With NFL camps about a week away, I can’t resist putting my undervalued fantasy picks out there.
Brandin Cooks – #1 receiver on a Drew Brees team that lost Graham and Stills. Why is he currently lasting into the 5th/6th rounds? A PPR monster season is not unreasonable.
Ameer Abdullah – Joique Bell is gimpy already and it’s July. Theo Riddick is strictly a passing down guy. Who else they got? All reports say Abdullah is starter material.
Mark Sanchez – beat reporters out of Philly have been saying for months Sanchez looks better than in ’14. He’s been the defacto starting QB all offseason on a team that’s finished top five in offense each year under Kelly. I think the Bradford experiment will be short lived.
Frank Gore – he’s creeping up in offseason mock drafts to the 3rd/4th rounds. But as a pass-catching back on a top-tier offense, that’s still a steal if you go WR, WR your first two picks.
Jonathan Stewart – I know Tolbert and Cam will vulture more than a few TDs, but Stewart was ripping off 5-yard runs at will late last year. His ADP is early round five right now but name me five backs who were better after mid season.
Charles Johnson – Yeah the Vikings added Mike Wallace, but Teddy has a year of reps with CJ, and Johnson still has to have that big-contract hunger. l’ll be drafting him after round seven or eight in many leagues this year.
Colin Kaepernick – with a depleted defense and a totally new coaching staff, expect this stat line often from the 49er QB: 13 for 30, 175 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 85 yards rushing, 1 TD. Folks that’s an ugly 21 fantasy points; but 21 points nonetheless. And you can get him late as a QB2.
Ryan Mathews – backs coming off major workloads don’t statistically pan out well the following season. Just ask Priest Holmes and Arian Foster. So when Chip Kelly runs DeMarco Murray into the ground by week 3, Mathews could step fresh off the bench into a prime starting gig.
Martellus Bennett – under new OC Adam Gase, Bronco TEs scored loads of TDs. I know Cutler is no Peyton Manning, but with Brandon Marshall no longer a target in the red zone, I’ve got a good feeling the Black Unicorn will have 10+ TDs. If you wait on tight end grab him late.