Deep League All-Undrafted Team (2020 Fantasy Football)
Have you ever sat back and wondered what it would look like to assemble a fantasy roster with players outside the Top-250 in ADP (Average Draft Position)?
No? It’s just me?
Regardless, today I’m going to construct a lineup using players that are not currently being drafted inside the top 20 rounds of ADP Consensus. This is simply just a fun exercise to point out some potential values in your deep redraft leagues that could end contributing to your rosters in 2020.
With that in mind, let’s assemble a team as powerful as The Avengers! Ok, that might be a slight reach…
Tyrod Taylor (QB – Los Angeles Chargers)
Current ADP: QB31
With the structure of fantasy points for the QB position, you don’t exactly have to be the greatest at the position in the NFL to have value. Rushing QBs are extremely important for fantasy football and Taylor certainly falls into that category. Taylor’s nothing more than a game manager at the NFL level, but he’s never finished with less than 84 carries in a season where he was deemed the starter. Additionally, in those three seasons in Buffalo, Taylor never finished as less than the QB16 for fantasy football. If he’s the starter for the full season, which I’m currently projecting him to be, he’s going to drastically outperform his current ADP.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
Chris Thompson (RB – Jacksonville Jaguars)
Current ADP: RB83
Thompson’s struggled to stay healthy the past few seasons, but he’s proven to be very valuable when he’s in the lineup. Jacksonville’s defense is no longer the rock-solid unit that it was a few years ago and the Jaguars are most likely going to need to be playing catch up in a lot of games this season. This leads to Thompson being heavily involved out of the backfield as the receiving back, which is going to inevitably lead to some level of fantasy production. He’s not going to be a top-36 option or anything, but Thompson could have some value this season as a filler in your lineup during bye weeks.
Salvon Ahmed (RB – San Francisco 49ers)
Current ADP: NA
Ahmed was someone that I loved coming out of Washington, but a poor NFL Combine performance led to him signing with the San Francisco 49ers as a UDFA. With that being said, Ahmed landed in the one place that I had identified for him to have fantasy value long-term. Ahmed is a perfect fit for this scheme and he’s much, much faster than his 40-time would indicate. With the uncertainty of Raheem Mostert in San Franciso, plus the unknowns of Jerick McKinnon coming back from injury, Ahmed is someone worth keeping an eye on.
Salvon Ahmed turned on the burners 🔥🔥🔥
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) September 28, 2019
Russell Gage (WR – Atlanta Falcons)
Current ADP: WR102
When you get outside the top-15 rounds, it’s difficult to locate players that are even starters on their own rosters. In some instances, you’re taking shots on the fourth or even fifth wide receivers on some teams that are only going to be relevant if an injury happens to the players above them on the depth chart. Meanwhile, Gage is hanging out at WR102 in ADP Consensus right now and is going to see plenty of targets in this high-powered offense. Gage isn’t going to be a league-winner, by any means, but he can be a player that you roll into your lineups on bye weeks that will see his guaranteed 4 to 6 targets per game.
Matt Ryan finds Russell Gage for the touchdown. pic.twitter.com/EHANGWmpvX
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 29, 2019
Devin Duvernay (WR – Baltimore Ravens)
Current ADP: NA
Did you know that the Ravens saw 19 touchdowns to players lined up out of the slot last season, per PFF? Willie Snead is not a top-tier talent, but he still saw 5 receiving TDs last season and was borderline relevant in some weeks. Duvernay now enters the receiving corps as a third-round pick and he’s a perfect fit for this offense. He’ll line up in the slot and should become one of Lamar Jackson‘s favorite targets right away. He’s sure-handed (dropping only one pass to go along with 106 receptions last season at Texas) and has incredible ability after the catch. The best part? He’s currently not even being drafted within the top-345 picks in redraft ADP.
Lamar Jackson to Devin Duvernay all day long…pic.twitter.com/CN4ny8OP2b
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) April 25, 2020
Danny Amendola (WR – Detroit Lions)
Current ADP: WR87
Amendola’s not exactly someone that people are going to be excited hitting the draft button on, but it’s hard to find players in the later rounds that are going to see significant targets. Did you know that Amendola saw 97 targets in 2019? Unfortunately, he only scored 1 receiving TD, which isn’t going to get it done for fantasy football. However, Matthew Stafford will be back healthy this season and there’s going to be plenty more scoring opportunities for the shifty slot-receiver in Detroit this year.
Tyler Eifert (TE – Jacksonville Jaguars)
Current ADP: TE41
When looking for tight ends for fantasy football, you’re either betting on pure target volume or touchdown upside. There are very few tight ends in the NFL that see enough targets to be fantasy relevant on that alone, so that leaves a lot where you’re simply banking on TD production. This season, Eifert’s as solid of a bet as any tight end to reel in 5 to 7 touchdowns. He’s a huge presence in the red zone and he proved that he can stay healthy last season. Eifert’s a solid flyer within the top-20 tight ends. The fact that he’s going as TE41 currently is ridiculous.
Jakobi Meyers (WR – New England Patriots)
Current ADP: WR109
Obviously, we have a FLEX spot in this format, so we’re going to take an absolute dart throw here with the young wideout in New England. N’Keal Harry’s done little to prove that he’s ready to completely adjust to the NFL game and Meyers actually out-produced Harry in 2019. Harry will have one of the starting spots outside locked down in this offense, but then there are several players battling for the slot role. Meyers may very well end up starting opposite of Harry in New England and he’s shown that he can be borderline fantasy relevant already. The fact that he’s been drafted outside the top-100 WRs makes this selection even sweeter.