Deep League All Undrafted Team (2019 Fantasy Football)
We will take a look at the top deep-league targets. To qualify for the All-Undrafted Team you must have an ADP of 250+. We will be using ADP for half-PPR leagues. I tried to use players with an actual ADP attached to them, but did not ignore superior options that are currently not being drafted enough to qualify for the ADP data.
Here were the candidates for the All-Undrafted team that had ADP data. D.J. Chark (252), Trey Quinn (257), Chris Conley (263), Marqise Lee (274), Andy Dalton (261), Benny Snell (296), Keelan Cole (303), Kelvin Harmon (309), Josh Oliver (312), and Deon Cain (314). Myles Gaskin and Bruce Anderson were 305 and 306 on July 4, respectively, but now have no listed ADP as of July 6.
QB – Andy Dalton (CIN)
Andy Dalton had three QB1 finishes in the eight 2018 games he played with A.J. Green. He finished in the top 15 five times. Dalton looks primed for a major bounceback this season with a healthy Green and the return of Tyler Eifert. Joe Mixon is one of the best running backs in the league and will help ensure defenses stay honest. Dalton can finally count on help outside of Green at the receiver position, in 2018 breakout receiver Tyler Boyd.
While he likely won’t finish as one, he should once again push for QB1 status. Dalton is a strong wait-on-a-QB, late-round streaming target.
RB – Benny Snell Jr. (PIT)
James Conner and Mike Tomlin have both conceded that Benny Snell has shown enough to warrant inclusion in the weekly gameplan. He was a force at Kentucky and appears to offer an upgrade on Conner on early downs. Snell is likely going to be a career committee member as a Steeler, as both Conner and Jaylen Samuels have better hands.
However, he has enough two-down juice to carve out a Leonard Fournette-type of career. Conner had an unbelievable stretch last year, but his sub-four-yard per carry average against playoff teams left much to be desired. Snell is a great pass protector and will see some snaps on third down as the Steelers look to avoid tipping their hand.
RB – Bruce Anderson (TB)
Undrafted in many league formats, Bruce Anderson is shaping up as a steal at the tail end of drats. Anderson has very little ahead of him on the Buccaneers’ depth chart and has impressed beat writers with his natural hands. He did not catch a lot of passes at NDSU, but seems to have shown enough that he will get a crack at the third-down role. On early downs, he may also be the team’s best option.
Ronald Jones, despite how poorly his rookie season went, has talent. Peyton Barber, on the other hand, is at best a third-string running back on a good team. As good as Jones looked at times in college, he just does not seem to fit the mold of what Bruce Arians looks for in his bell cow. Whoever earns the starting job in this backfield is likely to get a featured amount of touches. Despite his UDFA status, that person may very well be Bruce Anderson.
WR – Marqise Lee (JAC)
Marqise Lee will step right back into the possession receiver role for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has an upgrade at quarterback, but Foles will look to push the ball downfield more than the ineffective Blake Bortles did. Lee should still lead the team in both targets and receptions, but is somehow being drafted after Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, Keelan Cole, and Chris Conley. Only one of those three deep threats will emerge beside Marqise Lee.
The other scenario is that they all cannibalize each other’s fantasy values by virtue of playing the same role and rotating snaps. Lee has the highest floor of all the Jaguars’ receivers and is a terrific late-round or free-agent target.
WR – Kelvin Harmon (WAS)
With a distinct lack of top-end talent on Washington’s roster, Kelvin Harmon may open the season as the team’s number one receiver. He has the most talent, and with Josh Doctson likely to be off of the extended scholarship coach Jay Gruden afforded him, he should be given every opportunity to establish himself as the team’s only potential number one option. Doctson has shown some flashes, but is too inconsistent to trust.
Terry McLaurin has a pre-existing rapport with Dwayne Haskins, but will be used as more of a deep threat than someone who sees number one receiver volume. Trey Quinn could make some noise out of the slot, but the number one in Gruden’s offense is the X receiver. Harmon may start off slow as he adjusts to the talent of NFL corners, but has the talent to put up multiple top-20 fantasy stretches as a rookie.
WR – Trey Quinn (WAS)
Trey Quinn is a wildcard. There are scenarios where he leads Washington in receptions and becomes their most consistent weekly weapon from a fantasy perspective. However, there are others where he is buried behind Kelvin Harmon, Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Terry McLaurin, and receiving back Chris Thompson.
He is a great deep-league and best-ball target who could pay dividends early in the season. His talent dictates that he will eventually be passed over for a starting role in three-wide sets, but that may not happen until 2020. Quinn is well worth the gamble at his ADP of 257.
TE – Josh Oliver (JAC)
With little to no competition in Jacksonville, Josh Oliver is in a position to open the season as the starting tight end. He is a great end of draft sleeper for those in deeper formats. Oliver is a preferred target for those looking for low-cost depth, or for an upside bye-week filler who can also serve as an injury replacement. Oliver has some smoothness to his game and was one of the biggest risers after the NFL Combine.
NFL ready, he is a natural receiver that may be the only rookie tight end with a full-time role to open the season. T.J. Hockenson will undoubtedly cede some snaps to Jesse James and Issac Nauta in Detroit. Noah Fant will see some of his snaps siphoned by Jeff Heuerman. His ADP of 312 promises that he is a low-risk gamble that can become a very valuable piece during the byes and down the stretch.
Flex – Myles Gaskin (MIA)
An impressive runner with an every-down skill set, Gaskin looks like a great fit in Miami. Kenyan Drake expects to have the third-down role, but Gaskin is a fluid receiver in his own right. Gaskin has good burst, patience, and some power despite being listed at 5’9″ and 205 pounds.
He piled up 742 yards after contact in his final college season and may end up the lead back in Miami. Drake failed in his attempts to unseat the aging Frank Gore and is unlikely to beat both Gaskin and Kalen Ballage for the early-down role. Gaskin follows his blockers well and should have a good success rate (low percentage of negative runs). He may not profile as a long-term starter or as a workhorse, but there is a very good chance he ends up leading this backfield in touches.
Flex – Preston Williams (MIA)
One of the most talented receivers in this year’s rookie class, Preston Williams joined the perfect team. While there are receivers on the roster who have flashed at times, only Williams and apparent first-round bust DeVante Parker have true top-two wideout talent. With Ryan Fitzpatrick now in town, there are going to be plenty of fantasy points to be had via the air. New coach Brian Flores has no ties to Parker, meaning this will be an open competition. Think of Williams as a less athletic A.J. Green who could return top-20 value despite his 338 ADP.
Flex – Jakobi Meyers (NE)
Jakobi Meyers looks all but certain to become the Patriots’ next great UDFA find. Meyers is a prolific receiver that can win both inside and out. With Demaryius Thomas likely to begin the season on the PUP list, Meyers will open the season as the team’s third-best talent at wideout.
Meyers has good separation skills and is also adept at winning contested ball situations. In fact, he had the same amount of contested catches as J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and one more than N’Keal Harry in 2018. Maurice Harris is likely to figure into the snap mix, but is at his most effective in the slot, giving Meyers an easy path to a starting role in three-wide sets. Jakobi Meyers is a name to remember.