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7 Undervalued Players (2019 Fantasy Football)

Mar 7, 2019

You won’t find 10 running backs who are locked into more touches than Leonard Fournette

We recently examined players that enter the new fantasy season overvalued based on early ADP and ECR. As a follow-up, we’ve asked our writers for players that they feel are currently undervalued. These are names that dynasty owners can target via trade or in their upcoming startup drafts, and redraft owners can take note to follow these players to see if they remain undervalued through the offseason.

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Which player do you think is most undervalued by the Expert Consensus?

Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC)
“You don’t find 20-plus touch running backs in the third round, period. And it’s not like we’re talking about Shonn Greene here. When healthy and on the field, Fournette delivers as an RB1 more often than he doesn’t, and that’s while playing behind a shoddy offensive line with horrid quarterback play. Did you know the Jaguars were down four starting offensive linemen by the end of the 2018 season? Not only will they be healthy, but there will be a new quarterback under center, giving him potential for a higher ceiling. While it’s hard to say he can finish as a top-three running back due to the state of the offense, you won’t find 10 running backs who are locked into more touches, and touches equal fantasy points.”
– Mike Tagliere (@MikeTagliereNFL)

Le’Veon Bell (RB – FA)
“Bell is currently ranked as the last player taken in the first round (12th overall, RB8), but even that is too low for such an elite talent. Bell held out last year and didn’t play a snap for Pittsburgh, so he should be well-rested for the 2019 season on his new team. He’s averaged 129 scrimmage yards per game in his career and totaled 42 TDs in 62 career games. Bell is a three-down workhorse who should immediately push for 300+ touches wherever he signs. He’s only 27 years old with at least two years of his prime remaining. Grabbing him as the 12th overall pick would be a steal.”
– Zak Hanshew (@ZaktheMonster)

Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
“I understand the concerns about Cook’s durability, but we’ve seen him used as a workhorse before and he was sensational. Toward the end of the season, his workload bumped back up to near 20 touches per game and that was with Murray still on the team. Now that Cook has the backfield all to himself, you can expect a return to the three-down role. Keep in mind, he was among the most efficient runners in football last year, so multiplying his touches could make him a top-five running back.”
– Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)

Damien Williams (RB – KC)
“To be fair, this is kind of cheating. He’s currently the RB22, but everyone knows that won’t hold if the Chiefs don’t bring in any serious competition. I believe Damien Williams will enter 2019 as the clear lead back. If I am correct, he’s an RB1. While I am certain that a lead back Williams will trend much higher than the RB22, I am nearly as confident that wherever he ends up, it won’t be high enough. I have a very difficult time envisioning any Chiefs back in line for 250 touches not finishing top 8-10 at the position. Williams was actually more efficient than Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs offense didn’t miss a beat. The reality is that unless we’re talking truly transcendent talents, as long as a running back is above replacement level, situation and opportunity are vastly more important than ability. Hunt is probably a better player than Williams, but Hunt isn’t some sort of elite running back. He’s good. Williams is above average. The difference between good and above average is negligible, especially when talking about one of the league’s best offenses.”
– Jason Katz (@jasonkatz13)

DaeSean Hamilton (WR – DEN)
“Hamilton looks to be the player most undervalued by his current ECR. Currently ranked as the 59th overall receiver, Hamilton is insulated from any offseason additions. He will likely see a ton of volume in the slot, as Joe Flacco likes to play from the inside and out. Hamilton came on like gangbusters in the fantasy playoffs, finishing as the WR17 in both average and total fantasy points. His 23 percent target share during that time period signals what we should expect from him this season. One of the best route runners in the 2018 draft class, Hamilton can win anywhere on the field, and is a WR3 with WR2 upside.”
– Raju Byfield (@FantasyContext)

Trey Quinn (WR – WAS)
“Quinn is the sleeper among sleepers right now as he is currently being ranked number 120 among wide receivers. Washington will address the quarterback position either by getting a free agent like Tyrod Taylor, Teddy Bridgewater or Ryan Tannehill, or drafting someone. Quinn had a short debut in the NFL as a rookie but was able to average 4.5 receptions in the two games he played with Colt McCoy. He also managed to find the end zone. The 4.5 reception average was the best among Washington receivers despite the small sample size. Mr. Irrelavent of the 2018 NFL Draft had more receptions, yards, and touchdowns in his final year at SMU than compadre Courtland Sutton. With Jamison Crowder most likely leaving the team in free agency, getting a healthy Derrius Guice, as well upgrading the quarterback position (even if it is slight) look for Quinn’s stock to rise tremendously. He’s that tenacious slot receiver that has a much better chance of getting peppered with targets than first-round busts Josh Doctson and Michael Floyd. There’s no doubt the Redskins will have to draft another wideout, but Quinn’s role will be solidified and his usage will crush his current ECR.”
– Marc Mathyk (@Masterjune70)

Dante Pettis (WR – SF)
“At first glance, both Pettis’ final 2018 PPR finish (WR70) and stat line (27/467/5) not only justifies his PPR 84th ranking (WR37) but could make him overrated. Yet, a closer examination of Pettis’ back nine of the season show a second-year player on the precipice of a breakout. The University of Washington alum struggled through the first nine weeks of his NFL career (3/96/1) due to knee issues which also resulted in a three-game absence. However, over his last six contests, Pettis commanded a healthy 18% target share and established himself as the team’s most useful fantasy wide receiver. During Weeks 12-15, the former Huskie averaged 18.6 PPR points per game during the most crucial stretch for fake footballers. Yes, the 49ers seem to be one of the rumored destinations for Antonio Brown, but as of this writing there has been no communication between GM John Lynch and Pittsburgh. The assumption Brown, or a player like Odell Beckham Jr., will be acquired to become the unquestioned alpha dog of this receiving corps has depressed the 2018 second rounder’s value. Why does the Bay Area seem like such a logical landing spot for the troubled Steelers’ receiver? Because, outside of Pettis, the 49ers’ wide receiver room is lacking in top-end talent. Aging veteran Pierre Garcon (24/286/1) is more likely to retire than play another game in San Francisco. The organization believes speedster Marquise Goodwin (23/395/4) is more suited for a specialized role than an every-down player. Kendrick Bourne (42/487/4), Trent Taylor (26/215/1), and Richie James (9/130/1) are nothing more than backbenchers in both fantasy and real life football. The 49ers seem intent on drafting a big-bodied wide receiver who can take the top off of opposing defenses and be the perfect complement to Pettis. Look for the wideout to thrive in his sophomore season with Jimmy Garoppolo back at the helm. He should enter the fantasy WR2 landscape (with weekly WR1 upside) at the price of a low-end WR3.”
– Josh Brickner (@joshbrickner)

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