Go ahead and grab Jordan Shipley in your NFL fantasy draft or auction.
He will cost you next to nothing and the other owners will snicker because you snatched a Cincinnati Bengals discard. Don’t be discouraged or defend the selection.
As the weeks go by and the wins start to rack up, start smiling. Then when your competitors begin to unleash barbs about how lucky you are, just direct them back to their previous statements. And channel your inner Reggie Miller because you will have earned it.
All of the guys on this list aren’t marquee names yet. By season’s end, they will be.
Jordan Shipley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We now live in a world where the Cincinnati Bengals have released a player who will have a solid fantasy season. I’m still not sure how I feel about that. Either it’s the return of the Bungles or the team is so deep that it didn’t matter.
Regardless, Shipley was cut due to concerns about his lingering injury. The Bucs don’t seem too worried about it. In his first practice with the team, the former Bengal demonstrated his burst by returning a punt for a touchdown.
Since the injury concern is less than previously thought, Shipley is certainly worth a pick. He showed steady hands in his rookie season and will get plenty of opportunities to work the middle of the field since defenses will be worried about Vincent Jackson over the top.
Titus Young, Detroit Lions
The best-kept secret in Detroit is starting to get quite a bit of attention. If your draft is later in the preseason, the price will undoubtedly go up on this budding star.
Young had a rocky start to his debut season, but finished strong to tie for second on the team with six touchdowns. He has recovered from an early incident involving safety Louis Delmas to turn in an impressive preseason.
There are quite a few other options on the Detroit offense. However, Young will draw single coverage thanks to Calvin Johnson and has a burst that is second to none.
If you’re going to take a chance on one of the old guys, make it Edwards. He isn’t as old as it would appear though since he is only 29.
But more importantly, Edwards finally understands the value of practice and opportunity. He told Eric D. Williams of The News Tribune that “when you get them, you have to make them count.”
Anyone who saw Braylon play for the Cleveland Browns can attest to his talent. and his current coaches insist that he is making plenty of plays. So give him a late-round flier and a couple weeks. You won’t regret it.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Much like Young, Cobb is a player on the verge of breaking out despite being buried behind talented receivers.
The Green Bay Packers have a ridiculous amount of pass-catching depth. Greg Jennings leads a group that includes of last year’s breakout stud Jordy Nelson and tight end Jermichael Finley.
The presence of those players will only lead to more receptions for Cobb. Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to force it to anyone when he has this many weapons around him. With only James Jones stopping him from being the third receiver, Cobb will be a fantasy stud by Week 4.
Rueben Randle, New York Giants
Eli Manning isn’t too shabby of a quarterback either. He understands what he has in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. He’ll soon learn that he has a new toy in Randle.
So just like the others, take him late and wait. It’ll all be worth it.