Fantasy Football 2010: Which Late-Round Draft Picks Have Been the Best?

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Fantasy Football 2010: Which Late-Round Draft Picks Have Been the Best?
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Fantasy Stud WR Austin Collie dives for a pass in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

We all remember those weeks of August and early September, as our web pages were clogged with mock drafts and we all tried to prepare to get the most possible out of our fantasy football drafts. Would we go after a running back in the first round, or try something different? When was the best time to get a quarterback? How could we avoid forgetting those overlook-able tight ends?

And then, when it was draft day, we each sat down at our computers or in a friend's living room and made pick after pick that would determine much of our success in the upcoming fantasy football season. The Chris Johnsons came off the board and then the Peyton Mannings, Brandon Marshalls, Cedric Bensons and Vernon Davises.

But after a while, it came down to the late rounds. Suddenly, it was prime time for kickers, defenses and backup tight ends. But, occasionally, it was also time for the much-anticipated late-round fliers. Which players would come out of the blue to earn a starting spot? The last rounds were the time to grab our best guesses at these dark horse superstars.

However, six weeks into the season now, we've gathered a fairly good picture of the haves and have-nots in the fantasy world. There's the usual bunch of surprises, busts, week-in, week-out performers, and hope-you-get-lucky starters. However, looking back, which players that could've easily been drafted in the 13th, 14th or 15th rounds turned out the best? Which late-round fliers really paid off?

Note: Average draft positions were taken from Fantasy Football Calculator's statistics for a 10-team, 15-round draft. Fantasy points are the typical default settings, with one point per ten yards for rushing and receiving and six points for a touchdown, one point per 20 yards passing and four points for a touchdown, etc. Only RBs, WRs, QBs and TEs, drafted in round 10 or later, are included.

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