by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The majority of the time you are going to be selecting your kicker in the last round of your draft. However, and it’s not unreasonable depending on your pick, you may opt to take your kicker towards the end of the next to last round. That almost leaves the last round as a spot where you can take significant risk.
What’s the worst that happens? You “miss” and replace the player off waivers? Big deal.
Unless you have a clear weak point on your team, it makes the most sense to try to hit the big home run with that final pick.
Quarterbacks - There’s a good chance that there will be value to be had in terms of quarterback, but that’s because of how deep the position is this season. Josh Freeman, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden are examples of QBs with an ADP of 150 or higher according to fantasypros.com. However, if more than one of these players are on the board there isn’t the biggest need to roll the dice (especially if you have already drafted your backup). In one QB formats there is no reason to roster 3 QB.
Tight End - It’s a position that is rich in potential sleepers, from Rob Housler to Jordan Cameron to Zach Sudfeld. Of course, the position always seems to uncover gems as the season progresses as well. You will be able to find a replacement off waivers during the season, so unless you are weak at starter or love one of these options more than anyone else, there probably isn’t a reason.
Running Back - Prior to the Le’Veon Bell injury Isaac Redman and/or Jonathan Dwyer would’ve been available, but chances are they are going to quickly climb draft boards. The truth of the matter is, for the most part, any RB who could have significant value is going to be long gone by this point. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be options, here’s a couple of names that are likely going to be worth the gamble if available:
- Bilal Powell – New York Jets – Is Chris Ivory really a lock?
- Shonn Greene – Tennessee Titans – The team could run the ball a lot this season, though Greene holding value would be a long-shot
- Daniel Thomas – Miami Dolphins – The team keeps trying to sell us on a competition, but is anyone buying it? Even so, worth the risk just in case
- Knile Davis – Kansas City Chiefs – Jamaal Charles has had injury issues in the past and Davis would be the one to step in
Wide Receiver - This is really where there could be a lot of potential value, though there is plenty of risk:
- Kenbrell Thompkins – New England Patriots – He could start with Tom Brady at QB, what exactly is there not to like? Of course, his preseason performance is going to start driving up the price tag so don’t count on him being available anymore
- Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – With Josh Gordon suspended for the first four games, Little could really thrive (especially in Norv Turner’s offense)
- Jon Baldwin – San Francisco 49ers – Could a change of scenery be what he needed? Having Colin Kaepernick as his QB now certainly won’t hurt.
- Stephen Hill – New York Jets – It’s not saying much, but he could open the year as the team’s top receiver.
- Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – If healthy he is the team’s top receiver
Let’s be honest, this is fantasy football and we all know the greatest value is finding the diamond in the rough running back. That means, if I’m taking a flier, my first goal would be rolling the dice on Bilal Powell (or a similar back) if he’s still on the board. If not, any of those wide receivers offer plenty of appeal in the final round.
What about you? What are your last round goals?
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