Daily Haze: Five Undrafted Fantasy Football Sleepers
So you have already had your fantasy draft, but are carrying some dead weight on your roster. Maybe one of your players suffered an injury last weekend (Arian Foster). Or you drafted somebody who already was hurt (Ryan Williams).
Not to worry. In most leagues, there are undrafted players with high ceilings. Not all of these guys are going to hit, but chances are good that at least a couple of them will be service-able in 2011 by opportunity alone.
These five players should have the opportunity to become relevant fantasy options:
1. Aaron Brown, RB, Lions: Call me crazy, but I think Brown — not Jerome Harrison — has a good shot of taking the Mikel LeShoure role in this offense. He is familiar with the system and looks comfortable in the passing game. I do not think it was a coincidence that Brown got the start last week against the Patriots with Jahvid Best ailing.
2. Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals: Someone other than Larry Fitzgerald is going to have to catch passes this year. Roberts had a good camp and a somewhat quiet preseason. He is going to start and should be the beneficiary of a lot of single coverage with Fitz on the other side. Could be a nice PPR play.
3. Lance Kendricks, TE, Rams: At this point, I would consider Kendricks a top-12 tight end this season. Sam Bradford is going to spread the ball around and there are other options who will command more attention than Kendricks (Steven Jackson, Brandon Gibson, Danny Amendola, etc.). He should be able to exploit matchups as a good pass-catching tight end.
4. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: With No. 3 receiver Emmanuel Sanders out of the lineup, Brown has put on a show. He caught two long touchdown passes against the Falcons last week and is an explosive weapon on an offense that passes the ball a lot more than you think.
5. Jamie Harper, RB, Titans: With Chris Johnson holding out, almost everyone expected Javon Ringer to be the fill-in running back this season. But so far in preseason, Harper has stolen the show. The Titans may be protecting Ringer, but Harper’s solid performance thus far warrants consideration as a bench player in fantasy leagues.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Cedric Benson got in a little more trouble this offseason, and he is going to pay for it now: Benson has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for his indiscretions. Fantasy owners of Benson can breath a sigh of relief, however, as he plans to serve his time on his bye week. [ProFootballTalk]
- Last fantasy football draft weekend is just a few days away. If you have an auction draft this weekend, make sure you are well prepared ahead of time. I have yet to do an auction but it really, really seems like the way to go. Need to get on that next season. [The Big Lead]
- Ahmad Bradshaw has been struggling in preseason, but that has not stopped fantasy owners from drafting him well ahead of teammate Brandon Jacobs in fantasy drafts. But Jacobs has had a good preseason and figures to be a good value pick in drafts. Put a little star next to his name on cheat sheets, you should still be able to get him at a good value. [Fantasy Douche]
- Two bounce-back candidates at the wide receiver position this year: Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald. Both were hampered by bad quarterback play last year, although Fitz did not have that bad of a season if you look at the numbers. Still, he should improve at least in the touchdowns category with Kevin Kolb behind center. [SI.com]
- Preseason week three revelations, starting with Tim Hightower’s summer to remember in Washington. No player has done more for his value this preseason than Hightower. Now he just needs to stay healthy and hold onto the football and it should be a good season. [Roto Arcade]
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