2012 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Players with Rising Values

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIAugust 14, 2012

Aug. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) does a flip in the end zone to celebrate a first half touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
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Drafting is upon everyone this month and values of players rise and fall during the preseason as injuries occur, players under-perform, and players show what they are made of.  Here is a list of players in no particular order with rising values.


Adrian Peterson (RB, MIN)

AP is officially off the PUP list and ready for action.  He may have a bit less carries in Week 1, but there is no doubt he will be ready to roll with solid fantasy numbers in 2012 if his knee holds up.  AP's knee is the major unknown, but so far he's is showing that he heals well and is ready to rock.  1,200-plus yards and double-digit TDs in 2012 is what you should expect.  If you are given a later first-round pick and are looking for an RB, then AP is a nice choice.


Evan Royster (RB, WAS)

Evan Royster is going very late in drafts.  In the last two games of the year as a starter he was able to post 150 combined yards in each game.  Hightower is injury-prone and Helu isn't showing that he can handle a full workload.  Royster is an excellent RB later-rounds selection.


Andrew Luck (QB, IND)

I am excited to see how Luck does in his rookie year.  He is looking extremely sharp and intelligent in the preseason and he should be able to post solid numbers for 2012.  He is an easy dynasty league QB selection, but what type of numbers can you expect this year?  Luck should safely produce over 3,600 yards and 20 TDs, BUT his upside is 4,000 yards and almost 30 TDs.  Solid backup QB selection choice at this point.


Cedric Benson (RB, GB)

PPR-league players should keep an eye on Benson, as Rodgers does like to throw to his RB.  Benson is going to go in later rounds of your draft and he is great to have on your bench, to see if he produces upside for you.  James Starks is dealing with turf toe, which is never good, and I would bet Benson sees a solid amount of action in 2012.

Pierre Garcon (WR, WAS)

Garcon is going in mid-rounds of drafts and his upside potential with RGIII is excellent.  Going over 1,000 yards with near-double-digit TDs is not out of the question.  Do yourself a favor and target Garcon in your 2012 drafts.


Austin Collie (WR, IND)

Collie is a starting WR in Indy and Luck is looking his way.  Collie is going very late in drafts and is worth rostering for bye weeks and spot starts.


Nate Washington (WR, TEN)

Kenny Britt is not a safe pick in 2012, but Nate time and time again shows he is a safe pick for fantasy football teams.  Nate will give you around 1,000 yards and eight TDs, which makes him a later-round target for your bye weeks and spot starts.

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