Draft Picks Averaging Higher Than 50 To look At
The picks in the first couple rounds are always what you build your team on, but like real NFL teams, you need those pieces that just keep your team moving up the leaderboard. The late rounds are always the most exciting, because people need to fill up that roster with people who have high potential but aren’t as big as Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham. But don’t get the wrong idea, these guys aren’t bums. People are going to love having people like Tyler Eifert or Gary Barnidge come playoff time. Here are 10 players that were not drafted in the first 4 rounds on average so fair this fantasy season, but are definitely worth a look come those late rounds.
- Jeremy Langford-He is now the main man in the backfield in Chicago now that Forte has left to the Jets. He proved he can run 10-15 times a game and still get you a few catches out of the backfield like last year, but this year Culter will rely on him heavier. Jeremy has proved his explosiveness and ability to pound away at the defense in college at Michigan State and is ready to become an elite player in the NFL. He will have a challenge ahead of him with the tough defenses in the NFC North, but he seems ready for the challenge. Being drafted late in the middle of the 5th round on average so far this year, he can be a steal in the early 4th. Get him before someone else realizes he is still out there.
- Russell Wilson-The years of a quarterback being drafted in the 1st round are long gone now that PPR is in many leagues across the nation. But Russell Wilson is a growing star having his best season in 2015. After last years performance, he put himself in the ranks of players like Brady, Rodgers and Cam Newton. With players like Tyler Lockett, Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham, Wilson will look to have a career year yet again. He will miss being able to lean on the rushing game with Lynch officially retired, but he is mobile enough to either create passing lanes or run it himself. He is the 4th drafted quarterback in 2016, but could be the second quarterback off the board after Newton. The rushing quarterback is rare, and those extra points can make or break your fantasy season.
- Coby Fleener-Drew Brees is another year older, but he is still a top quarterback in the league. The Saints can really benefit from having a tall tight end running across the middle this year to give Brees a hand in time of need. Jimmy Graham has a similar build and showed great success playing in the pass happy system with Payton and Brees. Fleener proved he is a solid tight end with the Colts, and will be happy when Brees looks his way 10-12 times a game.
- Allen Hurns-Hurns and Robinson may be Bortles best friends, especially that great season all around from the passing game of the Jaguars last year. In only his 2nd year in the NFL, he eclipsed 1000 yards and managed 10 touchdowns. If the Jaguars can continue to pass down the field, Hurns will only get better and can be a top 10 receiver this year along with his teammate Allen Robinson.
- Derrick Henry-Backing up Demarco Murray may not be a bad thing for rookie Derrick Henry. He will be a good change of pace back when Murray needs a rest. With the young Mariota at the helm, Henry will slowly find a place in the Titans offense. With the potential of this offense, expect Henry to become a top 15 running back with his counterpart Murray finishing in the top 5 and returning to his old self.
- Jimmy Graham-After having a career low 2 touchdowns in his first season with the Seahawks, Graham is looking to bounce back to his 10+ touchdown seasons he had in New Orleans. He is looking good so far this off season after only playing 11 games last season. With Russell Wilson getting better, and Doug Baldwin and Tyler Locket opening up the middle for Graham, you can expect him to return to his old dominate form.
- Dorial Green-Beckham-The trade to the Eagles may have been the best thing for Dorial, but maybe not the best thing for the Eagles. He seems like he is a hot head, but that’s seem to fit for the Eagles in the past. He only had 32 catches last season but did average over 17 yards a catch. Playing across from Jordan Matthews will definitely open up the field for Dorial and help the injury prone Bradford throw the ball down field.
- Tyler Eifert-After a breakout season with 13 touchdowns on only 52 receptions(a touchdown every 4 catches), the Bengals will rely on him heavily since losing Sanu and having no solid passing option outside of AJ Green. Dalton Green and Eifert could be a monster trio as long as all 3 stay healthy and they get some help from their running game, which should be easy.
- Duke Johnson-Although he only had under 400 rushing yards, he has potential to break 1000 yards especially with RGIII taking over. That may not sound like a good sell, but the Browns could have a new style offense with Griffin under center. I don’t expect Duke to finish in the top 5, but he will finish as a top 15 back and will serve as a good backup on the bench.
- Victor Cruz-A healthy Victor Cruz is an amazing Victor Cruz, as the fantasy world found out in 2011 and 2012. After a mediocre 2013 and hardly playing in the last 2 years, Cruz is finally healthy and will play across Odell Beckman consistently. This duo, along with rookie wide out Sterling, is a defensive nightmare. The key for Cruz this season is to stay healthy. We have seen what time of numbers he can put up when he plays all 16 games, and for someone who is being over looked in the first 7 rounds, he is worth a shot in those late rounds when you are just trying to fill up your roster.