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10 Undervalued Players (Fantasy Football)

Aug 14, 2019

Poised to take over Mark Ingram’s old role, Latavius Murray offers plenty of potential at his RB36 price tag

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Once we get past the early rounds, it always seems like everyone is trying to make the next “sexy” pick. Some of us are so enthralled by the thrill that comes with snagging a hyped-up player, that we may reach for those guys and limit that athlete’s return on investment as a result. Sometimes the guys we overlook in the process have more upside than the players we’re fixated on.

Sammy Watkins, who was typically selected 75th overall as the WR32, was a popular target going into last August. It was common for drafters to reach on him, only to be disappointed once he finished the season as the WR38 in average fantasy points per game across half-PPR formats. Snagging Watkins means you may have missed out on Marlon Mack last year, who was taken 83rd overall as the RB33. Many were down on him and instead preferred to draft his teammate, Jordan Wilkins, late in their drafts. However, those who took a chance on Mack benefited greatly from his RB15 finish in total points and his strong RB11 finish in points per game. To help you find the next Marlon Mack, our featured pundits are here to give you the scoop on some undervalued players who may not be sexy, but have solid fantasy potential in 2019.

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Q1. Who is the most undervalued RB based on his current half-PPR ADP and why?

Latavius Murray (NO)
ADP: 91st Overall | RB36
“I could say Chris Carson, but I’ll go down the draft board a bit and say that Murray is being severely undervalued. Did you know both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara were RB1s in 2017? Or how about that they scored even more combined fantasy points per game in 2018? Murray was signed early in free agency, highlighting the need the Saints knew they had. RB2 numbers are well within reach.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Latavius Murray is assuming the Mark Ingram role with the Saints. Since 2014, Ingram has finished as the RB14, RB12, RB8, RB6, and RB32 (12 games). Murray screams value with his ADP residing at RB31. To boot, Murray has the fourth most rushing touchdowns (26) over the last three seasons. He’s getting attention in fantasy drafts, but not enough.”
– Zach Greubel (Gridiron Experts)

Chris Carson (SEA)
ADP: 49th Overall | RB23
“Carson has a current ADP of RB24 and could easily finish as a top-10 back. Last season the Seattle Seahawks transitioned to a run-first offense utilizing three running backs — Carson, Rashaad Penny, and Mike Davis. Carson emerged as the best back on the team and closed out Weeks 11 through 16 as the RB5 in fantasy. This year, Davis and his 146 touches are gone to Chicago, opening up even more opportunities for Carson to shine.”
– Justin George (Take Your League)

“I’ve been banging the drum for Chris Carson all offseason, so recent reports that he’ll have an enhanced role in the passing game are really just the icing on the cake. Seattle may have spent a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny, but Carson was the lead back throughout 2018 and finished as the 15th-most valuable running back in half-PPR leagues. Sure, Penny’s role may expand a bit, but there are plenty of additional touches available now that Mike Davis is in Chicago. Carson’s ADP has risen considerably over the last few months, but it hasn’t risen enough. The Seahawks project to again be one of the most run-heavy teams in the league, so their top back deserves to be drafted higher than RB21.”
– Andrew Seifter (FantasyPros)

Q2. Who is the most undervalued WR based on his current half-PPR ADP and why?

Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)
ADP: 112th Overall | WR46
“Sanders certainly qualifies as an unsexy pick at this stage of his career, but boring veterans often make for the best draft-day bargains. Coming off a torn Achilles on one foot and ankle surgery on the other, injury concerns absolutely need to be factored into his price tag. But this is also a player who was well on his way to his fourth 1,000-yard season in five years before getting hurt last December and has regularly produced WR2 numbers even with subpar quarterback play. With an ADP of WR45, the reward for drafting Sanders far outweighs the risk.”
– Andrew Seifter (FantasyPros)

Alshon Jeffery (PHI)
ADP: 69th Overall | WR29
“It’s kind of crazy that you’re able to get Jeffery near the 70th overall pick right now. He’s been a top-30 wide receiver in each of his two seasons with the Eagles despite playing through injuries, missing three games, and playing with a backup quarterback half the time. There’s a case to be made for him to be drafted as a top-20 receiver with Carson Wentz coming back.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Curtis Samuel (CAR)
ADP: 102nd Overall | WR40
“The buzz started early for Samuel this offseason and it’s only growing louder as training camp progresses. His playmaking ability is evident and Cam Newton seems to be developing a rapport with the young receiver. That playmaking ability gives Samuel an edge as a runner, too. He pranced for 84 yards and two scores on the ground a year ago. Look for Samuel to break out in his third season.”
– Zach Greubel (Gridiron Experts)

Jamison Crowder (NYJ)
ADP: 169th Overall | WR61
“With an ADP of WR63, Crowder is nearly free in fantasy drafts. Crowder will often be operating from the slot, which is always a prime position in an Adam Gase offense. From Wes Welker to Jarvis Landry, Gase loves utilizing his slot wide receivers. With Robby Anderson stretching the field and teams scheming to stop Le’Veon Bell, Crowder has a very real opportunity to lead the Jets’ wide receivers in targets and become a weekly flex option.”
– Justin George (Take Your League)

Q3. Who is the most undervalued QB based on his current ADP and why?

Kirk Cousins (MIN)
ADP: 140th Overall | QB19
“The quarterback position is as deep as ever this season, but it’s still hard to fathom how 18 quarterbacks are coming off the board ahead of Cousins. He finished as the 12th-most valuable quarterback last year, a top-six quarterback in each of his last two seasons in Washington, and a top-10 quarterback the year before that. That gives you an idea of his floor, but it’s also natural to assume that he’ll improve in his second year in Minnesota, particularly if the Vikings’ offense shows more consistency under Kevin Stefanski than it did under John DeFilippo. Cousin’s top two targets, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, are widely viewed as top-15 wide receivers, and Cousins should similarly be regarded as at least a top-15 quarterback.”
– Andrew Seifter (FantasyPros)

Dak Prescott (DAL)
ADP: 138th Overall | QB18
“Prescott was the QB12 last year, but is the 16th-ranked quarterback on FantasyPros, according to the Expert Consensus Rankings. He only threw 22 touchdowns but ran for six more while limiting his interceptions to eight. With a supporting cast of Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and up-and-comer Michael Gallup, coupled with Prescott’s underrated running ability, there’s no reason to believe Prescott can’t return to QB1 territory.”
– Zach Greubel (Gridiron Experts)

Jameis Winston (TB)
ADP: 106th Overall | QB15
“It has to be Winston, and it’s due to the public perception of his skill level. But this is where we must separate real life from fantasy football. How can Mike Evans be drafted as a top-eight receiver, Chris Godwin be drafted as a top-20 receiver, and O.J. Howard be drafted as a top-four tight end without Winston being a top-100 player? It doesn’t add up.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Cam Newton (CAR)
ADP: 93rd Overall | QB10
“Newton is absolutely undervalued with an ADP of QB10. All reports from Carolina say Newton is healthy, and when he’s healthy, he produces as an elite fantasy quarterback. On top of his good health, Newton may have the best supporting cast of his career with Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore, Christian McCaffery, and Greg Olsen. I’ll have a difficult time ranking nine other quarterbacks ahead of him.”
– Justin George (Take Your League)


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