By: Alex Fozard (Twitter: @FFZard)
5 Impact Players with ADPs 10th Round and Lower
*ADP data courtesy of Fantasy Football Calculator
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN, ADP 11.10
There seems to be a lot of hate for the red rocket in the fantasy community, but the facts are he has been a solid fantasy QB for a few years. Last season Dalton finished as the 10th best QB in standard leagues, playing in all 16 games. This could be considered a down year for Dalton as he lost two of his trusted WRs (Sanu and Jones), AJ Green missed 6 games and Tyler Eifert missed 8 games. Because of this he was forced to work with a mediocre supporting cast for most of the season, and he still managed to throw for over 4000 yards. Although he only threw for 18 TDs last season, he was the only QB to throw for over 4000 yards have less than 20 TDs, expect those numbers to come up, especially with a healthy AJ Green, Tyler Eifert and the addition of rookies John Ross and Joe Mixon.
DeAndre Washington, RB, OAK, ADP 13.10
The last time we saw Marshawn Lynch was in Seattle in 2015, where he only appeared in 7 games, and was ineffective all year, posting a near career low 3.8 YPC. Two years later Lynch is now 31 years old, an age where RBs can fall off a cliff, if they even make it that far. With his age, injury history and length of career it’s fair to wonder how long will Lynch stay healthy, or what will his workload be? Enter DeAndre Washington. Washington was very effective working behind Latavius Murray last season, averaging 5.4 YPC and piling up over 500 all-purpose yards. All reports from Raiders camp and preseason snaps indicate that Washington will be the man to take on the majority of the work if anything happens to Lynch. With a strong offensive line and explosive passing game, Washington would be poised to put up at least RB2 numbers if/when Lynch is injured or ineffective.
Cameron Brate, TE, TB, ADP 13.12
Last years 6th best TE is almost going undrafted this year. Brate broke out last year in a big way, becoming one of Jameis Winston’s favorite redzone targets, as he grabbed 8 TDs, which tied the league lead for TEs. In the offseason Tampa Bay heavily invested in their offense, signing DeSean Jackson, drafting WR Chris Godwin in the 3rd round, and of course, TE OJ Howard in the 1st. Most likely drafters are avoiding Brate due to the addition of OJ Howard to the offense, but Brate can’t be ignored at this value. Rookie TEs are rarely effective, with the exception of last year, so I don’t expect Howard to take too much work away from Brate. Reports from camp indicate the Howard will primarily be a run block, leaving more routes for Brate to run. The Tampa Bay offense should take another step forward this season, and Brate should be in line for plenty of redzone opportunities, although he may not lead the league in TDs again, he certainly can’t be ignored at this value.
Adam Thielen, WR, MIN, ADP 11.04
If you thought that Stefon Diggs was the Vikings best WR you’d be wrong, it was Adam Thielen. In a standard league Thielen finished the 27th best WR, meanwhile his counter part Diggs was merely the 43rd best WR. Between the two, Thielen is also the better value, hes going nearly 5 rounds lower than Diggs. Thielen became one of Bradford’s favourite targets last year, on his way to nearly 1000 yards and 5 TDs. He should only get better as he and Bradford have their first camp together. Thielen is clearly a big part of the Vikings plans as he was rewarded with 4 year deal in the offseason. In the preseason, Thielen has primarily been working in the slot, which should lead to higher percentage routes and more catches. He could again push for 1000 yards and 5+ TDs as the Vikings most consistent WR.
Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ ADP 14.06
There really isn’t much to like on the Jets roster, but one thing is true, someone has to catch the football, and by all indications it’s Robby Anderson. When Quincy Enunwa went down earlier in the offseason Anderson became locked in as the teams WR1. As the Jets top WR Anderson could be looking at 100+ targets definitely making him fantasy relevant. Fortunately for his value, Josh McCown will be the starting QB for the Jets. McCown may not be a great QB, but he is certainly the best option the roster, in 5 games as the Browns QB he was able to throw for over 300 yards twice. As a 2nd year pro Anderson is somehow the most established WR on the roster, and perhaps the most talented. Since the Jets appear to be tanking as hard as the 76ers of the past there will be plenty of passing opportunities and Anderson will be the beneficiary, I believe he’s a candidate for 1000 yards, he’s the only #1 WR you can get this late.