Fantasy football drafting is all about value. In this edition of Digging Deeper, we’re going to look at guys who are going too low in drafts or will provide excellent value for where they’re being drafted all things considered. Because of this, they should be reasonably easy to obtain if you really want them, regardless of your draft position. This is slightly different than a sleeper list in that we’ll talk about early round guys as well as mid- to late-round prospects. When draft rounds are mentioned, I’ll be referring to 12-team leagues based on
My Fantasy League’s ADP as of August 11th, 2008.
Is L.T. better now than he was last year, or the year before last? Probably not. Does Philip Rivers have better receiving options around him than he has ever had? That’s a safe bet when you consider he’ll be tossing to the likes of Chris Chambers, Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates (I know about the injury, but we’re still talking about a Top 3 TE here), and one of the best receiving RB’s (and arguably the best overall RB) in the league in L.T. Not to mention the fact that he plays in one of the best overall offenses in the league, and he’s entering the prime age for QB’s in the NFL (he’ll be 27 in December). Don’t forget, just two years ago, Rivers scored the same amount of fantasy points as Tom Brady.
Many people think Kitna’s numbers are sure to decline with the departure of Mike Martz (he was still the 13th-best QB in standard scoring leagues last year despite a terrible season, ahead of Eli Manning), but it could be a blessing in disguise. In fact, Marc Bulger was the third-best QB in standard scoring leagues the year
after Martz left
If you end up waiting on a QB, don’t feel bad about taking Kitna in the 11th round, as he’s currently going in the 12th and should be available. I’d rather have Kitna over Garrard, Rogers, Vince Young, Jason Campbell or Jeff Garcia.