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11 Undervalued Dynasty Players (2020 Fantasy Football)

Apr 30, 2020

There are numerous reasons why Kenyan Drake is worth far more than his current dynasty ranking

With the NFL Draft concluding just under a week ago, dynasty owners have jumped back into fantasy football realm en masse. Trades are being made left, right, and center to rebuild poorly constructed teams through the rookie draft or to solidify an already strong roster that’s capable of winning now. Whether you’re looking to acquire an undervalued player for a discount or you seek to maximize value in your upcoming dynasty draft, our featured pundits have you covered. Today, they share their most undervalued running backs and wide receivers for dynasty formats.

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Q1. Which running back is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings and why?

Kenyan Drake (ARI): Dynasty ECR – RB18
“The clear candidate for me here is Drake. He’s 26, which caps his dynasty appeal a bit, but he has averaged only 114 rushing attempts per season over his four-year career, totaling 456. For reference, Derrick Henry had 303 attempts in 2019 alone. Drake’s situation is also much improved from last season with the departure of David Johnson and the addition of DeAndre Hopkins. Plus, Kyler Murray has his first year under his belt. If this offense takes the step forward that it should, all parties could be lethal for years to come.”
– Donald Gibson (FantasyPros)

“It’s crazy to see Kenyan Drake down at RB18 when he performed the way he did under Kliff Kingsbury last year. Since coming over in Week 9, he was the No. 4 running back through the remainder of the fantasy season and the Cardinals liked him enough to move on from David Johnson and not draft a running back until the seventh round. Drake may be on a one-year deal right now, but he has under 500 career carries on his frame.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Jordan Howard (MIA): Dynasty ECR – RB49
“Howard has no business being at RB49 in our latest dynasty rankings. He saw a dramatic improvement with the offensive line through the draft and avoided seeing any significant competition come in. Matt Breida will be a change-of-pace back, but won’t take away significant work from him. This Dolphins team is going to want to run the ball and Howard could be looking at 250+ carries again in 2020. He should be a lock as a top-24 running back if he can stay healthy.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

David Montgomery (CHI): Dynasty ECR – RB22
“The most undervalued right now is Montgomery. He didn’t have a terrible rookie season and it was obvious he was limited by the offense and the quarterback situation in Chicago. The good news is that they brought Nick Foles to compete with Mitch Trubisky. Montgomery finished the season with over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. General manager Ryan Pace told the media he expects a heavier workload for Montgomery. He is actually ranked as the RB22, but he has a much higher ceiling.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

JaMycal Hasty (SF): Dynasty ECR – RB113
“To say that my undervalued running back is a deep-dive would be an understatement. My pick is going to be undrafted free agent JaMycal Hasty, who was picked up by the 49ers shortly after the draft concluded. This was on the same day that the 49ers traded Matt Breida to the Dolphins and while the Niners have done quick work in replacing departing players, I view Hasty as the replacement for Breida. In his senior year at Baylor, Hasty averaged 5.8 yards per carry and had seven rushing touchdowns. Is Hasty going to be the next great thing? He will not. That being said, almost all 49ers running backs hold value and Hasty will be no different.”
– Michael Hauff (Gridiron Experts)

Ke’Shawn Vaughn (TB): Dynasty ECR – RB28
“I know it’s tough to sell a rookie as an undervalued player, but Vaughn was also undervalued heading into the draft. He may not be as flashy as some of the other rookie running backs, but he didn’t deserve to be the eighth back off the board either. Displaying adequate size and speed, Vaughn can do everything asked of a running back, including catching the ball and pass protecting, which, let’s face it, are both highly important when working with Tom Brady. The Buccaneers have been down the Ronald Jones road and it hasn’t led anywhere. Opportunity may not always lead to production, but you need opportunity to produce and that is what it seems Vaughn has.”
– Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed)

Q2. Which wide receiver is currently the most undervalued in our latest dynasty rankings and why?

Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE): Dynasty ECR – WR10
“I’m not willing to throw Beckham Jr. to the wolves after just one bad season under Freddie Kitchens. The offense was horrendous and anyone watching could’ve pointed out the obvious issues. Prior to the 2019 season, Beckham was in the conversation for a top-three pick in dynasty startup drafts, but now he’s right around 20th overall? Even with his 2019 campaign, Beckham has posted WR2 or better numbers in 64.0 percent of the games throughout his career. The only players with a higher percentage since 2000 are Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and Antonio Brown.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Brandin Cooks (HOU): Dynasty ECR – WR41
“The hate on Cooks has gone too far. He had clearly the worst year of his career last season, but he had a career-high 1,204 yards in 2018. Plus, he averaged 1,149 receiving yards and 7.25 touchdowns per season from 2015-2018, missing precisely zero regular-season games in that span. The concussions are a major concern, but someone will have to fill the void left by DeAndre Hopkins for the foreseeable future and you may benefit greatly by taking advantage of everyone else’s recency bias. Oh yeah, did I mention he’s still only 26?”
– Donald Gibson (FantasyPros)

Michael Gallup (DAL): Dynasty ECR – WR35
“I know that most of us shed a tear for our Gallup shares when the Dallas Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb in the NFL draft, but I still find him to be undervalued among wide receivers. Gallup is just 24 years old and will be entering his third NFL season. This past year, he finished with 100+ targets and surpassed 1,000 yards receiving. Those numbers were good for a WR2 season, and even if Lamb leapfrogs Gallup as some expect, Gallup will still hold fantasy value for years to come in that Cowboys offense.”
– Michael Hauff (Gridiron Experts)

Denzel Mims (NYJ): Dynasty ECR – WR42
“Mims is currently ranked 20 spots lower than fellow rookies Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. Perhaps that has to do with him falling to the end of the second round and/or because he landed on the Jets. Aside from being taller, heavier, and faster than both CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, Mims found himself in a situation where his target share isn’t going to be impacted by the presence of an established or blossoming star. While short-term production isn’t easy for wide receivers, Mims will be able to develop and grow alongside Sam Darnold, who at only 23 years old will be entering his third season. There is certainly room for Mims to develop, especially as a route-runner, but it doesn’t change the fact that with his impressive size-speed combo, he has all the tools needed to be a No. 1 receiver and will be that for the Jets sooner than later.”
– Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed)

Tee Higgins (CIN): Dynasty ECR – WR43
“The newest wide receiver of the Bengals is one of the most undervalued right now. This team selected Higgins with the first pick in the second round and he will eventually be A.J. Green’s replacement. The veteran wideout is already 31 and is going to play this year on the franchise tag. Higgins will become Joe Burrow’s go-to-guy in what may be a great offense in a couple of years. Currently the WR43, the rookie has the potential to become a solid WR2 in the years to come.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

Jamison Crowder (NYJ): Dynasty ECR – WR63
“While I’m not the biggest fan of the offense in general, Crowder is a steal right now at WR63. If you play in any sort of PPR format, he is a lock to see over 100 targets if he plays all 16 games. With the way the slot wide receiver is utilized in Adam Gase’s offense, Crowder should see all the targets he can handle and he’ll have fantasy value again in 2020. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but he’ll produce for your dynasty roster.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

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