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Fantasy Football 2012: 5 Bench Players You'd Be Smart to Have

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Fantasy Football 2012: 5 Bench Players You'd Be Smart to Have
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From overvalued to far undervalued

With the start of the fantasy football season upon us (oh yeah!), smart fantasy owners know the importance of drafting a solid bench to compliment the skills, strengths and weaknesses of their starting players.

The also know how to effectively use the waiver wire to find players who could factor into their fantasy equation. Whether it is a matchup issue or dealing with an ill-timed bye week, finding and identifying up-and-coming players is essential to the success of the aforementioned fantasy team.

Some of these players have yet to make a real name for themselves in the NFL, while others have seen their value over the years meteorically rise and fall at the drop of a hat. The point is, whether these players are selected in your fantasy draft or not, they should be accounted and perhaps stowed away for reference down the line. They all stand a great chance at gaining fantasy value early on into the season.

So while the novice owner thinks about who to draft in the first round and who will have a better season between Roddy White and Julio Jones (Hint: it's White), the smart, savvy fantasy vet will know where the most importance lies—bench players with high upside.

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