Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Scott Smith. You can follow him on Twitter @ScottSmith610 and read his fantasy football writing on RotoViz. …
On Tuesday, Scott provided us with ten tips to navigate the #SFB480. Today he lists five undervalued players you should consider targeting in #SFB480 drafts when comparing their #SFB480 ADP to aggregate projections from a number of fantasy sites…
1. Melvin Gordon (Agg. Rank – 62, ADP – 95.8)
Melvin Gordon, or “Meh-lvin” as he is affectionately known in fantasy circles, is a prime post-hype sleeper candidate. Never has a lead RB been as allergic to the endzone as Gordon was in his rookie campaign. That trend should not continue in 2016. On the surface, Gordon’s rookie year was a complete disaster, but if you look underneath it wasn’t nearly as bad as it seems. TJ Hernandez took a great look at the impact Ken Whisenhunt will have on the Chargers offense. The lead RBs in Whisenhunt offenses have traditionally handled more than 15 carries per game and saw over 54 percent of the RB opportunities. In a league that values RB carries, a late eighth round pick is a steal for a player who has top-12 RB upside.
2. Jeremy Langford (Agg. Rank – 50, ADP 93.6)
With a late eighth round ADP, the fantasy community is a bit low on Langford. As a rookie, Langford was a stud when given the bell cow roll. In games where he saw 15 or more touches he averaged more than 100 yards and a touchdown. With Matt Forte moving to the Jets, Langford should get a fair shake to take over that roll. Some may caution the arrival of rookie Jordan Howard to cut into early down opportunity but that worry seems baked into Langford’s ADP. To quell those overly worried, Howard has an ADP of 165, so it should be easy to corner the market on Chicago’s backfield.
3. Mike Wallace (Agg. Rank – 127, ADP – 161.2)
How often do you have the opportunity to grab a team’s top receiving option in the middle of the 13th round? Well that’s the situation you could find yourself in if you ante up and select Mike Wallace. Marc Trestman-led offenses have put up the second-highest passing pace behind Sean Payton and the Saints. Wallace should also mesh well with strong-armed Joe Flacco as the deep weapon in the Baltimore offense. Let’s not forget Wallace has four top-24 WR scoring finishes under his belt, and a recent 10-touchdown season.
4. DeSean Jackson (Agg. Rank – 77, ADP – 100)
We aren’t talking about DeSean Jackson as your WR1 here, but he is still one of the premier deep threats in the league. Battling injuries and missing a slew of games, Jackson was a big disappointment to his owners in 2015. When healthy in Washington’s offense, Jackson has averaged over 13.7 points per game. In 2015, Jackson also tied his career high touchdown rate at eight percent. Given his propensity for big plays, Jackson would seem to be a lock to return value with an eighth round pick. Jackson still has WR20 upside and can produce the big games that put you over the top in any given week.
5. Willie Snead (Agg. Rank – 96, ADP 117.3)
Willie Snead surprised last year for a Saints team badly looking for someone outside of Brandin Cooks. Snead did not disappoint and looks to be a steal in a New Orleans offense that passes the ball more frequently than any other team. Factor in Drew Brees and his consistency, and Snead becomes a prime target to get a cheap piece of the Saints’ passing pie. On the flip side, Snead visited the the endzone on only 4.4 percent of his receptions. Rich Hribar fully expects Snead to improve on that number in 2016.
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