Fantasy Draft Recaps

FFPC Draft Recap - June Draft Experts League

By Kevin English 7:46am EDT 6/19/14

Throughout the summer, we’ll provide round-by-round recaps of a variety of drafts from the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC). Their format awards 1 PPR for RBs and WRs, and 1.5 PPR for TEs. The starting lineup requirements are as follows: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 2 FLEX, 1 K and 1 D.

Our first installment breaks down a Draft Experts league, otherwise known as a “best-ball” format. Drafters went 28 rounds (because there are no in-season pickups) and will have their optimal lineups set after the conclusion of each week’s games.

Here we go!

Round 1

1.01 – LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles

1.02 – Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

1.03 – Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

1.04 – Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions

1.05 – Matt Forte, RB, Bears

1.06 – Arian Foster, RB, Texans

1.07 – Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

1.08 – DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

1.09 – Montee Ball, RB, Broncos

1.10 – Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

1.11 – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

1.12 – Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

Like it: 1.12 Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints

Graham goes as high as 1st overall in some of these drafts, so there’s plenty of value in snagging him at the end of Round 1. Last year, he outproduced the #2 TE by 90.8 fantasy points (FFPC scoring) -- nearly 6 per game. Graham’s franchise-tag squabble provides a minor distraction, but it’s unlikely to harm him on the field.

Dislike it: 1.06 Arian Foster, RB, Texans

Foster could produce like a mid-1st rounder this season. He’s a proven rusher on an offense that will feature the ground game. I’d feel much more comfortable with him in Round 2, though. His injury risk and placement on a rebuilding offense are causes for concern.

Round 2

2.01 – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

2.02 – A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

2.03 – Zac Stacy, RB, Rams

2.04 – Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

2.05 – Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks

2.06 – Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

2.07 – Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

2.08 – C.J. Spiller , RB, Bills

2.09 – Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals

2.10 – Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears

2.11 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

2.12 – Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

Like it: 2.06 Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

Bryant was the 5th WR off the board. That’s a steal for someone with the upside to finish as fantasy’s top-scoring WR. OC Scott Linehan’s pass-crazed offense only aids Bryant’s outlook. Plus, the 25-year-old is playing for a new contract.

Dislike it: 2.04 Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

Much like my issue with the Foster pick, the selection of Jones simply wasn’t necessary. Why take the guy who’s fractured his foot twice (in the same spot) over the past 3 years when you can take Bryant? Jones should return value if he plays a full season, but I’ll bet against that happening in 2014.

Round 3

3.01 – Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos

3.02 – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

3.03 – Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

3.04 – Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins

3.05 – Reggie Bush, RB, Lions

3.06 – Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins

3.07 – Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

3.08 – Andre Johnson, WR, Texans

3.09 – Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

3.10 – Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

3.11 – Roddy White, WR, Falcons

3.12 – Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos

Like it: 3.03 Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

Nelson’s 8 games alongside Aaron Rodgers last year put him on pace for 98 grabs, 1,620 yards and 14 TDs. That would have made him the #1 fantasy WR. He’ll carry clear WR1 value into the season, especially with James Jones -- and perhaps Jermichael Finley -- out of the picture.

Dislike it: 3.12 Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos

Moreno’s off to a poor start in Miami. He’s admitted that his conditioning isn't up to par, forcing the coaching staff to give him 4th-team reps in 1 OTA session. The bigger concern is that he’s away from Denver’s juggernaut of an offense. He’s also not guaranteed a hefty workload with an improving Lamar Miller around. I’d expect Moreno to be drafted in Round 5 or 6 of most FFPC drafts.

Round 4

4.01 – DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins

4.02 – Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

4.03 – Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

4.04 – Drew Brees, QB, Saints

4.05 – Matt Stafford, QB, Lions

4.06 – Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

4.07 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

4.08 – Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants

4.09 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

4.10 – Wes Welker, WR, Broncos

4.11 – Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

4.12 – Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers

Like it: 4.06 Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

Vereen’s a clear candidate to lead all RBs in receptions this season. He snagged 44 balls last year despite appearing in only 8 games.

Dislike it: 4.10 Wes Welker, WR, Broncos

Peyton Manning’s bound to regress in 2014, so it’s tough to count on Welker repeating his 14% TD rate. The 33-year-old is also an injury risk, having suffered 2 concussions last season.

Round 5

5.01 – Percy Harvin, WR, Seahawks

5.02 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings

5.03 – Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers

5.04 – Joique Bell, RB, Lions

5.05 – Chris Johnson, RB, Jets

5.06 – Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

5.07 – Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

5.08 – Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

5.09 – Toby Gerhart, RB, Jaguars

5.10 – Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans

5.11 – Ray Rice, RB, Ravens

5.12 – Ben Tate, RB, Browns

Like it: 5.04 Joique Bell, RB, Lions

Reggie Bush is the flashier name, and he went 2 rounds earlier. But Bell’s the far better value. Beyond his proven PPR ability, he’s a goal-line back on 1 of the league’s top offenses.

Dislike it: 5.06 Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

While I’m higher on Brady than my DS cohorts, he’s a clear reach in the 5th. Too much of his value is tied to the uncertain health of Rob Gronkowski. Besides, you can land a viable starting QB 2-4 rounds later.

Round 6

6.01 – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings

6.02 – Frank Gore, RB, 49ers

6.03 – Seattle Defense

6.04 – Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns

6.05 – Eric Decker, WR, Jets

6.06 – Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys

6.07 – Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals

6.08 – Kendall Wright, WR, Titans

6.09 – Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

6.10 – Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

6.11 – Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts

6.12 – Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

Like it: 6.10 Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

You won’t find many workhorse RBs left in the 6th. Richardson is 1 of them. And with a full offseason in Indy’s offense, he should return RB2 totals.

Dislike it: 6.03 Seattle Seahawks Defense

Despite their dominant showing last year, Seattle finished 4th in the FFPC’s scoring. Grabbing a WR or TE here would have been wise.

Round 7

7.01 – Tavon Austin, WR, Rams

7.02 – Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

7.03 – Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

7.04 – Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

7.05 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins

7.06 – Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Raiders

7.07 – Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints

7.08 – Marques Colston, WR, Saints

7.09 – Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles

7.10 – Nick Foles, QB, Eagles

7.11 – Steven Jackson, RB, Falcons

7.12 – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles

Like it: 7.02 Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

Olsen came off the board 9th among TEs, but he’s a strong bet to finish higher than that. Carolina needs him more than ever given the mess that is their WR corps. Olsen’s catches have already risen in each season since joining the Panthers in 2011.

Dislike it: 7.09 Darren Sproles, RB, Eagles

Sproles isn’t expected to see more than 8 touches per game, and he’s not a great bet for TDs. That really caps the upside of a 7th-round pick.

Round 8

8.01 – Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

8.02 – DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers

8.03 – Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

8.04 – Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots

8.05 – Fred Jackson, RB, Bills

8.06 – Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens

8.07 – Martellus Bennett, TE, Bears

8.08 – Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

8.09 – Golden Tate, WR, Lions

8.10 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers

8.11 – Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

8.12 – Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders

Like it: 8.08 Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins

Wallace’s big-play ability helps immensely in this format. New OC Bill Lazor and improving QB Ryan Tannehill are reasons to believe Wallace improves in his 2nd year with the Fins.

Dislike it: 8.04 Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots

Amendola over Wallace is a tough one to figure out. The 2nd-year Patriot could be a fine value if he stays healthy, but that’s certainly not a given. Amendola has played 16 games just once in his 5-year career (2010).

Round 9

9.01 – Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys

9.02 – Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

9.03 – Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers

9.04 – Riley Cooper, WR, Eagles

9.05 – Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs

9.06 – Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

9.07 – Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

9.08 – Charles Clay, TE, Dolphins

9.09 – Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jaguars

9.10 – Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers

9.11 – Heath Miller, TE, Steelers

9.12 – Hakeem Nicks, WR, Colts

Like it: 9.01 Terrance Williams, WR, Cowboys

Williams is a solidified #2 WR on an offense that should finish near the top of the league in pass attempts. Sign me up.

Dislike it: 9.02 Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

San Diego’s front office failed to add WR or O-line talent this offseason. Rivers also lost OC Ken Whisenhunt over the winter. The veteran QB is in for some serious regression after finishing as the QB6 last year.

Round 10

10.01 – Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

10.02 – Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers

10.03 – Kenny Stills, WR, Saints

10.04 – Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens

10.05 – Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals

10.06 – Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints

10.07 – Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

10.08 – Delanie Walker, TE, Titans

10.09 – Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

10.10 – Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers

10.11 – Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks

10.12 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

Like it: 10.03 Kenny Stills, WR, Saints

See Terrance Williams’ blurb above.

Dislike it: 10.07 Steve Smith, WR, Ravens

There’s minimal upside here for a 3rd option in a shaky passing game. At 35, Smith’s best ball is certainly behind him.

Round 11

11.01 – Tre Mason, RB, Rams

11.02 – Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

11.03 – Khiry Robinson, RB, Saints

11.04 – Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles

11.05 – Rueben Randle, WR, Giants

11.06 – Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

11.07 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

11.08 – Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts

11.09 – Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons

11.10 – Andre Brown, RB, Texans

11.11 – Eric Ebron, TE, Lions

11.12 – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

Like it: 11.02 Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

While the loss of Golden Tate hurts, Wilson’s legs keep him in the top 10 fantasy mix. Anything close to a full season from Percy Harvin is a bonus.

Dislike it: 11.06 Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

Fleener underwhelmed last year with Dwayne Allen (hip) out for the season. Now, Allen’s back in the lineup, while Indy also added Hakeem Nicks.

Round 12

12.01 – Kenny Britt, WR, Rams

12.02 – Jay Cutler, QB, Bears

12.03 – Stevie Johnson, WR, 49ers

12.04 – Terrance West, RB, Browns

12.05 – Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots

12.06 – Roy Helu, RB, Redskins

12.07 – Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

12.08 – Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers

12.09 – Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

12.10 – Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots

12.11 – Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

12.12 – Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

Like it: 12.09 Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

Steven Jackson -- a man of 2,993 career touches -- enters a clear showdown with Father Time. Even if he doesn’t wear down this season, Freeman’s electric ability should force its way into the lineup.

Dislike it: 12.05 Stephen Gostkowski, K, Patriots

Kickers shouldn’t be considered for at least another 9-10 rounds.

Round 13

13.01 – Andre Williams, RB, Giants

13.02 – Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs

13.03 – David Wilson, RB, Giants

13.04 – Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

13.05 – Garrett Graham, TE, Texans

13.06 – San Francisco Defense

13.07 – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

13.08 – Kansas City Defense

13.09 – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

13.10 – Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals

13.11 – Matt Prater, K, Broncos

13.12 – Jake Locker, QB, Titans

Like it: 13.04 Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

Golden Tate’s gone. And Percy Harvin’s durability concerns remain. Those factors provide Baldwin with sizable target upside – despite a run-first scheme.

Dislike it: 13.06 San Francisco 49ers Defense; 13.08 Kansas City Chiefs Defense

The 49ers will eventually lose top pass rusher Aldon Smith to suspension. Kansas City finished atop the fantasy ranks last year, but they relied on 11 scores from their defense and special teams. Instead of chasing those numbers this year, wait and grab a defense in the late rounds.

Round 14

14.01 – LeGarrette Blount, RB, Steelers

14.02 – Cincinnati Defense

14.03 – Justin Tucker, K, Ravens

14.04 – Shonn Greene, RB, Titans

14.05 – Jared Cook, TE, Rams

14.06 – Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers

14.07 – Chris Ivory, RB, Jets

14.08 – Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts

14.09 – Levine Toilolo, TE, Falcons

14.10 – Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys

14.11 – Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers

14.12 – St. Louis Defense

Like it: 14.10 Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys

The Cowboys are high on Dunbar's talent. DeMarco Murray carries durability concerns, while new OC Scott Linehan has a history of utilizing multiple RBs. His Lions produced a pair of 50-catch backs just last season.

Dislike it: 14.09 Levine Toilolo, TE, Falcons

Toilolo will start, but he’s not going to approach Tony Gonzalez-like numbers. GM Thomas Dimitroff labeled the 2nd-year man an in-line player this offseason, indicating that he’ll do plenty of blocking. Toilolo looks like a lineman at 6’8, 265 pounds.

Round 15

15.01 – Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns

15.02 – Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers

15.03 – Donald Brown, RB, Chargers

15.04 – Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles

15.05 – James Jones, WR, Raiders

15.06 – Steven Hauschka, K, Seahawks

15.07 – C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos

15.08 – Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins

15.09 – Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars

15.10 – Denver Defense

15.11 – Miles Austin, WR, Browns

15.12 – Carolina Defense

Like it: 15.09 Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars

Lewis tallied 16 catches, 242 yards and 4 TDs over the final 5 weeks of 2013. The 30-year-old carries decent target upside, especially with Justin Blackmon in hot water. Health remains Lewis’ biggest obstacle.

Dislike it: 15.05 James Jones, WR, Raiders

Jones certainly isn’t an awful pick. He’s a #1 WR in an NFL offense. Unfortunately, that offense belongs to the Raiders. There’s some TD upside here, but I foresee a wildly inconsistent season for the former Packer.

Round 16

16.01 – Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

16.02 – New England Defense

16.03 – Tim Wright, TE, Buccaneers

16.04 – Phil Dawson, K, 49ers

16.05 – Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals

16.06 – Pittsburgh Defense

16.07 – Dexter McCluster, RB, Titans

16.08 – Chicago Defense

16.09 – Dan Bailey, K, Cowboys

16.10 – Justin Hunter, WR, Titans

16.11 – Arizona Defense

16.12 – Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings

Like it: 16.07 Dexter McCluster, RB, Titans

Rookie RB Bishop Sankey projects as the bell cow. But new HC Ken Whisenhunt figures to find ways to get this dynamic athlete the ball, just like he did with Danny Woodhead last season.

(Beyond kickers and defenses, there’s not much to dislike at this point. Let’s focus on the positives.)

Round 17

17.01 – Cleveland Defense

17.02 – Buffalo Defense

17.03 – Robert Woods, WR, Bills

17.04 – Detroit Defense

17.05 – Chris Givens, WR, Rams

17.06 – New York Jets Defense

17.07 – Jace Amaro, TE, Jets

17.08 – Indianapolis Defense

17.09 – Houston Defense

17.10 – Mike Williams, WR, Bills

17.11 – Josh McCown, QB, Buccaneers

17.12 – Andrew Quarless, TE, Packers

Like it: 17.03 Robert Woods, WR, Bills

Woods showed a fine rapport with E.J Manuel last year. Now he replaces Stevie Johnson in the slot, allowing for solid reception upside.

Round 18

18.01 – Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos

18.02 – Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

18.03 – Mike Tolbert, RB, Panthers

18.04 – Scott Chandler, TE, Bills

18.05 – Mason Crosby, K, Packers

18.06 – Green Bay Defense

18.07 – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals

18.08 – Matt Bryant, K, Falcons

18.09 – Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons

18.10 – Greg Zuerlein, K, Rams

18.11 – Nick Novak, K, Chargers

18.12 – Alex Henery, K, Eagles

Like it: 18.02 Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

Stewart’s main competition for touches is an aging DeAngelo Williams. Plus, the Panthers are expected to favor the run given their lowly WR corps. I have no faith that Stewart stays healthy throughout 2014, but in a best-ball format, that’s fine.

Round 19

19.01 – Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings

19.02 – Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns

19.03 – Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts

19.04 – Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs

19.05 – New York Giants Defense

19.06 – Sebastian Janikowski, K, Raiders

19.07 – Shaun Suisham, K, Steelers

19.08 – Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens

19.09 – Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars

19.10 – Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

19.11 – Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

19.12 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Texans

Like it: 19.02 Andrew Hawkins, WR, Browns

Josh Gordon’s looming suspension opens the door for another Cleveland WR to emerge. Hawkins, a shifty slot man, is the likeliest candidate. Besides, the Browns signed him to a 4-year, $13.6 million deal in March.

Round 20

20.01 – Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Panthers

20.02 – Davis Ausberry, TE, Raiders

20.03 – Ace Sanders, WR, Jaguars

20.04 – Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders

20.05 – Lance Moore, WR, Steelers

20.06 – Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos

20.07 – Rod Streater, WR, Raiders

20.08 – Blair Walsh, K, Vikings

20.09 – Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs

20.10 – Robbie Gould, K, Bears

20.11 – Jermichael Finley, TE, UNS

20.12 – Eli Manning, QB, Giants

Like it: 20.09 Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs

Kelce’s recovering from microfracture surgery, so he’s not the safest of picks. But that risk is mitigated in the 20th round. If healthy, he could push to be the #3 option in the Chiefs’ talent-starved passing game.

Round 21

21.01 – Ryan Succop, K, Chiefs

21.02 – Brandon LaFell, WR, Patriots

21.03 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Buccaneers

21.04 – Kai Forbath, K, Redskins

21.05 – E.J. Manuel, QB, Bills

21.06 – Brent Celek, TE, Eagles

21.07 – Michael Vick, QB, Jets

21.08 – Bilal Powell, RB, Jets

21.09 – Donnie Avery, WR, Chiefs

21.10 – Brandon Myers, TE, Buccaneers

21.11 – Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets

21.12 – Nate Freese, K, Lions

Like it: 21.05 E.J. Manuel, QB, Bills

He’s a guaranteed starter on an offense that’s added weapons around him. Plus, he carries rushing upside. You can’t ask for much more in a QB at this stage in the draft.

Round 22

22.01—Graham Gano, K, Panthers

22.02 – Vincent Brown, WR, Chargers

22.03 – Stepfan Taylor, RB, Cardinals

22.04 – Jordan Todman, RB, Jaguars

22.05 – Nick Folk, K, Jets

22.06 – Marcus Lattimore, RB, 49ers

22.07 – Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins

22.08 – Sam Bradford, QB, Rams

22.09 – Caleb Sturgis, K, Dolphins

22.10 – James White, RB, Patriots

22.11 – Jay Feely, K, Cardinals

22.12 – Mike Nugent, K, Bengals

Like it: 22.10 James White, RB, Patriots

The Pats’ backfield could be wide open if Stevan Ridley continues his fumbling woes. White, a 4th-round rookie, is well worth a flier.

Round 23

23.01 – Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers

23.02 – Dan Carpenter, K, Bills

23.03 – Rob Housler, TE, Cardinals

23.04 – Tampa Bay Defense

23.05 – Tennessee Defense

23.06 – Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Steelers

23.07 – Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Bears

23.08 – Zach Miller, TE, Seahawks

23.09 – Nate Washington, WR, Titans

23.10 – Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots

23.11 – Mike James, RB, Buccaneers

23.12 – Baltimore Defense

Like it: 23.07 Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Bears

Thanks to a loaded Chicago offense, this rookie carries obvious upside in the event that Matt Forte goes down. Carey is the clear-cut #2 RB.

Round 24

24.01 – Davante Adams, WR, Packers

24.02 – David Akers, K, UNS

24.03 – Andre Roberts, WR, Redskins

24.04 – Owen Daniels, TE, Texans

24.05 – Dri Archer, RB, Steelers

24.06 – Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys

24.07 – Nate Burleson, WR, Browns

24.08 – Randy Bullock, K, Texans

24.09 – Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns

24.10 – Philadelphia Defense

24.11 – Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens

24.12 – Marlon Brown, WR, Ravens

Like it: 24.03 Andre Roberts, WR, Redskins

Roberts’ fantasy outlook took a serious hit with the Redskins’ acquisition of DeSean Jackson. Still, this offense projects as pass happy. Roberts remains a decent bet for a few fantasy-starter games.

Round 25

25.01 – Miami Defense

25.02 – Vick Ballard, RB, Colts

25.03 – Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Giants

25.04 – New Orleans Defense

25.05 – Minnesota Defense

25.06 – Josh Brown, K, Giants

25.07 – Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins

25.08 – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals

25.09 – Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Cardinals

25.10 – Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

25.11 – Stephen Hill, WR, Jets

25.12 – Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers

Like it: 25.10 Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

Floyd’s easy to forget about, as he missed almost all of 2013 with a neck injury. He’s looked healthy this summer, though. Plus, there’s no competition for his old #2 WR gig.

Round 26

26.01 – Gavin Escobar, TE, Cowboys

26.02 – Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars

26.03 – Ryan Williams, RB, Cowboys

26.04 – Jerome Simpson, WR, Vikings

26.05 – Dion Lewis, RB, Browns

26.06 – Brandon McManus, K, Giants

26.07 – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals

26.08 – James Starks, RB, Packers

26.09 – Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seahawks

26.10 – Geno Smith, QB, Jets

26.11 – Chris Polk, RB, Eagles

26.12 – Bryce Brown, RB, Bills

Like it: 26.12 Bryce Brown, RB, Bills

You’re just looking for upside in the midnight rounds of drafts. Brown – playing behind 33-year-old Fred Jackson and a slightly built C.J. Spiller – fits the description.

Round 27

27.01 – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions

27.02 – Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings

27.03 – Dallas Defense

27.04 – Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Patriots

27.05 – Shayne Graham, K, Saints

27.06 – Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens

27.07 – David Nelson, WR, Jets

27.08 – Tiquan Underwood, WR, Panthers

27.09 – Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks

27.10 – Lance Kendricks, TE, Rams

27.11 – Matt Schaub, QB, Raiders

27.12 – Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins

Like it: 27.09 Sidney Rice, WR, Seahawks

It’s an ugly round for sure. Rice is among the league’s most fragile players, but he’s at least posted fantasy-friendly numbers before. He tallied a 50-748-7 line in 2012 and doesn’t have a ton of competition for playing time.

Round 28

28.01 – Ed Dickson, TE, Panthers

28.02 – Chad Henne, QB, Jaguars

28.03 – San Diego Defense

28.04 – Rishard Matthews, WR, Dolphins

28.05 – Benny Cunningham, RB, Rams

28.06 – Anthony Fasano, TE, Chiefs

28.07 – Brandon Gibson, WR, Dolphins

28.08 – Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars

28.09 – Jared Abbrederis, WR, Packers

28.10 – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings

28.11 – Adrien Robinson, TE, Giants

28.12 – Brock Osweiler, QB, Broncos

Like it: 28.11 Adrien Robinson, TE, Giants

There’s plenty of size-speed appeal here. Robinson’s currently ticketed for a starting role, too. As the 2nd-to-last pick of the draft (335th overall), he’s an excellent value.


Team 4: I love the RB depth (Andre Ellington, Alfred Morris, Joique Bell and Ryan Mathews) paired with Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. A QB tandem of Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan is excessive, but this team made it work without sacrificing at WR or TE.  

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