy was once considered a fantasy stud at WR but has had his issues staying out of trouble. Wallace moves from Miami to Minnesota and it’s an interesting fit. Adrian Peterson is back so the focus is always going to be on him. Wallace joins a talented receiving group with Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright. And QB Teddy Bridgewater has imperssed and looks like a good investment by the Vikings. Wallace may have found a home in a Minnesota offense where he can thrive and not be the focus every play. Wallace has an average ADP of 29th pick with a worst of 56th pick. I was able to nab him past the 56th pick in 2 drafts. Thats great value.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets
I like where the Jets offense is going. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been a very good NFL QB and the Jets have talented WR’s in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Chris Ivory looks to be the top back and get the majority of carries in this offense. Ivory is a downhill runner who just knows straight ahead. He’s like a bowling ball and is going to have a lot of yards after contact. It also means he’ll be the likely guy in goal line situations which means more TD attempts. He’s also got decent hands coming out of the backfield so he has some PPR upside. I’d look for Ivory to potentially be a 1,000 yard rusher with maybe 6 TD’s. His ADP is around 27 but if you keep track on your rankings sheet you might be able to steal him later than that which would be a steal in my book.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
I don’t care what anybody says. Fitz still has it! Guy is still a money receiver. Best part is that everyone is remembering the end of last year when he dropped off the face of the earth. The reason for that was the injury to QB Carson Palmer. Now, with Palmer back, Fitzgerald has looked fantastic and has had the targets he deserves in the offense. Granted, Arizona is pretty good at WR with Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd but Fitz is still the go-to guy. Palmer has a lot of trust in Fitzgerald and I’d expect Fitz to be a steal after his 35 ADP.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
The bad news is that Bryant has been suspended 4 games for violating the substance abuse policy. Because of this, Bryant’s stock took a major hit. But this is good news for you and me. Bryant’s ADP is around 28 right now. But in almost every mock and actual draft I’ve done, he’s gone way later than that. Last year, Bryant started playing on 10/20 against Houston. From that point on, Bryant had 26 receptions for 549 yards and 8 TD’s. Do ya think Ben Roethlisberger likes this guy?
People have been letting him slide and forgetting about him because of his suspension. But you won’t! Come week 5, you’ll be thanking me every week from that point on and bragging to your friends that you were the one smart enough to grab Bryant in the 6th round.