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2012 Draft Prep: Buy-low candidates

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Everyone loves to save and find a bargain. It's why we cut coupons and look for two-for-one specials. You always want to get more value than what you actually spend, and it's a great feeling when that happens.

With that in mind, we're here to help find your Draft Day deals. These are buy-low candidates, which are players who are being drafted in Round 10 or later based on Average Draft Position, but they have the chance to become Fantasy starters.

We see it happen almost every year; a player selected with a late-round pick ends up becoming a quality Fantasy option in all leagues. Some buy-low candidates from last year included Cam Newton (2011 ADP was Round 13), DeMarco Murray (2011 ADP was Round 13), Antonio Brown (2011 ADP was Round 17) and Brent Celek (2011 ADP was Round 11).

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Now, we all have our late-round sleepers who we think are going to shine. But the reality is most of the players listed below are going to be drafted late for a reason. Still, we hope to point out a few players who should be great bargains on Draft Day.

Editor's note: Average Draft Position data as of Aug. 3.

Quarterback

Guys available: Joe Flacco (pick No. 128), Carson Palmer (130), Andrew Luck (139), Josh Freeman (140), Andy Dalton (143), Sam Bradford (152), Ryan Fitzpatrick (155), Alex Smith (157), Matt Flynn (159), Matt Cassel (212)
I'd draft ... Palmer, Luck, Freeman, Dalton, Fitzpatrick and Smith
Here's why: Freeman and Smith might have benefited the most this offseason with the weapons added to their respective receiving corps. Freeman got a new No. 1 receiver in Vincent Jackson, an upgrade at tight end in Dallas Clark over Kellen Winslow and a tremendous backfield threat in Doug Martin. Keep in mind that Freeman is just one year removed from being a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback, and he could easily get back to that level if things break right. Smith got two new targets in Randy Moss and Mario Manningham and LaMichael James should help out of the backfield also. ... Most Fantasy analysts, myself included, expect Robert Griffin III to be the top rookie quarterback, but Luck might be right there with him. He has quality talent around him in Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Coby Fleener, and the Colts might be trailing in every game, forcing Luck to throw a lot in comeback efforts. ... Palmer only saw limited action last year after being traded to the Raiders, but he had at least 18 Fantasy points in six of nine starts. He should have a similar ratio this season and makes for a quality No. 2 Fantasy passer. The same goes for Dalton and Fitzpatrick, especially since Fitzpatrick finished as a Top 12 Fantasy quarterback last year. ... One other quarterback not being drafted who is worth consideration is Jake Locker, who could end up as the starter for the Titans by Week 1.

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Running back

Guys available: Ryan Williams (116), David Wilson (125), Felix Jones (126), Tim Hightower (127), Daniel Thomas (133), Pierre Thomas (135), Ronnie Hillman (136), Rashard Mendenhall (137), Kevin Smith (141), Jacquizz Rodgers (147), Robert Turbin (151), Mike Goodson (153), Brandon Jacobs (154), Shane Vereen (160), Cedric Benson (167), Evan Royster (168), Rashad Jennings (171), Bernard Scott (173), Isaiah Pead (181), Mike Tolbert (194)
I'd draft ... Williams, Wilson, Pierre Thomas, Hillman, Smith, Rodgers, Turbin, Goodson, Royster, Jennings, Scott and Pead
Here's why: Williams is one of my favorite sleepers this year. I'd rather pass on Beanie Wells in Round 5 -- which is his ADP -- and take Williams in Round 10, because their production should be similar, making Williams the better buy. ... Hillman and Rodgers are two running backs I plan to target in PPR leagues. The Broncos and Falcons are expected to be pass-heavy this season, and Hillman and Rodgers will be on the field in those situations more than Willis McGahee and Michael Turner, respectively. Hillman might also turn out to be a fine option in standard leagues as well. ... The Giants drafted Wilson in the first round, which speaks volumes about how they view Ahmad Bradshaw as a featured running back. While Bradshaw should still dominate the touches, Wilson will also get plenty of playing time, and Bradshaw has a lengthy injury history with foot problems. ... Some excellent backup running backs could be Turbin, Jennings and Pead. Turbin could be the starter in Seattle at some point if Marshawn Lynch is suspended. Jennings could open the season as the starter in Jacksonville if Maurice Jones-Drew has a lengthy holdout and Pead has drawn comparisons to Chris Johnson as the backup to Steven Jackson. New Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who coached Johnson in Tennessee, might use Pead to supplement Jackson, and Jackson is nearing the end of his run as a featured rusher, which means a breakdown could possibly happen this year. ... I'm coming around on Smith as the best running back for the Lions. He's healthy, which is something that can't be said about Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best during training camp. ... Goodson is an emergency option in case Darren McFadden goes down, and Royster might end up as the best running back for the Redskins. At least for one week. The next week it could be Roy Helu. The week after that it could be Hightower. You never know with Mike Shanahan, but Royster could get an extended look.

Wide receiver

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Guys available: Justin Blackmon (pick No. 110), Santonio Holmes (113), Lance Moore (115), Sidney Rice (123), Darrius Heyward-Bey (131), Santana Moss (132), Michael Crabtree (134), Greg Little (138), Laurent Robinson (142), Nate Washington (146), Mike Williams (148), Brian Quick (161), Kendall Wright (162), Danny Amendola (164), Michael Floyd (165), Brandon LaFell (169), Randall Cobb (174), Mario Manningham (176), Doug Baldwin (179), David Nelson (180), Austin Collie (184), Jon Baldwin (187), Chad Johnson (188), Rueben Randle (193), Vincent Brown (200), Emmanuel Sanders (203), Jacoby Ford (205), Jerome Simpson (207)
I'd draft ... Holmes, Moore, Rice, Heyward-Bey, Moss, Little, Washington, Williams, Quick, Wright, LaFell, Cobb, Jon Baldwin and Randle
Here's why: It's never a bad thing to draft a team's No. 1 receiver even if the quarterback situation isn't great. That's what we have here with Holmes, Rice, Little and potentially Quick (I'd pass on Blackmon/Robinson because I don't trust either one coming into the season). Each of these receivers has the potential to be No. 3 Fantasy options, with Holmes and Rice proven commodities and Little and Quick likely featured targets on bad teams. ... Moore is an underrated Fantasy receiver playing with an elite quarterback in Drew Brees, and he should benefit with more targets now that Robert Meachem is in San Diego. Cobb is another receiver that has the chance for big stats based on his quarterback, and Aaron Rodgers should enjoy throwing to Cobb down the field. ... Denarius Moore should be considered the No. 1 receiver for the Raiders, but Heyward-Bey was a breakout in his third year in 2011. Hopefully he can build off that in 2012. ... Speaking of third-year receivers, LaFell should be a breakout candidate catching passes from Newton. He should make tremendous strides this season. We hope Williams takes advantage of his third season after a disappointing sophomore campaign. A bounce-back year from Freeman would help. ... Washington and Wright will benefit from a potential Kenny Britt suspension, and Britt is still dealing with a knee injury. ... Baldwin is taking advantage of Dwayne Bowe's holdout, and Randle has the chance to make plays early in the year with Hakeem Nicks (foot) hurt. ... Moss is being overlooked with the Redskins adding Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan this offseason, but don't be surprised if Moss remains the best receiver in Washington this year. ... Speaking of the Redskins, two receivers not being drafted worth consideration are Leonard Hankerson and Josh Gordon. Hankerson could start opposite Garcon with Moss in the slot. And Gordon, who was a supplemental draft pick in Cleveland, could be the starter along with Little.

Tight end

Guys available: Jacob Tamme (pick No. 109), Brandon Pettigrew (112), Jermaine Gresham (118), Brent Celek (121), Owen Daniels (149), Coby Fleener (158), Jared Cook (163), Dustin Keller (170), Kyle Rudolph (175), Greg Olsen (183), Heath Miller (198), Dallas Clark (201), Martellus Bennett (208), Kellen Winslow (211)
I'd draft ... Tamme, Pettigrew, Gresham, Celek, Daniels, Fleener, Cook, Keller, Rudolph and Olsen
Here's why: Tight end is one of the deepest positions this year. You can definitely take one of the elite options in the first five rounds like Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski or Antonio Gates, which is fine. But if you choose to wait, there are great tight ends out there, including the ones listed here. Gresham is my favorite breakout tight end this year, and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wants to feature him in the passing game like the Patriots use Gronkowski. He should be the No. 2 target for Dalton after A.J. Green. ... Pettigrew and Celek were Top 12 tight ends last year, and they should finish in that range again. ... Tamme will benefit from being reunited with Peyton Manning in Denver after the two were teammates with the Colts, and the same goes for Fleener with Luck. The two were college stars at Stanford, and Luck should lean on Fleener. ... Daniels and Keller will likely be the No. 2 options in the passing game for the Texans and Jets, respectively, and each should see plenty of targets. ... Olsen will improve now that Jeremy Shockey is gone in Carolina, and Olsen has the talent to be a Top 10 tight end. ... Cook also could thrive for the Titans, but he needs to be more consistent.

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Colin Kaepernick a bust alert in Week 3
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:20 pm ET) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might be in line for a bad game in Week 3 at Arizona, and he's a bust candidate this week.

The 49ers would love to forget the first game in Levi's Stadium, especially Kaepernick. He passed for 248 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 66 yards, but he also had three interceptions and lost a fumble in a loss against the Bears.

He could always rebound this week against the Cardinals, and he has at least 250 passing yards and two touchdowns in each of his three career meetings with Arizona. But the Cardinals have done a nice job with their pass defense to open the season in containing Philip Rivers and Eli Manning, and the 49ers could be without Vernon Davis (ankle).

That would leave Kaepernick vulnerable, and another poor outing is possible on the road. He is not a Top 12 quarterback heading into this week.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em


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Allen was not listed on the injury report Wednesday, so the issue cropped up recently. It's unclear how serious the issue is at the moment.


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Lacy suffered a concussion and Mathews was carted off with a knee injury. Ball has been OK at best through two games. He had 23 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 16 yards in Week 1 against the Colts and 12 carries for 60 yards and three catches for 29 yards in Week 2 against the Chiefs.

We know Seattle is a tough place to play and only two running backs in the past nine games there have reached double digits in Fantasy points -- Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew and Tampa Bay's Mike James.

If the Broncos are going to win this game it will be with Peyton Manning, not Ball. We would sit Ball if possible in this matchup.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


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McCluster popped up on the injury report Wednesday with a foot injury. The fact that he was upgraded to full practice bodes well for his status Week 3. 


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(4:11 pm ET) Titans quarterback Jake Locker is not a recommended starting option heading into Week 3 at Cincinnati.

Locker was the talk of Fantasy leagues in Week 2 coming off a strong Week 1 performance at Kansas City and facing a suspect Dallas defense. Locker failed to deliver with 234 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Cowboys.

We hope he can rebound this week against the Bengals, but it won't be easy. Cincinnati just crushed Matt Ryan in Week 2 with 231 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, and the Bengals have now allowed just four passing touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions in their past four regular-season games. Locker might have the chance to earn Fantasy owners' trust down the road, but he's an easy quarterback to sit this week.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Can't trust Fred Jackson in Week 3
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(4:10 pm ET) I'm a little concerned about Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller this week given the matchup with the Chargers, who have been great in stopping the ground game through two weeks. 

Andre Ellington (13 carries for 53 yards) and Marshawn Lynch (six carries for 36 yards) were held in check, but San Diego has allowed three receiving touchdowns to running backs as Stepfan Taylor, Lynch and Robert Turbin have scored.

Jackson has played second fiddle to Spiller so far this season with just 19 carries for 85 yards and five catches for 40 yards in two games (Spiller has 27 carries for 122 yards and four catches for 20 yards and a touchdown). We'll see how the touches are divided this week, but Spiller has more upside than Jackson.

And in a tough matchup, even at home, we'd only use Jackson as a flex option in deeper formats.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


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(4:09 pm ET) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might be a quarterback to avoid in Week 3 at Carolina.

Roethlisberger is off to another slow start for the second year in a row with 24 Fantasy points combined in his first two games against Cleveland and Baltimore. Last year, Big Ben had 25 points in his first two outings against Tennessee and Cincinnati before getting 20 points against Chicago at home.

A similar situation could unfold this week against the Panthers, but Carolina was able to contain Matthew Stafford in Week 2 and should have similar success against Roethlisberger. The Panthers have a 10-game streak of not allowing a quarterback to score multiple touchdowns, which extends back to Week 14 in 2012, including matchups with Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Stafford and Russell Wilson.

Roethlisberger will face a heavy pass rush in this game, and he is not a recommended starting option in most formats. 

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Frank Gore a Week 3 disappointment?
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:08 pm ET) Frank Gore has started off this season running well with 29 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown through two games against Dallas and Chicago.

He lost a touchdown to rookie Carlos Hyde in Week 1, but he doesn't look like he's slowing down yet.

This week, however, Gore is facing a tough task against the Cardinals. Arizona allowed Ryan Mathews to score in Week 1 and Rashad Jennings had 109 total yards in Week 2. But Gore was held to 13 carries for 14 yards at Arizona last year, and we expect him to struggle again this week.

It's hard to bench Gore in the majority of leagues, but don't be surprised if he's held to single digits in Fantasy points in this matchup.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Chris Johnson not a good Week 3 option
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:07 pm ET) It should be a good matchup for Chris Johnson against the Bears, who have allowed a running back to score in each of the first two games with C.J. Spiller in Week 1 and Frank Gore in Week 2.

But Chicago hasn't exactly folded against the run like in 2013 (so far), and Johnson continues to share work with Chris Ivory, who has a better chance to score at the goal line.

In Week 2 at Green Bay, Johnson had 12 carries for 21 yards and one catch for no yards, while Ivory had 13 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 3 yards.

The Jets are also working in Bilal Powell on passing situations, and Johnson should have another down game. Ivory is the better Jets running back to trust when everyone is healthy.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Tony Romo a questionable starter in Week 3
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(4:05 pm ET) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo might be a quarterback to avoid in Week 3 at St. Louis.

At some point Romo is going to have a big game, and it could happen this week against the Rams, who he thrived against last season with 210 passing yards and three touchdowns. But the Cowboys showed in Week 2 at Tennessee they can win behind DeMarco Murray, and Romo was limited to 176 passing yards and one touchdown.

We're not punting on Romo yet for the season, but his slow start (just 24 Fantasy points combined in two games) is frustrating and easy to bench him if you have a better alternative. 

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


 
 
 
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