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Five Fantasy Players You'll Overlook For A Rookie

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Mike RigzContributor IAugust 17, 2009

We’ve all been there.

It’s the 8th round of your fantasy draft and everyone’s waiting. It’s your pick and you’re feeling the pressure.

The player you wanted went to the guy before you and you’ve been caught off guard. Your fantasy team has the stud running backs and the great quarterback. You’re solid at wide receiver (at least you think you are) and the late round sleeper tight end you’ve been eye balling is good for a few more rounds. So, who’s it gonna be?

Insert the nothing pick.

The nothing pick is the guy you take and regret seconds after announcing his name. He’s the guy everyone snickers at, the player that gets a punchline from your friend sitting across the table; he might be a sleeper, but more likely, he’s a reach.

Everyone loves that feeling of picking the fantasy player that gets the big commotion.

The “Oh man, he’s still around?” kind of response that puts a smile on your face. There’s nothing like seeing your buddy drop the F-Bomb and pound the table.

While that feeling is no doubt the highlight of your day, reaching on a player that never does anything for your fantasy team hurts ten times worse.

Selecting productive veteran workhorses is always a smarter pick than looking at the bottom of the page for some rookie that will be great in two years.

The former are solid, mid-round players that lack the “sexy pick” nametag, but add depth to your fantasy team. These players are projected around the seventh and eighth rounds.

They’re not superstars, but they’ll beef up your depth and have little to zero risk.


WR Kevin Walter 

The Texans always seem to get into a shootout with whomever they play.

Andre Johnson consistently demands double coverage, which allows Walter to find breathing room.

Walter is a solid receiver to add to your roster; he can step in at any time as a bye week replacement or fill-in injury spot.

 

WR Hines Ward 

This 33 year-old receiver always gets the knock for being risky because of his age.

At 33 he's no spring chicken, but Hines Ward is a magnet for the end zone, and, when in a bind, he will get you some decent yardage.

2008 was Hines Ward’s first 1000 yard season since 2004.

 

QB Carson Palmer 

It seems like it’s been a while since we thought of Carson Palmer as a stud fantasy quarterback.

The Bengals were the doormat of the league for years (some say they still are) and the only bright light was this former USC gunslinger.

Palmer was becoming an elite fantasy player before another injury setback last year.

With his health concerns behind him, the Bengals can finally restore their high powered passing attack circa 2006.

Grab some depth at quarterback, you’ll thank yourself midseason.

WR Donald Driver

The Packers are loaded with offensive weapons, which makes Driver a hard player to pick when to start.

Regardless of the guessing game, he is a 1000 yard wide receiver.

While defensive coordinators are scheming for Greg Jennings, Driver can make big catches.

RB LenDale White

Would you really be upset with six carries for 18 yards and two easy, gimme-touchdowns?

LenDale lost a little weight, but he still gets the ball where it counts.

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