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All-Undrafted Team (Fantasy Football)

Aug 8, 2018

John Ross should be drafted in all leagues

Each and every season, there are a handful of undrafted players who surge forward and prove to be tremendous assets to fantasy teams. Last year, it was Alvin Kamara, Deshaun Watson and Evan Engram while 2016 gave us Dak Prescott and Michael Thomas among a handful of others. While it isn’t always easy to target which high-upside assets will be the beneficiary of an injury, there are quite a few options who are in line for enough touches to certainly warrant a draft pick. Today, I’ll give you a full fantasy football starting lineup of players being undrafted in 10-team leagues.

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Andy Dalton (CIN): ADP 225, QB28

You may be tempted to let your eyes gloss over here because Dalton is, in fact, just that boring. I get it, and I am by no means recommending drafting him as your every week starter. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t draft him, though. Rather, Dalton draws perhaps the easiest matchup in Week 1 versus the barren Colts’ secondary. He is a one-start streamer then you turn your attention to Week 2. In fact, I’ve already got my Week 1 rankings built and have Dalton within the top 12 at the position.

Honorable Mention: Jameis Winston (TB), Blake Bortles (JAC), Sam Bradford (ARI)

Running Backs

Jordan Wilkins (IND): ADP 206, RB58

If you are looking for a potential starting running back in the last round of drafts, look no further than the Colts’ rookie. Indianapolis has said that the starting job is up in the air and that Wilkins is very much in the middle of the competition. While it wouldn’t be a full work-horse role because of Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack‘s presence in the passing game, Wilkins appears most likely to end up with the majority of early-down and goal-line touches. In an offense led by a healthy Andrew Luck, that may translate to every week RB2 numbers.

Chris Ivory (BUF): ADP 240, RB64

Speaking of potential starting running backs late in drafts, Ivory has a real chance to get a ton of touches depending on what happens with LeSean McCoy‘s potential suspension. Now, the precedent seems to be that this will be investigated for quite some time and perhaps even pushed off into next season, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to buy a lottery ticket that could eventually be cashed in as a 15 touch per game back with virtually no competition for work.

Honorable Mention: Doug Martin (OAK), Matt Breida (SF), Peyton Barber (TB), John Kelly (LAR), James Conner (PIT), Justin Jackson (LAC)

Wide Receivers

Mike Williams (LAC): ADP 164, WR55

You may have been a devastated owner last season, but that doesn’t mean we should hold a grudge. If you play that game, chances are, you missed out on Todd Gurley and/or DeAndre Hopkins last season. Williams was dealing with an injury all season and missed training camp. The health is in order now and he has used the off-season to get more familiar with the offense. This freak of nature figures to move into the starting lineup and pick up a load of targets with Hunter Henry down for the season.

Chris Godwin (TB): ADP 238, WR84

Among every player listed in this article, Godwin is the one player you should be sure to go up and get during your draft. The Bucs finished third in pass attempts last season and fourth in passing yards. Winston is suspended for the same number of games he missed last season so there shouldn’t be much of a change at all. The difference, of course, is that Godwin has surged from the Bucs’ sixth option in the passing game all the way up to number two. Tampa has made it clear that the ultra-efficient receiver will be on the field for most two-WR sets this coming year.

John Ross (CIN): ADP 231, WR75

This ADP likely won’t even last until tomorrow considering how quickly it has risen in the last few days. When the Bengals released Brandon LaFell, it became evident that Ross was the new front-runner to line up opposite of A.J. Green in two-wide receiver sets. You may think he is merely a deep threat, but Ross’ tools are not limited to speed, hence why he was drafted in the top half of the first round last season. Ross is not only a high-upside sleeper, but one with a considerably high floor for where he is being selected.

Honorable Mention: Keelan Cole (GB), Ryan Grant (IND), Cameron Meredith (NO), Josh Doctson (WAS), Geronimo Allison (GB), Kevin White (CHI), Tavon Austin (DAL)

Tight End

O.J. Howard (TB): ADP 153, TE15

Once you get past the top nine or ten tight ends, there is such a substantial drop-off that you could make a case for any of the next seven or eight to round out the top 12 tight ends. Howard is among that tier and quite possibly has the highest upside of the group. Yes, Cameron Brate is still around, but over the final eight weeks of the season, Howard took over the majority of the snaps and was fourth among all tight ends in fantasy points per game. Howard was among the most efficient at the position last season and could break out even further if he is given 70 to 90 targets instead of the 39 Tampa threw his way last season.

Honorable Mention: Eric Ebron (IND), Charles Clay (BUF), Benjamin Watson (NO)

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