MFL10: Late Round Targets

by Mike Tagliere | @MikeTagliereNFL | Featured Writer
Apr 21, 2017

While everyone has their thoughts on who the Eagles will draft, Ryan Mathews still has a hold on the starting running back position for the Eagles, who should have a much more potent offense in 2017.

When strolling through an MFL10, it’s easy to drown out some names later in your draft. I’m talking about the names below those of the rookies. Why does that happen? Well, MFL includes dynasty rookie drafts in ADP, so it skews results. Don’t think for one second that anyone takes rookies who don’t even have a team yet, over guys who already have prominent roles in the NFL.

If you’ve played in MFL10s this year, you already know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t scrolled past the rookies and shuffled through the endless player base, you may be missing some of the late round targets. No worries though, that’s what we’re here for. Here in this article we’ll be looking for some late round targets being taken outside of the top 10 rounds in drafts.

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Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor (BUF)
At this point, we can just put Taylor’s name on repeat in our MFL10 late round sleeper disc. It’s somewhat of a miracle that he’s still being overlooked as a top-tier option at the position despite his No. 8 finish last year, and his No. 6 finish in points per game in 2015. I sound like a broken record at this point, but he had that finish last year while missing Sammy Watkins and throwing to Justin Hunter, Marquise Goodwin, and Robert Woods. The Bills defense has taken a few hits, which should lead to more pass attempts, and they are also rumored to be taking a wide receiver early in the draft. He’s currently the 16th quarterback off the board.

Philip Rivers (LAC)
I get it, I completely do. Rivers is aging and there are other quarterbacks who look to have a higher ceiling. Melvin Gordon was on a crazy pace before suffering a season-ending leg injury. There are rumors that the Chargers want to add another running back. All of that is true, but don’t forget that Rivers’ receiving corps will consist of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates, Dontrelle Inman, and Travis Benjamin, which is about as deep as it gets. Most also seem to forget that Gordon scored just two touchdowns from Week 8 through Week 14, far off his pace from 10 touchdowns in the first seven games. Rivers hasn’t finished worse than the No. 14 quarterback in nine of his 11 seasons as a starter, yet he’s being drafted as the No. 15 quarterback right now, with the best set of pass catchers he’s ever had.

Running Backs

Jerick McKinnon (MIN)
It seems that everyone has abandoned the McKinnon-hype train that was in full effect last year, as he was being taken as Adrian Peterson’s successor, but we all know how the 2016 season went. But it does seem that some may have bailed too early, as McKinnon was getting better as the year went on.

Car/gm RuYds/gm YPC Rec/gm ReYds/gm Total TD’s PPR Pts/gm
Weeks 1-12 10.6 31.6 2.98 1.5 8.8 0.1 6.3
Weeks 13-17 10.6 44.6 4.21 5.6 33.4 0.6 17.0

 

The addition of Latavius Murray may be a blessing in disguise, as it likely means they won’t add a running back in the draft. If McKinnon can’t pass Murray, this may be the end, though I don’t think that’s the case at all.

Ryan Mathews (PHI)
This is one that surprised me a little bit during the first MFL10 that I did this off-season. We got down into the 18th round, where I scrolled down the running backs a bit and saw Mathews’ name. Believe me, I understand that the Eagles may draft a running back, but there are so many holes on the defensive side of the ball, that it’s hard to see them take someone like Dalvin Cook at No. 14. If the Eagles put off drafting a running back into the mid-to-late rounds, Mathews still has a starting job in an offense that just added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to their wide receiving corps. Despite playing hurt last year, Mathews totaled 18.6 or more PPR points in three different games. Not bad from a guy that’s basically free right now.

Wide Receivers

Devin Funchess (CAR)
Another player that I didn’t expect to see so far down the list, Funchess was a popular breakout candidate in 2016, but many seem to have fallen off. It’s a mistake considering he’s now inserted into the starting lineup with both Ted Ginn and Corey Brown leaving via free agency. While in a part-time role over his first two seasons, he’s totaled nine touchdowns on just 121 targets, which amounts to one every 13.4 targets, which is the same number that the Saints Michael Thomas posted in 2016. Funchess might just be the most talented receiver on the roster, and now that he’s in the starting lineup, he’ll have his opportunity to show it. You won’t find a receiver with more touchdown upside than him in the 16th round.

Paul Richardson (SEA)
When looking at the bottom-of-the-barrel wide receivers to be had at the end of the draft, Richardson is someone who can give you a massive return if the Seahawks stick to their word and use him more often. It would make sense, as Jermaine Kearse was among the worst wide receivers in football last season, and Tyler Lockett will be returning from a nasty leg injury. Over the final four games of the Seahawks season (playoffs included), Richardson totaled 21 targets that turned into 15 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He was, after-all, a second-round pick by this Seahawks regime. Getting him as one of your final picks is a no-brainer.

Tight End

Jack Doyle (IND)
I think I’ve done my part on raising Doyle’s ADP to where it is now, which is the 14th tight end off the board, because he was around No. 20 just a few weeks ago. With Dwayne Allen exiting via trade, the Colts have placed their belief in the 2016-breakout Doyle. Despite seeing four or less targets in nine games, Doyle managed to finish as the No. 13 tight end on the season. Considering Andrew Luck targets the tight end position 135 times per year on average, there is plenty of opportunity for Doyle to take a leap into the top-six at the position.

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