It is time, my friends! Print out those cheat sheets, depth charts and draft guides, it is the peak of fantasy draft season!
Maybe you have meticulously planned your draft, ran some mocks and have a strategy? Maybe you are just checking into football now? Either way, your fee has turned into injury reports and position battles.
With discord comes discounts. Here are a few guys to snag late:
Kansas City Backfield
The Kansas City backfield already had question marks before Spencer Ware went down for the season. Kareem Hunt makes a nice purchase in the fourth or the fifth round and he is slated to get the start. For bargain shoppers, Charcandrick West should be going late and should be able to help teams as a flex or bye week fill in in point per reception leagues, as pass blocking may be what slows Hunt down and helps West out.
New England Receivers
Continuing with a theme, with Julian Edelman’s injury everyone else gets a bump. Brandin Cooks should go in the second round now and Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan should climb up boards. If Hogan is still there in the eighth, he is a nice grinder with upside.
Rookie Fever Throwaways
Joe Mixon should eventually be the starter in Cincinnati but Jeremy Hill isn’t riding the pine yet and he is coming at a discount. In point per reception leagues Gio Bernard will make a nice bargain flex for a savvy shopper.
The Seattle backfield’s cup certainly does runeth over but Thomas Rawls is going obscenely late considering Eddie Lacy’s injury history and issues over the last few years. Keep an eye on C.J. Prosise as it wouldn’t be a crazy stretch to think at some point he is the only healthy guy left.
Robbie Anderson and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
Because someone needs to catch the ball. Although I expect the New York Jets to be a flaming dumpster fire (I am snagging the New England defense/special teams where I can), when bye week time rolls around they might be able to help hand you some points — and they are almost free.
Catch the rookie fever
There was a quick spike for Kenny Golladay and Cooper Kupp a few weeks ago that has calmed down. In deeper leagues, stashing one of these guys to see how things play out may be worth it. You shouldn’t be thinking about Golladay until at least the 11th round and Kupp in the 14th or 15th rounds in a 19-20-round draft.
Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Coleman are two late-round bargains being ignored by the masses. Ginn Jr. is the speedster that when he hits, should hit big, but Coleman is the bargain I love. He is big and he is free. Stash him for 3-4 weeks if you have room and see how he develops.
If you draft LeSean McCoy, you should look to handcuffing him with Jonathan Williams. If you don’t draft McCoy, you may want to look at stashing Williams in deeper leagues. Buffalo has been acting like they have already moved to Toronto and Anquan Boldin took one look around and ran for the hills. The running backs will end up carrying a tremendous weight this year and whether McCoy gets nicked up or fed up, seeing Williams get some work as the season progresses is a good gamble.
Good luck and have fun out there!