The NFC North's 5 Most Overshadowed Fantasy Football Players

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2012

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You may not know this (maybe you skipped my bio, for shame!) but along with my constant stream of articles here, I work for a Fantasy Football site called Footballguys. There we put together stuff year round, keeping up on all the moves in and out of the season.

I thought I would crash these two worlds together and dig through the North's rosters to find you five players worth something, but overshadowed by their bigger, sexier comrades (or in one case, the general of his team).

Kellen Davis

Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Mike Bush, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett, hell even Devin Hester gets more pub than this guy.

Don't take that for a lack of potential, though. He may be overshadowed by almost everyone on the offense, but he could be poised to have a big season.

He won't likely crack the top five tight ends—Witten, Finley, Gates, Gronkowski, Graham (not in that order)—but that doesn't mean he won't have value.

Davis wants to catch between 40-60 balls and while that seems high given past history, it's easy to forget just how much Mike Martz disdained the use of the tight end. Mike Tice does not, and with the elimination of the seven-step drop, Cutler will likely be looking for his tight end on short routes when the pressure is hot.

Davis isn't a name a lot of people are thinking about, but as a back-up tight end, he's perfect and has a ton of upside.

Mikel Leshoure

He's suspended, coming off a nasty injury and has the dynamic Jahvid Best ahead of him. It seems like that combination has a lot of fantasy owners overlooking him in a big way.

But while Best is the more explosive back, Leshoure is a great runner between the tackles. Once Leshoure finishes serving his suspension, he should be in line for a ton of carries.

Draft him as bench depth, but be ready to start using him as a flex or second running back once he gets his feet under him around Week 6 or so. 

Randall Cobb

The fact that there was even a rumor about trading James Jones should tell you that the Packers are plenty confident in their second-year receiver.

Cobb showed some great run-after-the-catch ability both on a few receptions and on some kick returns in 2011. Donald Driver may be back, but he won't have a huge role, and James Jones is too inconsistent. Even if Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings stay, well... Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings...there will be plenty of targets for a young wide receiver the team wants involved.

As a flex player or a fourth wide receiver, Cobb is a good grab later in your drafts.

Kyle Rudolph

People have focused on John Carlson and the potential he once had, but don't sleep on Rudolph, who has a year in with Christian Ponder and played well in limited chances in 2011.

Carlson isn't very good—yes he had a tremendous first year and sure, the Seahawks made him block every other year—but he hasn't shown the necessary skills to excel in general.

Rudolph is quick, has good hands and will be a reliable pass catcher for Ponder. In an offense with one receiver pouting, one receiver suspended and a whole lot of question marks, Rudolph could explode this year.

As with Davis, grab him as a second tight end, and be ready to use him when he heats up.

Greg Childs

As with Rudolph, people could be overlooking Childs because the Vikings don't strike people as being productive offensively.

Add to it Childs' rookie status and you have a recipe for a pass for most owners.

However late in your draft, possibly even POST draft, you should find room on the bench for him.

Why? Simply put, he has the size and vertical that nobody in the receiver group has and he fits in perfectly with Harvin and Simpson.

While I like fellow Arkansas rookie Jarius Wright, Childs has a better chance of making an impact this year.

Aside from being a rookie, the biggest question is whether he can stay healthy. He wouldn't have dropped if he hadn't been hurt last season. Can he stay healthy?

That's the key and we'll get a good look next week in training camp.

So while people talk about Harvin and Simpson, keep Childs on your radar for later on.

You'll be glad you did.

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