Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

2013 Draft Prep: Buy-low candidates

Senior Fantasy Writer
  •  

My favorite part of every draft is when we get into the latter rounds. That's when the fun begins.

It's the time when you start seeking out your sleepers -- the guys who can make the biggest difference on your team. And that's what we're here to show you with some buy-low candidates looking at the Average Draft Position on CBSSports.com.

What we're doing here is looking at players being drafted in Round 10 or later in a 12-team league. If you're league is a different size, these are players being drafted with an ADP of No. 109 or later.

FREE Draft Kits!
Mike Tolbert
Get everything you need to dominate on Draft Day in one convenient place with our Downloadable Draft Kit, complete with projections, rankings and outlooks for 2013!
Download your Draft Kit now!

We'll target guys at quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end, and I'll give you my favorite selections at this point in the draft. If you drafted a solid team up to this point, these players could only enhance your roster and give you a better chance to succeed.

Editor's note: Average Draft Position data as of Aug. 25.

Quarterback

Guys I'd draft who are available: Michael Vick (pick No. 113), Jay Cutler (No. 115), Carson Palmer (No. 121), Matt Schaub (No. 125), Ben Roethlisberger (No. 130), Sam Bradford (No. 132), Josh Freeman (No. 135), Brandon Weeden (No. 177)


Here's why I like them: We continue to preach waiting on a quarterback. Part of the reason is if the guy you draft as a starter struggles or gets hurt, one of these No. 2 options could emerge as a legit starter.

I continue to buy into Vick for one reason: there's no risk involved. If I draft Vick in Round 10 or later as my No. 2 quarterback and he's bad or gets hurt then I can cut him without consequence. All these guys fall into that category.

The upside for passers like Cutler, Palmer, Bradford and Weeden is off the charts in their respective offenses, and Schaub, Roethlisberger and Freeman are consistent options even with limited upside. Roethlisberger actually was one of only 10 quarterbacks who averaged more than 20 Fantasy points a week in standard leagues last season.

In one of my leagues, I waited too long to draft a quarterback, and the two guys on my roster are Vick and Palmer. I don't love it, but I'm not too worried, either. Vick has looked awesome in the preseason in Chip Kelly's offense, and Palmer should do well playing for Bruce Arians.

I don't recommend waiting that late in your league, but don't panic either if you leave your draft with two quarterbacks outside the Top 12. You'll still be OK.

Running back

Guys I'd draft who are available: Fred Jackson (pick No, 117), Vick Ballard (No. 120), Bernard Pierce (No. 123), Danny Woodhead (No. 124), Pierre Thomas (No. 127), Bryce Brown (No. 129), Zac Stacy (No. 145), Jonathan Dwyer (No. 153), Shonn Greene (No. 160), Bilal Powell (No. 161), Daniel Thomas (No. 173), Knile Davis (No. 190), Joique Bell (No. 193), Roy Helu (No. 194), DuJuan Harris (No. 196), Knowshon Moreno (No. 205), Toby Gerhart (No. 210), Kendall Hunter (No. 211), Christine Michael (not yet listed)

Play Playoff Challenge!
Player Challenge
NEW Playoff Challenge Championship Edition offers one more way to play postseason Fantasy Football and compete for cash prizes. Join now before time runs out!
Join a new league!


Here's why I like them: It's pretty clear based on this list that once you begin looking at reserves it's a good idea to handcuff your starting running backs. That's my plan this year.

By the time we hit Round 10, my ideal roster would be one quarterback, four running backs, three receivers and a tight end. You should then target at least one more running back, and go in thinking handcuff.

If I draft Ray Rice, I want Pierce. The same goes with LeSean McCoy and Brown. Davis for Jamaal Charles, Bell for Reggie Bush, Helu for Alfred Morris, Michael for Marshawn Lynch, Gerhart for Adrian Peterson and Greene for Chris Johnson also makes plenty of sense. You just want to cover yourself in case of injury.

As stand-alone Fantasy options, Powell should get you excited since he's getting more opportunities than Chris Ivory in the preseason with Ivory banged up. Pierre Thomas could also be a nice sleeper in New Orleans. Dwyer could be the starter for the Steelers with Le'Veon Bell (foot) hurt. And Ballard, Daniel Thomas and Harris could get extended looks this season for their respective teams. Helu and Bell could also shine in PPR leagues, and Moreno could end up as the best running back for the Broncos.

Also, if you want to be smart, target another owner's handcuff if they fail to draft them. I go after Pierce in every league because not only would he be a star if Rice got hurt, he'll also get plenty of run to give Rice a rest.

Wide receiver

Guys I'd draft who are available: Chris Givens (pick No. 111), Michael Floyd (No. 114), Emmanuel Sanders (No. 126), DeAndre Hopkins (No. 128), Vincent Brown (No. 138), Justin Blackmon (No. 143), Kenbrell Thompkins (No. 146), Ryan Broyles (No. 147), Alshon Jeffery (No. 151), Rueben Randle (No. 158), Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 163), Aaron Dobson (No. 165), Brandon LaFell (No. 181), Kendall Wright (No. 183), Mohamed Sanu (No. 186)


Here's why I like them: When I see the names on this list it makes me realize why waiting on receivers makes so much sense. While none of these guys look like guaranteed starters, there are so many guys who could emerge as potential stars.

I go into every draft with the hope of loading up on running backs, taking two or three solid receivers and then targeting at least two guys from the group of Givens, Floyd, Hopkins, Brown, Blackmon, Thompkins, Broyles, Jeffery and Randle to be my reserves. To give you an idea, in our auction, my receiving corps is Wes Welker, Josh Gordon, Golden Tate, Givens, Hopkins and Floyd. In full disclosure, the only one I'm worried about is Welker based on value vs. performance. I got him for $8 out of $100 and the others for $4 or less.

Givens and Floyd could be standouts in their offense, Hopkins and Thompkins are two of the top rookies this season, Jeffery will benefit greatly with the addition of Marc Trestman calling plays in Chicago and Brown should be the No. 1 receiver for the Chargers. Blackmon is going to have a solid season once his four-game suspension is over, Broyles could be a PPR star for the Lions and Randle will surprise plenty of people as the third receiver for the Giants.

After that group, I would take late-round fliers on Sanders, Patterson, Dobson, LaFell, Wright and Sanu. Sanders, Dobson and Sanu have the most upside, but they should only be considered No. 5 receivers at best.

Tight end

Guys I'd draft who are available: Owen Daniels (pick No. 110), Martellus Bennett (No. 112), Jordan Cameron (No. 116), Brandon Myers (No. 131), Brandon Pettigrew (No. 137), Tyler Eifert (No. 148), Fred Davis (No. 157), Zach Sudfeld (No. 166), Coby Fleener (No. 178)


Here's why I like them: Like quarterback, tight end is a position you can wait on, especially since only 10 tight ends are being drafted on average before Round 10. If I miss on the tight end I want -- Jimmy Graham early and either Jermichael Finley or Jared Cook in Round 8 -- this is the group to choose from.

The guy with the most upside is clearly Cameron, who has done well this preseason and gets an upgrade in coaching with Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner, who have a great history coaching tight ends (see Antonio Gates, Kellen Winslow and Greg Olsen, for example). Cameron could easily be a Top 10 tight end this year.

Three young guys with plenty of potential include Eifert, Sudfeld and Fleener. All three could enter the Top 12 this season, and Sudfeld is the one I like best. People in New England are talking him up as the replacement for Aaron Hernandez, who had 175 catches, 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns the past three years. Tom Brady targeted Hernandez an average of almost seven times a game, and Sudfeld would benefit greatly if Rob Gronkowski (back) is out for an extended period of time.

Daniels, Bennett, Myers, Pettigrew and Davis are all capable starters, especially Bennett, but none have the upside appeal of those younger options, especially Cameron.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyFB . You can also follow Jamey at @JameyEisenberg .

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Raiders sign Horace Miller, Milton Williams
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) The Raiders have signed linebacker Horace Miller and wide receiver Milton Williams, the team announced on Wednesday.

Miller was waived by the Panthers earlier this offseason after spending one week on the active roster but seeing no playing time. Williams originally signed with the Raiders earlier this month before being waived a few days later.


Titans project DE DaQuan Jones as starter
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:23 pm ET) Titans defensive end DaQuan Jones started the final game of his rookie season against the Colts and is on track to open the 2015 season in the same role, The Tennessean reports.

"He's a starter at end, it's what we project," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "In the last game against Indianapolis, Jones played really well."

A fourth-round pick out of Penn State, Jones finished his rookie season with 13 tackles and one sack, with the sack and more than half of his tackles coming in his lone start at the end of the year.


Browns waive Nick McDonald
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) The Browns waived offensive lineman Nick McDonald with an injury designation (knee), the team announced on Wednesday.

McDonald made seven starts at center last season after spending the first six weeks of the season on the reserve/non-football injury list with a wrist issue.


Titans DT Sammie Lee Hill diagnosed with knee sprain
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:08 pm ET) Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill was diagnosed with a knee sprain, reports The Tennessean.

Hill the sustained the injury Tuesday, but he won't require surgery.


Texans LB Brian Cushing on his health: Best I've felt in a while
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:53 pm ET) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing participated in Wednesday's OTA and he said he hasn't been this healthy in a long time, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"I'm the best physically I've been in a while," he said.

During the offseason, Cushing had surgery on his broken right wrist as well as arthroscopic procedures on his left knee and left ankle. He was able to play in 14 games in 2014 after only appearing in 13 games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.


Broncos DE Shane Ray (toe) to miss OTAs this week
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:37 pm ET) A toe injury will prevent Broncos defensive end Shane Ray from participating in OTAs this week, reports 9News.com.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Ray will start participating in individual drills next week. The injury also prevented Ray from taking part in the team's rookie minicamp earlier in May. 


Report: Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman undergoes knee surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:30 pm ET) Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, reports 9News.com.

He is expected to miss the entire 2015 season. Heuerman was drafted in the third round during the 2015 draft.


Cowboys RB Joseph Randle confident he can replace DeMarco Murray
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:19 pm ET) With last season's leading rusher no longer on the team, Cowboys running back Joseph Randle said he can replace the 1,845 rushing yards DeMarco Murray produced last season, reports The Dallas Morning News.

"He had a good year last year, and I got to sit back and watch a lot," Randle said, "and I felt like there was a lot of meat left on the bone."

Randle did get first-team reps during Wednesday's OTA session and he said he's ready to handle a heavy workload this season.

"I'm going to try to go out there and grind as hard as I can and see which role I end up in," Randle said. "If they ask me to do that, I'm ready for it. And if they believe in me, I believe in myself, that’s for sure."

Randle has been arrested twice in the last year, but he said he's learned from his mistakes.

"Everything you go through in life you learn from it and I learned from it and I've moved past it. I've grown up," Randle said. "I've made some young and silly mistakes, but I'm moving forward."


Jets' Brandon Marshall on ability: 'I'm better now than I've ever been'
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3:57 pm ET) Despite being a five-time Pro Bowl selection, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said Wednesday he can still be a better player than in his previous nine seasons, reports ESPN.com.

"I really feel like I'm better now than I've ever been," Marshall said.

Marshall added that his improved health and more knowledge of the game has him prepared for a productive 2015 season.

"There's the physical part, feeling healthy, and our medical staff here is probably the best in the league," Marshall said. "I feel great, and now I'm starting to see the game differently, being older and having a lot of experience. So having all of that working for me, and going against those guys every single day, I'm excited about doing my job this year."


Bills DT Marcell Dareus in wait and see mode over contract talks
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3:49 pm ET) Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said he is eager to work out a contract extension with the Bills, but he knows he must perform on the field regardless of his contract status, reports the team's official website.

"We'll wait and see what the Bills do," Dareus said. "It weighs on me heavily. Heavily. I've got to go out there and really perform and do what I have to do, which I always do—really have fun with it. Whatever the outcome is, is the outcome. However they want to play it is how they play it. I'm excited. I'm excited for the upcoming year."

Dareus will be suspended for the season opener as a result of an off-field incident last year and he said he's ready to move on.

"I'm happy we can finally move forward. It's been hanging over my head for a while," he said. "Just happy we can move forward and I can prepare myself for the season and just happy to be with my friends, my guys, my real family. Just really feeling a lot better right now."


 
 
 
Rankings