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Dynasty Draft Targets: Javon Baker, Jaylen Waddle, Christian Watson

Dynasty Draft Targets: Javon Baker, Jaylen Waddle, Christian Watson

In order to succeed in dynasty leagues over the long haul, it is important to identify both overvalued and undervalued players in startup drafts. Startup drafts are a different beast. You draft deep rosters while trying to balance short-term success with long-term sustainability. You’ll see a number of different strategies utilized by your league mates. Some will go all-in on winning early, while others will draft almost entirely for the future. Our featured experts are here to highlight some of the top targets in this year’s dynasty startup drafts that are undervalued.

Here are the undervalued players our featured analysts are targeting in dynasty startup drafts this offseason.

Want more dynasty startup draft advice? Check out the complete Overvalued and Undervalued Dynasty Startup Draft Targets article.

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Undervalued Dynasty Startup Draft Targets

Who is one undervalued player based on consensus dynasty rankings that you’ll be targeting in dynasty drafts and why?

Javon Baker (WR – NE )

“The New England Patriots’ wide receiver room is the island of misfit toys and two rookies. While Javon was the second wide receiver drafted, I’m all in on the former UCF star. We’ve seen Day 3 wide receivers turn into stars as rookies, including Amon-Ra St. Brown and Puka Nacua. Baker had the 11th-high PFF receiving grade in the draft class last season and posted a higher yards per route run average than Rome Odunze (3.21 vs. 2.93). Don’t be shocked if the rookie quickly turns into Jacoby Brissett/Drake Maye‘s go-to target. I will happily draft him ahead of several wide receivers higher in the dynasty rankings, including Jerry Jeudy, Gabe Davis, Tyler Lockett, and others. ”
Mike Fanelli (FantasyPros)

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL )

“Perhaps it’s because Andrews finished the season injured, but dynasty managers are severely underestimating him right now. Zay Flowers emergence was impressive, but nothing compared to what Andrews has put on tape over the years. This Ravens defense is prime for regression and we could see career-high pass attempts for Lamar Jackson, of which most will likely find their way to his favorite target, Mark Andrews.”
Tom Strachan (NFL Best Ball)

Jaylen Waddle (WR – MIA )

“Seeing Jaylen Waddle fall to WR13 in the late 2nd feels like a steal to me. Tyreek Hill is going ahead of him at WR9, but at some point, Waddle will take over the 1A and Hill will become the 1B, and that could be this year. I’m much happier taking Waddle over Brandon Aiyuk, Chris Olave, and Malik Nabers, all of whom are going ahead of him in ADP.”
Andrew Hall (FantasyPros)

Christian Watson (WR – GB )

“Now that a bunch of dynasty managers have been burned on Christian Watson, his price is starting to drop, and I want in. The hang-ups with Watson are (1) he’s been having chronic hamstring issues; and (2) the Packers have a strong collection of young pass catchers. Watson saw a specialist in the offseason about the hamstring issue, so hopefully adjustments in diet and training will remedy the problem. As for the target competition, I’ll fade the “too many mouths to feed” narrative with players I like, and there’s a lot to like with Watson. He’s 6-foot-4 with sub-4.4 speed, and he scored eight touchdowns over a four-game span as a rookie. Watson also scored four touchdowns over a three-game span last season. That sort of big-play production (even in short bursts) suggests that Watson has enormous upside, and I’ll happily invest in him at a reduced sticker price.”
Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

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