I am a firm believer fantasy football champions are won in the later rounds of drafts. In order to draft a successful deep roster you must be spot on in the final six rounds to build a championship contender. I want to focus on guys who have an average draft position in the tenth round or later. I am going to avoid mentioning any quarterbacks on this list as there are quite a few that fit this criteria with it being the deepest position in the game. With that, here are six solid late round steals you may want to consider targeting in your fantasy football draft:
1. Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The second year back has an ADP of 138 going as the first pick in the 12th round. Sims was banged up most of last season and missed valuable playing time as a rookie. The Buccaneers have a shaky at best running back situation entering the season. Sims has a chance to end up being the starting back for the better part of the season and provides great value in the 12th round.
2. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
I am not sure Wheaton’s ADP should be 144 but that is the ranking he has been given. Markus Wheaton will be playing in one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL this year. It is unsure who the Steelers will favor as the stand alone number two wide out opposite of Antonio Brown, but it is a fact Wheaton will be involved. Wheaton is well worth a late round flier in your draft this year.
3. Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams
Brian Quick will be the number one option for the Rams this year in an offense that should be better than a year ago. The Rams will be operating under new quarterback Nick Foles who is a major upgrade over the quarterback mess the Rams have had the past few seasons. Quick has an ADP of 131 and brings exceptional value to your team. I believe Quick can post a 1,000 yard season with at least six touchdowns this year if he can stay healthy and involved.
4. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans
I have no problem taking a flier on Green-Beckham with an ADP of 156 in the 13th round. Green-Beckham has All-Pro size and athletic ability and even recently got some work with the first team offense. The Titans are expected to struggle as an offensive unit, however I really like the potential of Green-Beckham this year if he can get on the field consistently.
5. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I love targetting Seferian-Jenkins late in fantasy football drafts this year, I expect him to be third in targets for the Buccaneers behind wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Drafting a tight end isn’t flashy at all after the top guys are drafted, I don’t mind holding out to take a tight end, and with Seferian-Jenkins having an ADP of 173 he is a prime candidate to target.
6. Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Anquan Boldin is coming off back to back 1,000 yard receiving performances and has been a top-30 fantasy WR the past three years. Boldin provides unquestionable value with an ADP of 122. Boldin is the kind of player who solidifies your receiver core in the later rounds. Don’t pass on him late in drafts just because he’s old.
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