Anyone can win a few games of fantasy football by picking the stars.
Defending champ Aaron Rodgers has, as expected, dominated the quarterbacks field. Detroit speedster Calvin Johnson has been as explosive as ever in the wide receiver category. And relying on Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy or Adrian Peterson to carry your team of RBs works night in and night out.
But real fantasy champions are determined by who can find the late-round sleepers that transform into every-week starters. These flier picks may not carry much risk—or reward—when they're chosen, but drafting a dark horse with your 12th or 13th round pick can make a world of difference.
So, when looking back at your always-crucial fantasy draft from a late-season perspective, identifying the long-shot players who blossomed into top scorers is a great way to paint a picture of which teams are at the top of the standings—and what your squad needs to do to reach that level next year.
These 10 players, in particular, have proven themselves as brilliant under-the-radar picks that gave a few men the keys to success while the rest of the league was twiddling their thumbs; all of them had average draft positions (ADP's) in the 10th round or later.
Whether they play for a Super Bowl contender or a Suck for Luck bottom-dweller, no one gave these budding stars the credit they deserved back in August...and, now, all 10 of them are making the ignorant fantasy managers of the country pay for it.
Notes: Fantasy Points-Per-Game based on Yahoo! default scoring; fantasy draft ADP taken from preseason 10-team, 15-round mock draft data at FantasyFootballCalculator.com. To read last season's edition of this article, click here.