Written By: Jason Beck @TheyCallMeDad_3
Every year, fantasy football brings us all together for draft parties, cold drinks, & trash talk. No matter how early or how late in the off season your draft is, your league can’t be won at draft night, but you can lose it if you aren’t prepared. Casual and hardcore fantasy players will all know the big names such as Barkley, Mahomes, and Juju. These guys will all be automatic smashes that will offer your team a leg up no matter where you are able to land them. However, those are the easy picks. As the draft carries on, your buddies will begin to sit on the clock a little longer debating on their next selection. This could be the cause of too much to drink, getting sniped right before your pick, or simply not being prepared. When round 10 rolls around, the draft board could look like a deserted wasteland, but I am here to offer you a few late round dart throws to target that could end up winning you a fantasy title this season.
All ADP’s are calculated in half point ppr from Fantasy Football Calculator
Damien Harris: (11.01 ADP)
If you have been following player updates, you will probably know that Sony Michel just had another knee scope this offseason and is opening camp on the PUP list. When healthy, Michel is a tremendous talent that is a locked and loaded RB2 for 2019. However, he has an extensive injury history dating back to high school when he tore his ACL. I believe Sony is set up to receive a massive workload this season as the Patriots shift to a run heavy offense. However, if he misses anytime this year, I believe that Harris could plug right in and the Pats could ride Damien’s fresh legs. Harris was a productive running back in college as he totted the rock for Alabama. In one of the premier conferences in college football, Harris rushed over 1K yards on the ground his sophomore and junior seasons, ran for 876 yards in 2018 in a timeshare with Josh Jacobs, and showed he can be used in the passing game as he caught 22 passes his senior year. This all makes Harris an intriguing late round fantasy running back to own in 2019 that could become fantasy gold.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: (10.01 ADP)
2018 was a rough year for the Green Bay Packers. However, even in a down year, the Packers had plenty of fantasy relevant players. One player that flashed at times last year was Marquez Valdez Scantling. In relief of an injured Geronimo Allison, MVS hauled in 38 receptions, 581 yards, and 2 touchdowns. More importantly, MVS gained the trust of Aaron Rodgers who said, “I think Marquez has had a fantastic spring and really stepped up as a guy who can be an every-down player”. As the Packers shift focus under new HC Matt Lafluer, I believe MVS could be fantasy gold this year at his current ADP of 10.01.
Devin Singletary: (11.10 ADP)
The Buffalo Bills RBBC is an interesting group to evaluate. This backfield consists of LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon, and recently drafted Devin Singletary. The Bills have an offense that is led by Josh Allen who has the ability to stretch the field with his arm and legs that will open up space for the running game. However, I believe one of these guys will edge out the rest by the midway point in the season. Gore and McCoy could provide a trustworthy back in critical game situations, but both lack the extra gear that Yeldon and Singletary each possess. It’s also important to note that rumors have been swirling this off season about the possibility of McCoy either getting cut or traded before the start of the season. Regardless, I think Gore and McCoy will get the goal line work, and Yeldon & Singletary will be the change of pace backs. Given Singletary’s explosive play making ability and current ADP, he is a back that has relevance in a crowded backfield with big upside if McCoy isn’t with the team in 2019.
Emmanuel Sanders: (11.01 ADP)
Yes, Sanders is an aging wide receiver that is coming off a torn achilles. This is an injury that is hard for younger guys to overcome with the amount of lateral movement needed in order for wide receivers to create separation in the passing game. Sanders is a risk, but early reports suggest that he has made tremendous progress. John Elway recently reported that Sanders will not start the year on the PUP which is a great sign for the explosive playmaker. Given that Sanders has been productive in Denver beyond the Peyton Manning era, Sanders could offer a sizable ROI even with Joe Flacco at the helm.
Adrian Peterson: (10.03 ADP)
Don’t count out Adrian Peterson! In Washington, AD returned to relevance last year while eclipsing 1K rushing yards for the first time since 2015 in relief of a mangled-up backfield. Peterson showed glimpses of the running back that everyone thinks of when you say his name. He ran with power and the grit to gain that extra yard while bolstering an impressive 4.2 yards per carry. Reports are that Derrius Guice is having trouble with his rehab and AD is the only running back in Washington not coming off a major knee injury. The opportunity will be there, and while it may not be pretty at times; AD will get the job done. Don’t hesitate to take a chance on him at his current ADP of 10.03.
Michael Gallup: (13.12 ADP)
In weeks 9 through 17, Michael Gallup averaged an on field snap percentage of 76%, racked up 319 receiving yards, 23 receptions, and 1 touchdown. These numbers are important because this is the time period in which Amari Cooper was playing for the Cowboys last season. As the season carried on, Gallup’s growth was evident by his play on the field. In the postseason, Gallup finished the season with a career high 6 receptions and 119 receiving yards against the Rams. Going into year two Gallup should offer a substantial ROI with his current ADP of 13.12.
John Brown: (14.12)
There is an unusual hype going around the fantasy community about the Buffalo Bills this season. Led by the young gunslinger, Josh Allen, the Bills could provide some sneaky fantasy assets this season. One of those sneaky assets could be John Brown. Michelle Magdziuk (@BallBlastEm) from The BallBlast Podcast made this statement about Brown, “Weeks 1-9 with Joe Flacco, John Brown was targeted deep more than any WR in the league, by a lot. Josh Allen deep ball attempt% was the highest in the league for QBs by far. They are a match made in heaven.” If this tandem catches fire, this stack could be a poor man’s Mahomes and Hill combo. With an ADP of 14.12, John Brown could become one of the best dart throw’s this draft season.