Fantasy Football 2013: Top Underrated Players with Excellent Value

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Fantasy Football 2013: Top Underrated Players with Excellent Value
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Fantasy football draft season is winding down as the 2013 NFL regular season is set to kick off in less than a week. 

But for fantasy owners who have yet to assemble their squads and are looking to maximize on value, or for those hoping to make some changes to their lineup before Week 1 gets underway, there are a number of second-tier players who should be on your radar.

Here we'll break down three of the top underrated fantasy players worth adding this summer if you're looking for value.

 

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears, RB

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Bears running back Matt Forte only had three 100-plus-yard rushing games in 2012 but still managed to rack up over 1,000 yards on the ground for the third time in his career.

Although Forte isn't a huge red-zone threat in terms of scoring a ton of touchdowns like Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson, his threat as a receiver helps to make up for it. Forte caught 44 passes for 340 additional yards and a score last season.

With veteran Jay Cutler back under center, Forte should start producing solid numbers right away.

While there are several big-name backs you should consider before pulling the trigger on Forte in your fantasy draft, the 27-year-old offers tremendous value for your team after the first round.  

 

Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions, RB

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Like Matt Forte, Reggie Bush is a versatile and elusive back who can pick up yards and score touchdowns in a variety of ways.

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Now in Detroit, Bush will be the man in the Lions' backfield. Expect the Lions to involve him a lot considering the NFC North contenders haven't had a shifty offensive weapon to get the ball to since Barry Sanders during the 1990s.

Although Bush only has one 1,000-yard rushing season in his career, he's been playing his best football over the past two seasons, averaging nearly five yards per carry and well over seven yards per reception during his time with the Miami Dolphins in 2011 and 2012.

With more than a dozen running backs likely to be drafted ahead of him, Bush makes sense for owners hoping to land a quality back in the third or fourth round of a 10- or 12-team draft.

 

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR

There may be as many as 10 wide receivers ranked ahead of Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson heading into the 2013 season, but that doesn't mean the 6'5" veteran doesn't offer tons of value if taken sometime after the first three rounds of a 10- or 12-team league.

Jackson recorded a career-best 72 receptions for 1,384 yards (fifth most in the league in 2012) and eight touchdowns in 2012, and should be just as effective in his second season with the Bucs.

Another reason why fantasy owners should consider Jackson is the fact that he possesses a home run threat on each and every play. He averages 17.8 yards per reception for his NFL career and had five 100-plus-yard receiving games last season, including a 216-yard game against the New Orleans Saints.

 

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