Jeremy Maclin and Fantasy Football Locks at Every Position

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Jeremy Maclin and Fantasy Football Locks at Every Position
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In fantasy football drafts every year, team owners desperately pore over cheatsheets, rankings, secret computer formulas and tea leaves in search of players that are "locks"—the sort of player who's a safe bet to at least perform up to his fantasy draft position, if not exceed it.

To aid those fantasy owners in their quest for glory, a trophy and perhaps a little extra spending money (after all, fantasy football isn't gambling, it's a game of skill), here's a look at one player at each position that should at the very least live up to his billing if not exceed it.

To make things interesting, I selected a player who is currently outside the top 10 quarterbacks, top 20 running backs and wide receivers, top 10 tight ends and top five team defenses. After all, telling you that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be a "lock" this year isn't exactly news.

No kickers here, either. The only advice you need regarding kickers is to wait until the last round and grab the best one left. If he doesn't pan out, off to the waiver wire he goes.

And with that, on with the show!

All Fantasy Average Draft Positions Courtesy of

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