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DRAFT HELP: Late Round Fliers

The last two picks of the late rounds should be reserved for your kicker and D/ST. The great thing about the late rounds is there are no bad picks (except taking a kicker before the last two rounds). This is where you can find players to grind you out a few points or some wild cards to gamble on.


If you waited on quarterback you may be able to snag Matt Ryan or Philip Rivers in the 11th round.. If not grab a pair of guys to play matchups or stream quarterback. Here are some guys you can stream or platoon.

Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns

If you want to cheap out and wait, Taylor is available in the kicker rounds and the defenses in the conference are not nearly the terrors they used to be.

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

The hype train on Mahomes may be a bit out of control but he has Hill and Kelce as reliable receivers, a healthy Hunt, and Watkins for whatever games he stays healthy for.

Alex Smith, Washington Redskins

Washington has a lot of red flags right now. They lost Guice for the season, Jordan Reed is injured (that is a sentence that tends to be true whenever applied), their receivers aren’t confidence instilling and Chris Thompson is still recovering. With Alex Smith available in the kicker rounds he is worth a grab even under these circumstances, particularly in leagues that punish interceptions.

Case Keenum, Denver Broncos

Yep…I just wrote that name and I wasn’t laughing. Okay I was laughing a little bit but Keenum is available at the end of your draft or off the wire and has several talented receivers. Denver isn’t Minnesota and I expect Keenum will have far more difficulty taking the helm of the Broncos, but he is practically free and you can play the matchups with Keenum.

Running Back

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Barber has been climbing up boards as it becomes clearer he is the top back in Tampa right now. Tampa looks to be a mess this year but Barber may make a nice discount depth option. Barber could end up being the best bargain of the season.

Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins

“Fat Rob” looks pretty good. With Guice down, he will be battling Perine for the first and second down back role and he has a good shot to get it.

Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers

Injuries are plaguing the Green Bay running backs making it hard to pick a winner but Montgomery should have a role and has the ability to tack on PPR points as well. Montgomery should be on the field putting up some points each game, regardless of how the lead back situation pans out, which makes him the safest gamble of the lot.

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

He is great for PPR leagues as a bye week fill in or a desperation flex. Mixon is the guy but Bernard should be able to put in enough work to be worth a roster spot and he is being drafted around the same place that kicker Justin Tucker is.

Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts

Marlon Mack is projected to be the guy but he has been battling injuries and Wilkins is the kind of guy you can take right before your defense and throw on your bench to see how the first few weeks of the season play out. The only cost to you is the pick before your defense and the bench spot so the cost is cheap.

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He didn’t grind against Denver because Case Keenum was the MVP quarterback for Oakland in that game. Kansas City is the last stop and he should have to throw this week once Oakland gets behind.