15 Undervalued Dynasty Players (Fantasy Football)

May 24, 2018

Doug Baldwin’s consistency and nose for the end zone shouldn’t be overlooked

With the news circling that Hunter Henry has torn his ACL at the Chargers OTAs on Tuesday, he has become the first in what will (unfortunately) likely be several fantasy relevant players facing season-ending injuries before ever getting to play a down in the upcoming season. We’re sadly used to seeing the same string of offseason or preseason injuries each year, and it’s undoubtedly the bane of all dynasty owners’ existence.

Whether you’ve already drafted and are a Henry owner or are getting ready for your dynasty draft, our featured experts are here to point out some undervalued players you should consider adding to your team.

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Q1. Which running back is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings?

Sony Michel (NE)
“While I usually pass on rookies in startup dynasty leagues, the running back position continues to go younger and younger. Because of that, it’s a crime to see Sony Michel down at No. 20 in the running back rankings. He’s a young, three-down back who will play from day one because of how well he can pass-block. He’s essentially stepping into the old Dion Lewis role in a top-three scoring offense. Running backs drafted in the first-round carry a ton of value, especially ones who are as well-rounded as Michel is. He’s currently my No. 13 running back in dynasty formats. ”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Aaron Jones (GB)
“Jones sitting outside the top 30 running backs might end up looking pretty foolish if he goes on to win the starting job in Green Bay.  Prior to his knee injury, Jones appeared to be on the verge of a rookie breakout, posting two 100-yard outings and giving the Packers a new dynamic in their rushing attack. Jones averaged nearly two yards more than teammate Jamaal Williams on a per carry basis and is the far superior athlete, despite being taken a round later in the 2017 NFL Draft. We can’t overlook the possibility that Mike McCarthy’s staff decides to trot out Williams as the lead back, or turns the backfield into a timeshare, but Jones is the only Packers runner with the potential to be a league-winning RB1 in fantasy.”
Justin Boone (theScore)

Alex Collins (BAL)
“He didn’t even receive double-digit carries until Week 5, but Alex Collins still finished as the RB15 in standard scoring leagues last season (RB19 in PPR) and is just 23 years old. Collins isn’t the best pass catcher out of the backfield but still managed to haul in 23 receptions and should be the focal point of the Baltimore offense. He’s an excellent value all the way down at RB35.”
– Jody Smith (FantasyPros)

Corey Clement (PHI)
“Clement appears to have carved out a decent role for himself with the Eagles. His role in Philadelphia’s Super Bowl win also shows the trust that the Eagles’ coaching staff appear to have in him. His current rank of 63rd among running backs puts him below Marshawn Lynch, who is near the end of his career, DeMarco Murray, who is unsigned as of this article, and Mike Davis, who is buried on Seattle’s depth chart. Clement’s role has the potential to grow in the coming seasons, and he is a very solid sleeper pick in dynasty leagues.”
– The FFGhost (Dynasty League Football)

Joe Mixon (CIN)
“He may have had character concerns going into last year’s draft, but there was never any denying this kid’s talent. With Jeremy Hill out of the picture, this explosive young talent is headed for a huge role and potentially years of a feature back role. He only flashed his elite ability as a rookie, but the upside is mouth-watering.”
– Kevin Roberts (Breaking Football)

Q2. Which wide receiver is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings?

Doug Baldwin (SEA)
“It’s often hard to find wide receivers who are undervalued in dynasty, but one who stood out to me was Doug Baldwin, who has now finished as a top-13 receiver in each of the last three seasons, while Jimmy Graham was a big part of the offense for all of them. He still scored 29 touchdowns in those seasons, which ranks second to only Antonio Brown among wide receivers. Sure, he’s getting older, but he’s a smaller receiver whose body doesn’t take the toll that some of the bigger wide receivers deal with. As the 22nd wide receiver off the board, you aren’t getting a more sure thing than Baldwin. ”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Kenny Stills (MIA)
“Stills is insanely undervalued in both dynasty and redraft right now. A big part of that is the never-ending love for DeVante Parker’s potential. But at some point we need to question whether the former first-rounder is ever going to deliver. With all eyes on Parker, Stills has flown under the radar following back-to-back seasons as a top-30 fantasy receiver. The 26-year-old has seen his numbers rise each season in Miami, and the departure of Jarvis Landry and his 161 targets should help Stills continue that trend. He’s a player you should be trying to acquire in every league heading into 2018.”
Justin Boone (theScore)

Devin Funchess (CAR)
“Funchess just turned 24 years old and has only gotten better each season in the NFL. Now entering his prime as Carolina’s undisputed No. 1 wideout, Funchess has a top-20 season already under his belt, yet is going after the overrated DeVante Parker in dynasty drafts and only one spot ahead of washed-up Dez Bryant. ”
– Jody Smith (FantasyPros)

Allen Hurns (DAL)
“With the departure of Dez Bryant, Allen Hurns could see a solid boost in his fantasy value. Yes, the Cowboys drafted Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson to help address that loss, but Hurns has shown he can post impressive numbers with solid quarterback play in the past. I really do love the upside potential here.”
– The FFGhost (Dynasty League Football)

Adam Thielen (MIN)
“I’m not sure what this guy needs to do to get everyone’s respect. He’s an explosive talent that can also rack up receptions, making him a viable threat in all formats. The season he had in 2017 with Case Keenum (91-1,276-4) was special, but just think of his upside with a QB upgrade in Kirk Cousins. ”
– Kevin Roberts (Breaking Football)

Q3. Which quarterback is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings?

Baker Mayfield (CLE) | Mitch Trubisky (CHI)
“I’d like to call this one a tie, as both Baker Mayfield and Mitch Trubisky are being undervalued big time. I have Mayfield ranked higher, but the pending coaching change will determine a lot, as most underestimate the effect that a coach can have on a quarterback’s career. The Browns and Bears both completely revamped their pass-catching corps, as you can argue that both teams have a top-five group when you combine the wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs. Trubisky’s group might be a tad better because they’re all under contract for a long time and he’s got one what’s supposed to be one of the best offensive minds in the game with Matt Nagy. ”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Matthew Stafford (DET)
“Stafford has finished as a fantasy QB1 in seven consecutive seasons, so it’s a little surprising to see someone with that kind of consistency ranked outside the top 12. Dynasty owners might be concerned Stafford is past his prime, entering his 10th NFL season, but the 30-year-old is younger than most quarterbacks with his tenure. With a strong receiving corps that features Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, and promising sophomore Kenny Golladay, Stafford should have several seasons as a quality fantasy starter still in front of him.”
Justin Boone (theScore)

Dak Prescott (DAL)
“Prescott is almost two full years younger than Jimmy Garoppolo and has started his career with two consecutive top-10 fantasy seasons, yet Prescott is currently being taken seven spots behind Jimmy G in dynasty drafts. ”
– Jody Smith (FantasyPros)

Andy Dalton (CIN)
“Look, am I saying Dalton will be the league MVP? No. However, this is a very solid fantasy quarterback who people love to hate on for a variety of reasons. He is ranked behind Eli Manning, who fantasy owners love to put down, and Ryan Tannehill, who is coming off a severe knee injury and lost his best receiving target. He’s also ranked behind Tyrod Taylor, who is not only in Cleveland, but also has a very tenuous hold on his starting position with the addition of Baker Mayfield. I think I’d take my chances on Dalton’s worst season in any given year over many of the best seasons of several quarterbacks ranked higher than him.”
– The FFGhost (Dynasty League Football)

Derek Carr (OAK)
“If you’re thinking about 2018 and the future, how is Carr the 14th best option? Carr has proven to be a true gamer when healthy, and he’s got a star-studded cast around him with Amari Cooper and Martavis Bryant leading the way. The arrival of Jon Gruden has been met with skepticism, but this is still a guy that helped Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson to career years.”
– Kevin Roberts (Breaking Football)

Bonus Pick:
Michael Gallup (WR – DAL)
“When is it too soon to consider a rookie, who has yet to play a snap in the NFL, undervalued in dynasty? Less than a month after the draft is probably a fair answer, sure, but I can’t help but get excited when I see that Michael Gallup is ranked as a low-end dynasty WR4. Now, some may consider this opinion a product of “rookie fever” or “recency bias,” and I get that, but how can one not value immediate opportunity on top of baked-in dynasty potential? Dez Bryant is gone, Jason Witten is gone, Terrance Williams was recently arrested, and Allen Hurns is a deep threat for Dak Prescott, the 27th ranked quarterback in deep throw percentage last season. To me, even before the Williams news, Gallup was already primed to be Prescott’s primary beneficiary. He’s quick off the snap and can work the middle of the field, an area that Dallas must exploit to maintain Ezekiel Elliott’s and Prescott’s run game effectiveness. Gallup should lead all Dallas receivers in yards this year and maintain a useful role on the offense for seasons to come. Put all of these pieces together, and it paints a relatively clear fantasy WR2 picture, not WR4.”
– Robert Waziak (Pyromaniac)


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