Fantasy Football 2013: Breaking Down Underrated Offensive Gems

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2013

Dec 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL preseason is winding down and with it are many fantasy football drafts across the country.

Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Aaron Rodgers are just some of the names high on the list of owners who have yet to put together their squads. But there are a handful of non-superstar offensive weapons that fantasy GMs should be aware of. 

Below we'll examine a trio of underrated offensive gems that fantasy owners should be on the lookout for in 2013.


James Jones, Green Bay Packers, WR

Green Bay Packers wideout James Jones took advantage of Greg Jennings' injury-plagued 2012 season, reeling in 64 balls for 784 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns a season ago.

With Jennings now in Minnesota, look for Aaron Rodgers' favorite red-zone target to shine again.

Jones was targeted 19 times inside the opponent's 20-yard line a season ago and came away with 11 red-zone touchdowns. It's unlikely he'll lead the league in receiving touchdowns again in 2013, but he's still an underrated red-zone threat that could make a huge difference for lucky fantasy owners this coming season.


Chris Ivory, New York Jets, RB

The New York Jets addressed their lackluster ground attack by acquiring former New Orleans Saints backup running back Chris Ivory last spring. And if the power back is as effective as he was in the Big Easy in the Big Apple in 2013, an increased workload could turn him into a fantasy stud.

Ivory only has 256 career regular-season carries in three NFL seasons, but nearly 13 percent of those carries have gone for 10 or more yards. He averages 5.1 yards per carry for his career.

On top of that, the 25-year-old isn't going to go down easily. He's a bruising runner and, if he can stay healthy for a majority of the year, there's no doubt he can surpass 1,000 yards on the ground in 2013.


T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts, WR

A speedster with a knack for creating big plays, Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton is one of the most underrated offensive gems out there this summer.

Hilton was targeted 90 times as a rookie in 2012, recording 50 receptions for 861 yards and seven touchdowns. Even more impressive, he finished the year with 11 plays of 25 or more yards. 

Veteran Reggie Wayne is the still the man in the Colts' aerial attack—and it should be noted that Indy acquired Darrius Heyward-Bey this offseason—but Hilton is a big-play monster who can get behind the defense and provide an X-factor for your fantasy team in 2013.


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