5 undervalued rookies who could burst out in Fantasy Football this year
Every year there are a few rookies who burst onto the scene becoming valuable members of your fantasy football squad. From Odell Beckham to Ezekiel Elliott there are young stars destined to break out. But what about those who aren’t talked about nearly enough leading up to your draft? Remember Jordan Howard last year? He ended up being a Top 3 back and was drafted in less than 25% of standard leagues.
Well, here are five rookies who aren’t being mentioned enough in most owners fantasy football draft prep. These players may need an injury or a terrible performance to crack the rotation, but if they do sit back and reap the rewards.
Note: ADP is from FantasyPros consensus rankings*
Lamar Miller was a high-priced free agent signing before the 2016 season and he has been a disappointment to say the least. He had a career-low in YPC last season, his first in Houston, and drastically underperformed. For the most part Miller has stayed healthy during his five-year career and the odds of that happening again this year are unknown, but not likely if you look at the history of running backs in the NFL.
Foreman was a third round pick and was my 3rd ranked RB in the entire class behind Fournette and McCaffrey. He currently sits third on the Texans depth chart behind Miller and the always unproductive Alfred Blue, but I expect that to change come training camp. All Foreman needs is an injury to Miller and he instantly becomes a RB2 in fantasy leagues. For a player being drafted 192nd overall, you can snipe him sooner still have incredible value for this rookie back.
Kareem Hunt has the highest ADP on this list and for good reason. His current situation on the Chiefs guarantees him more touches than anyone else out of the gate. He sits behind Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, but if we are talking talent—Hunt tops them all. Andy Reid loves playmakers at the RB position and Hunt gives him that right away as a rookie. I expect Kareem to be given 5-10 touches a game and it can grow as the season progresses. He’s a great handcuff to Ware and should be drafted in every 10-man league or deeper.
When scrolling through ADP and seeing Godwin missing from most draft boards, I was shocked. I think highly of the Buccaneers as a whole this season, one reason why I ranked Jameis Winston as my early No.1 fantasy football quarterback. The Bucs offense can be deadly and with Godwin already listed as third on the depth chart, you know playing time won’t be hard to come by. If Mike Evans or DeSean Jackson go down at any point it will be Godwin who steps up and fills the void. Tampa will be passing a lot, and nabbing Godwin in the later rounds of your draft will provide great value and depth.
Sure, the Giants have a ton of running backs but none are particularly eye-popping and the touches will be split up a lot—at least to start the season. Paul Perkins is the sexy pick to start at running back for the G-Men and he could find success, but if an injury occurs or he just doesn’t perform, rookie Wayne Gallman is waiting in the wings. Gallman won a championship with Clemson last season and fits the Giants scheme perfectly. He is not being mentioned at all in any fantasy football draft prep I have done, and to me, that’s crazy. He is going undrafted in all standard leagues—but is worth a late-round flier for the potential he offers.
Everyone is talking about Adrian Peterson in New Orleans and I’ve written on multiple occasions that Peterson will be a bust and is being severely overdrafted in many leagues. Mark Ingram is the unquestioned starter, but it is Kamara who actually possesses the most talent at this point. He’s young, fresh and can impact a game in a multitude of ways. Drafting Kamara would be smart especially if you drafted Ingram earlier—all it takes is an injury to the injury-prone Adrian Peterson and Kamara will instantly be in line for 5-12 touches per game.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/5-undervalued-rookies-who-could-bust-out-in-fantasy-football-this-year/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/1024x1024.jpg?fit=1024%2C954&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/1024x1024.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AFC EastAFC NorthAFC SouthAFC WestFantasyFF AnalysisFF RankingsFootballNFC EastNFC NorthNFC SouthNFC WestNFLRecent PostsFantasy Football,NFLEvery year there are a few rookies who burst onto the scene becoming valuable members of your fantasy football squad. From Odell Beckham to Ezekiel Elliott there are young stars destined to break out. But what about those who aren't talked about nearly enough leading up to your draft?...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk