7 Late-Round Draft Targets (Fantasy Football)

Jun 28, 2018

If Geronimo Allison isn’t on your radar already, he should be

The late-round lottery pick is a staple for all fantasy players as we inevitably start thinking about who could be that golden ticket to take us all the way. Obviously picking the right one is harder than it seems, but every year, there are at least a few players who the experts peg as guys you should be taking a flier on. If you were lucky enough to draft Alvin Kamara, chances are you had a decent, if not great season. The same could be said for Deshaun Watson at the start of the year before he got hurt.

As we approach the upcoming season, it’s time to start building up your list of upside players and to help out with that, we’ve asked our featured experts below who they feel is worthy of your final picks in a draft that could return plenty of value.

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Q1. Name one under-the-radar RB that you plan to target in all drafts as a late-round lottery ticket and why?

Kenneth Dixon (RB – BAL)
“Dixon is a RB who was once hyped up to be the next workhorse back for the Ravens, but a stellar 2017 by Alex Collins has cleared him from everyone’s radar. While I think Collins is a fairly safe bet to put up similar numbers this season, there is a chance if he struggles we see Dixon steal more snaps and could runaway with the job. While that scenario is unlikely, he’s worth a lotto ticket because in the event Collins misses an extended period of time, Dixon has league-winning potential.”
– Sean Koerner (The Action Network)

Kenneth Dixon is a very interesting name to watch. As much as I like Alex Collins this year, I see the path where Dixon plays his way into the starting role and becoming a fantasy starter. Generally, RBs going that late in drafts need some kind of depth chart injury and then frequently don’t have the talent or the team’s support to rise to relevance. Dixon is coming off a season lost to injury, a substance abuse suspension, and a PED suspension. That speaks loudly to me about the team’s belief that Dixon could still be part of their future.”
– Mike Wright (The Fantasy Footballers)

Chris Carson (RB – SEA)
“In best ball leagues, I am all over Justin Jackson and John Kelly, but most standard redraft leagues don’t have deep enough benches to warrant selecting a clear-cut backup running back. If I’m going for a lottery back in those leagues, I want someone who may win the job in the preseason. A few players stand out to me from Doug Martin and Matt Breida to Jordan Wilkins and Elijah McGuire, but the top among them all for me is Chris Carson. Pete Carroll has shown in the past that he doesn’t care about draft capital or a sunken cost if it is preventing him from winning football games. That means even Rashaad Penny’s starting job may be at risk, and there have been glowing reports this offseason about Carson, who flashed some serious ability last year. I’m happy to add him just in case we find out Carson is the top back in a Russell Wilson offense.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

“There are admittedly not many options at RB beyond the 150 overall cutoff, but the main one I’d be looking at is Chris Carson. The Seahawks were terrible on the ground last year and need to figure that part of their offense out and there is no guarantee rookie rusher Rashaad Penny is the answer. That could instead be Carson, who flashed ability as a rookie last year. Pete Carroll has already raved about him this summer, too, so in an open competition, we need to consider him as a viable late-round flier.”
– Kevin Roberts (Breaking Football)

Doug Martin (RB – OAK)
“His ADP has been creeping up as of late and he’ll likely sneak into the top-150 by the time this is published, but I’m going with Doug Martin wherever I can. It’s not common to find a running back this late who has not one, but two 1,400-rushing-yard seasons under his belt. Most are automatically assuming that Marshawn Lynch has the job locked up, but reports out of Oakland are that Martin continues to impress. He’s 29 years old and playing behind a 32-year-old who has a long history of back issues and a violent play-style. Not only would Martin be a strong handcuff behind one of the best offensive lines in football, but he could turn out to be much more than that.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Q2. Name one under-the-radar WR that you plan to target in all drafts as a late-round lottery ticket and why?

Geronimo Allison (WR – GB)
“Allison isn’t being talked about enough. The general buzz in the fantasy world talking about the Packers revolves around Randall Cobb. This isn’t an anti-Randall Cobb take. However, Cobb’s body has betrayed him for multiple years since his breakout season and he’s already banged up again. Allison has flashed enough times that he is interesting as a lotto ticket. It doesn’t hurt that he plays for a QB that can easily throw for over forty touchdowns.”
– Mike Wright (The Fantasy Footballers)

“As things stand right now, Geronimo Allison will be on every single one of my fantasy teams. Why? Because as of now, he’s a starting wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers. Many have said that there’s no way Allison has the job, but nobody has told me who else will claim it. Yes, the Packers drafted three wide receivers in the 5th-7th rounds, but do you remember that they drafted two in the same exact area of the draft last year? In his two years with the Packers, Allison has played 15 games with Rodgers under center, and in those games, he’s totaled 45 targets, 26 receptions, 381 yards, and two touchdowns. This feels like Devin Funchess all over again, yet nobody has learned. Oh, and his quarterback is much better than Funchess’s.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL)
“Gallup sticks out to me as a great late round flier who wasn’t necessarily one of the top WRs in the draft, but ended up in arguably the best situation. With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten gone, the Cowboys depth chart is wide open. Gallup seems destined to be their #2 option in the passing game behind Allen Hurns, but if Gallup adapts to the NFL as quick as I think he can, he’s a serious threat to be the team’s leading receiver.”
– Sean Koerner (The Action Network)

Mike Williams (WR – LAC)
“I feel like Michael Gallup is a popular under-the-radar wide receiver in the fantasy football community, so I’ll shift my focus to someone else I’m really excited about, Mike Williams. Injuries bogged down his rookie season last year, but the Clemson product is finally 100% and has the size and ball skills to turn into a beast in L.A.’s system. Keenan Allen is rightfully the top Bolts wide receiver to draft, but with Hunter Henry going down, this offense promises to feature more 3-wide sets and that opens the door to serious upside for Williams.”
– Kevin Roberts (Breaking Football)

Ryan Grant (WR – IND)
“Like running back, there are a handful of late-round wide receivers with substantial upside. Geronimo Allison seems like the obvious choice to me while I also considered Jordan Matthews, Kevin White, Chris Godwin and Terrelle Pryor. The one I am choosing to bring to your attention, however, is Ryan Grant. No, not the old Packers running back, rather the quick wide receiver who happens to be starting in Andrew Luck’s offense. It has been long enough that you might need to be reminded that Luck posted 356 fantasy points in his last healthy season which is a full 50+ points above every QB not named Russell Wilson last year. A full bill of health isn’t certain for Luck, of course, but if he is indeed recovered, those fantasy points will have to go to whoever is on the field.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

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