10 Shiny Fantasy Football Bargain Bin Deals: Pt. 1
It is the eighth round in your fantasy draft.
You look around your living room; the draft board is half used up, cheat sheets are everywhere, and a stagnant aroma—a mixture of sweat, pizza and chinese food—hangs in the air.
Your 'lucky' NFL jersey is sticking to your skin and you only have one thought circulating through your mind: Who the hell is Devin Aromashodu?
Well, if your cursor proceeds to my slideshow, and your trigger finger presses down, I would be glad to unveil some well known players, and some not, who remain late in Fantasy Football drafts and are worth a late round pick or at least a look on the waiver wires.
READ THIS: These aren't necessarily sleepers, just people who I feel are being drafted a bit too low in drafts. Most of them are well known, or talked about, so no yelling at me that I didn't tell you about a Samkon Godo-esque player.
This is part one of two. The next 10 players will be released soon, so look forward to that.
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Pierre Garcon is very fast. Pierre Garcon has Peyton Manning throwing to him. Pierre Garcon and his quarterback became best buddies on the football field last postseason.
Manning hit this young speed demon up for 11 catches over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. The way I see it, even though Garcon will have to compete for catches, he has the possibility of becoming Peyton Manning's No. 2 or No. 3 target consistently.
Garcon will give Manning the ability to stretch the field, seeing as how he was targeted on passes of 20+ yards 49 times. I see them hooking up for some large games this year, and I suggest you jump on this bandwagon.
Where to get him: 7th round
Auction value: $10
Sir, Randy Moss Has Been Taken. Oh, Then Gimme the Other One.
DeSean Jackson: 62 receptions on 117 targets, 1,156 yards, 40 first downs, nine receiving TDs, nine red zone targets, 420 yards after catch, 14 receptions of 25 yards or more.
Santana Moss: 70 receptions on 120 targets, 902 yards, 40 first downs, three receiving TDs, 15 red zone targets, 400 yards after catch, eight receptions of 25 yards or more.
Those stats are relatively close. DeSean Jackson had more yards, partly because he broke six more big plays than Moss did.
However, Jackson has lost his beloved gunslinger, and Santana Moss now is the one with McNabb tossing him slants and flag patterns.
I am not saying that these guys are the same. They are different, but I do believe that Santana will play a similar role as to what DeSean did in Philly last year.
Where to get him: 8th round.
Auction Value: $9
Byron to Wallace? That Sounds Intimidating...
Mike Wallace had a very impressive YPC last year at 19.4 (good enough for third in the league). And it was no fluke.
This 6'0" receiver will be catching passes from Byron Leftwich for the first few games, but he is worth a late round pick. Because when Big Ben comes back, they are going to air it out, and air it out often.
Don't look for him to duplicate that 19.4 YPC, because that would be very difficult to do, but do expect some solid production from him as the Steelers top wideout.
Where to get him: 8th Round
Auction Value: $10
Robert Meachem, Reach for Him.
Robert Meachem had the highest YPA (yards per attempt or target) of 12.1 in the league last year. What that means is that when the ball is thrown his way, he is the most likely to catch it, and do something big.
Yes, Lance Moore is coming back from injury, but Meachem is definitely still valuable. He had nine receiving touchdowns, therefore a big red-zone target, has sure hands, and is also the biggest of all of the New Orleans receivers.
With Drew Brees as his quarterback, on this blitzkrieg of an offense, and him being one of the main targets inside the 20 all should add up for a nice little statistical blowout. Who dat? Its Robert Meachem and you should pick him.
Where to get him: 9th Round
Auction value: $8
Donald Brown Wakes Up
What about Joseph Addai? I am glad you asked imaginary questioner. I am saying that it is worth taking him, even if Addai is there, but the extra bonus is that Addai is injury prone and hasn't topped a 4.0 YPC in recent memory.
If he gets one ding or dent, or he continues his mediocre performance, Donald Brown, a punishing and rough 2nd year running back will become an essential part to one of the most prolific offenses in the league.
Hopefully, he can shake the cobwebs and use his speed and size to amount to a productive year. In my humblest of opinions, upside outweighs risk here.
Where to get him: 9th Round
Auction Value: $7
l Like Bush...
The title says it all, and if you are perverted, maybe a little bit more.
Michael Bush averages 4.8 YPC. Darren McFadden averaged 3.4 YPC.
Michael Bush is better in the NFL, and soon the Raiders will see that. This bruising Louisville product will soon bust out and trample Run-DMC on his way to fantasy glory.
He will get most of the first and second down carries and the brittle McFadden will look on, as Michael Bush takes his job.
Where to get him: 10th Round
Auction Value: $8
Malcolm 'No Longer in the Middle' Floyd
Yes, I know that Vincent Jackson is the main person pictured in the photo. But, look who is above him. Malcolm Floyd, and that is how they will rank on the depth chart and in the statistical books, with Floyd on top.
Let me break this down for you. Jackson will be suspended. He is also holding out. Malcolm Floyd is practically a clone of Vincent Jackson, and is not an idiot. Rivers likes to air it out.
Floyd is big and fast and while only starting eight games last year, he was targeted down-field (20+ yards) 49 times, and this year that number could become 60 or 70. He is going late in drafts despite some recent hype, and I am here to tell you, be the smart cookie in your draft and take him.
Where to get him: 11th to 12th Rounds
Auction Value: $3
Move Over Houshmandzadeh, Enter Devin Aromashodu
Over the past few weeks I have read a lot about Mister Aromashodizzle. I enoy his upside quite a bit. With that pass happy Mike Martz in Chi-Town and Jay Cutler hopefully learning something from last year, this excellent combination of size and speed could be a very productive fantasy player.
Yes, there is Johnny Knox. Mmmhmm, I know about Devin Hester too. Well, over the last four games last year Aromashodisco was targeted 39 times, tied for fifth in the league in that time frame.
He made the most of those targets and snatched 22 receptions, four resulting in a big six, for 282 yards. So, what is my advice? Learn to pronounce his name come draft day.
Where to get him: 12th or 13th Rounds
Auction Value: $0
Chad Henne, a Heads Up Penny
Mr. Roto and ESPN Fantasy Analyst Matthew Berry said this one best:
"He had 300 yards passing in three of his final five games, double-digit fantasy points in four of his final five games, and he just got Brandon Marshall."
Amen, Mr. Berry, Amen.
Where to get him: 12th Round
Auction Value: $2
Alex Smith Blooms into a Nice Little Man Flower
Alex Smith was taken first overall in the 2005 NFL draft, and for the past two years he has watched his draft day comparable, Aaron Rodgers, light up and break the scoreboards.
Well, something must have clicked inside that Gold and Red helmet of Alex Smith. In 11 games last year, 61 percent of Smith's attempts landed safely in a 49ers arms, and 18 of those receptions were for TDs.
If you were to project Smith's stats over a full starting year he would have shredded defenses and left defensive coordinators in fetal positions: 3,418 yards and 26 touchdowns. Welcome to the NFL Mr. Smith.
Where to get him: 13th Round
Auction Value: $0