We’ve made it to training camp and that can only mean one thing… draft season will soon be upon us! Mock Drafts are being made and with each draft the market is gradually being defined. A player’s ADP might experience drastic shifts in a matter of days, yet there are still some guys that are being significantly undervalued. In this piece, I will evaluate some players that are (as of now) being undervalued and most likely not deemed relevant by the regular Fantasy Football player. However for us opportunity seekers, there’s always value where most don’t see it!
Here are five players worth looking out for:
1. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys (ADP 249)
With the diaspora of receivers in Dallas, Cole Beasley might be one of the best value players in redraft leagues this season. With an ADP of around 249, Beasley certainly will receive an upgrade over his 63 targets and 36 receptions of the 2017 campaign. Jason Witten and Dez Bryant have both left AT&T Stadium, and they were targeted 235 times throughout 2017 (48.4% of targets). It’s likely that Cole Beasley will undoubtedly gain a slice of this big target pie! That being said, Beasley might be Dak Prescott’s go-to guy, thus making him an efficient producer for your fantasy lineups.
2. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars (ADP 212)
I guess there’s a trend in the market of undervaluing the Jaguars’ offensive weapons. Sure, Marqise Lee is a mid/late round pick, but most of the Jags players are borderline undrafted. That’s the case with Keelan Cole, Jacksonville’s most prolific player during the 2017 Fantasy Playoffs. In six starts, Cole was targeted 83 times with 42 receptions, amassing 748 yards and 3 TDs.
In the offseason, the Jaguars have brought in Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Donte Moncrief, adding to the receiver base that already includes Dede Westbrook and Lee. Nevertheless, Keelan Cole might be one of the best value players in 2018 as he was one of Blake Bortles’ preferred targets last season.
3. Hayden Hurst – Baltimore Ravens (ADP 181)
Look, I know it’s difficult to trust rookie Tight Ends. Evan Engram’s first rate production last year was a clear outlier. However, Hayden Hurst is a very good Tight End, with sure hands and grit. Benjamin Watson was targeted 79 times last season, which was good for 12th best for his position; and he’s now moved on to the Saints. Joe Flacco most definitely has a crush for his Tight Ends (see Watson, Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gilmore etc.). Sure, Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle will compete for the starting gig, but Hurst may be a crazy steal in redraft leagues and dynasty rookie drafts.
4. Jordan Wilkins – Indianapolis Colts (ADP 217):
Well, the Colts have a crowded backfield and there are still question marks over how fit Andrew Luck will be come September – which means the Indy offense might be a hot mess this season.
However, there’s always hope for rookie running backs, and Jordan Wilkins represents the only player in the depth chart that displays the traits of a much desired ‘Three Down Back’. Marlon Mack might not be a reliable leading back (as shown last season) and Nyheim Hines possesses the tools to be a third down back, opening space for a finesse and workload accustomed player in Jordan Wilkins. He was a prolific runner at Ole Miss, while also being an above average pass catcher. Watch for him to provide a positive surprise at training camp, and whilst he may not be the starter by Week 1, he can be a good waiver wire pickup during the season.
5. Nick Vannett – Seattle Seahawks (ADP 381)
The Seattle Seahawks offense has huge question marks for the 2018 NFL Season. A whole bunch of departures, almost no reinforcements (outside of Rashaad Penny) and the Legion of Boom dismantled. That almost certainly will mean the Seahawks will be playing behind on the scoreboard. While that’s bad news for the competitive side of things for (the few) offensive options, there are solid opportunities and Nick Vannett might be one of the beneficiaries. Paul Richardson, Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson are all gone, and the only reliable weapon for Wilson in this offense is Doug Baldwin. Sure, Baldwin is a target hog (and will have a substantial chunk of vacant targets) but Vannett can capitalize. He is a vertical, athletic Tight End which has the potential to pile on TDs and middle of the field catches. Keep in mind, with the departures on the offense, there are 217 targets from last season unaccounted for. Vannett can be a good streaming Tight End option for deeper leagues or dynasty.
So there we have it, my five super-low ADP candidates for 2018.
By Gabriel Cabistani – @gtcabistani
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