8 Players You’ll Regret Not Drafting (2019 Fantasy Football)

Aug 21, 2019
Latavius Murray

Latavius Murray steps right into Mark Ingram’s role which was highly productive

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The biggest draft weekend is upon us and for many of you, the 2019 fantasy season will officially start in a few days. Preparation is key to successful drafting and that starts with knowing which players are the top sleepers, busts, and perhaps most important, who to target in the various rounds of your draft. It’s this last piece that often is the most overlooked and while every draft is different after the first few rounds, there are a slew of players that you should have on your radar. To help identify these guys, our featured pundits below have named players you’ll regret passing on in drafts.

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Q. Name one player ranked outside the top 50 in Half-PPR ADP that owners will regret not drafting.

Latavius Murray (RB – NO)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 86 | RB35
“Murray offers both a reliable floor and huge upside with an 8th round ADP. In fact, I am so set on landing him this year that I’ll be grabbing him in the 6th to be sure no one beats me to it. He fills in directly for Mark Ingram who was drafted 50 sports higher last year despite a four-game suspension. Murray may not be as useful as a pass-catcher, but he should see an uptick in targets with this offense and let’s not look past the fact that he’s been the best goal-line back in football over the last three years. You can expect RB2 numbers from him and if anything happens to Kamara, Murray’s value goes through the roof as a weekly RB1.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 113 | QB14
“For me it’s Jackson. He’s 21 years old, coming into his first full season as a starter, and will run the football perhaps more than any quarterback in history ever has. He’ll mature as a passer, even slightly, and likely fix ball security issues at least a little. There is so much upside to Lamar. As Warren Sharp points out, of 11 quarterbacks in NFL history to attempt at least 150 passes when they were 21 years old or younger, Jackson ranked first in passer rating, finishing ahead of Matthew Stafford, Alex Smith, Jameis Winston, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and other notable names. He’s just getting started and will be a steal for fantasy owners.”
– Andy Holloway (The Fantasy Footballers)

James White (RB – NE)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 65 | RB27
“I’ve said it all offseason, so why stop now? James White continues to be ridiculously undervalued. The absence of Rob Gronkowski is bigger than most realize and it’s the primary reason White was able to finish as a top-10 running back last year. In the 14 games White has played without Gronkowski over the last four years, he’s averaged 6.6 targets and 13.9 half-PPR points per game, which would have ranked 12th among running backs in 2018. The addition of Josh Gordon does not affect his target share, as they’re completely different roles.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

O.J. Howard (TE – TB)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 54 | TE4
“Howard’s output of 48 targets with 34 receptions produced 565 yards from week one through eleven in 2018. If we use George Kittle‘s targets of 71 in that span and give Howard that usage, then it projects out as roughly 835 yards and seven touchdowns – that’s in the range of Ertz! A 48% increase as in this example is optimistic, but it still demonstrates that if Howard gets just a modest 35% target increase in 2019, you could have a serious tight end beast on your fantasy roster.”
– Richard Savill (Fantasy Six Pack)

Dede Westbrook (WR – JAC)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 93 | WR37
“Most fantasy owners look at the Jaguars passing game and think ‘there’s nothing to see here’. But with the addition of Nick Foles and installation of an offense similar to the Eagles, we could see a breakout from Dede Westbrook. He finished the 2018 season strong with 17 receptions during the fantasy playoff run. Looking ahead to the 2019 season, he will be facing the easiest schedule at the position and could be a player that we are kicking ourselves later for not taking advantage of at his current ADP of 93rd overall.”
– Brandon Murchison (RotoBaller)

Corey Davis (WR – TEN)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 92 | WR36
“I think Davis is ranked too low across the board. Currently sitting at No. 92 overall and WR36, I think he can easily outproduce the current rankings. Being healthy heading into Year 3 should lead to natural progression, regardless if his quarterback is healthy or not. Tennessee’s added weapons could also be just as much of a help to Davis than a hindrance.”
– Jake Arthur (Colts.com)

Josh Gordon (WR – NE)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 91 | WR35
“Since he entered the league, Gordon ranks 12th among all receivers in yards per target. He joined New England’s notoriously complicated offense for wideouts in Week 4 and ranked top-28 at his position across fantasy formats before his suspension. If he can stay on the field — an enormous if at this point — Gordon should beat and could easily smash his low-WR3 consensus ADP. He’s already showed us that his ceiling reaches all the way to the top of the position … even with Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden throwing him balls.”
– Matt Schauf (Draft Sharks)

DeSean Jackson (WR – PHI)
Overall Half-PPR ADP: 122 | WR48
“Jackson will be a league shifting scorer in the early season. Carson Wentz has a big arm and is already praising his new weapon. D-Jax hadn’t lost his speed in Tampa, Jameis Winston just couldn’t find him deep. The Eagles offense is a much more efficient machine.”
– Mike Alexander (Friends With Fantasy Benefits)

 

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