12 lists to help you dominate your fantasy draft

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12 lists to help you dominate your fantasy draft

Over the last two weeks our staff has been hard at work cultivating several lists to get you prepped for your fantasy drafts. With the final weekend of drafts now upon us, I pulled together these lists into one single resource to help you dominate your draft.

The list titles link off to the original articles, so you can see the logic behind each player’s inclusion. Before you go through the lists, I suggest you give Mike Clay’s ultimate fantasy draft board a thorough read. You should also check out Joey Cartolano’s 5 draft strategies to win your league.


10 Fantasy Breakout Candidates

Fantasy championships are often won by teams who correctly identify breakout players on draft day. Here are 10 players primed for a 2015 breakout.

1. C.J. Anderson, RB Broncos

2. Brandin Cooks, WR Saints

3. Travis Kelce, TE Chiefs

4. Jordan Matthews, WR Eagles

5. Amari Cooper, WR Raiders

6. Ameer Abdullah, RB Lions

7. Allen Robinson, WR Jaguars

8. Latavius Murray, RB Raiders

9. Melvin Gordon, RB Chargers

10. John Brown, WR Cardinals


5 High-Risk, High-Reward Fantasy Options

With reward, there is often risk. Fantasy owners with a high tolerance for risk may want to consider these players.

1. Ryan Tannehill, QB Dolphins

2. Adrian Peterson, RB Vikings

3. Melvin Gordon, RB Chargers

4. Calvin Johnson, WR Lions

5. Victor Cruz, WR Giants


4 Most Underrated Fantasy Quarterbacks

Looking for a value at quarterback? These four players may fit the bill.

1. Cam Newton, Panthers

2. Tony Romo, Cowboys

3. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers

4. Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings


10 Most Underrated Fantasy Running Backs

Running back can be a very challenging position to navigate after the first 10-15 players are off the board. Highlight these players on your draft list, and you’ll have a leg up on your competition.

1. Mark Ingram, Saints

2. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

3. Andre Ellington, Cardinals

4. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars

5. LeGarrette Blount, Patriots

6. Chris Ivory, Jets

7. Bishop Sankey, Titans

8. Shane Vereen, Giants

9. Duke Johnson, Browns

10. Roy Helu, Raiders


9 Most Underrated Fantasy Wide Receivers

Value is the name of the game on draft day. All of these receivers offer the potential for an excellent return on investment.

1. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers

2. Steve Smith, Ravens

3. Anquan Boldin, 49ers

4. Kendall Wright, Titans

5. Stevie Johnson, Chargers

6. Eric Decker, Jets

7. Brian Quick, Rams

8. DeVante Parker, Dolphins

9. Rueben Randle, Giants


5 Underrated Fantasy Tight Ends

If you don’t get Rob Gronkowski, you may be best served waiting and grabbing one of these tight ends.

1. Zach Ertz, Eagles

2. Jordan Cameron, Dolphins

3. Delanie Walker, Titans

4. Eric Ebron, Lions

5. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings


5 Rookies You Should Actually Draft

Sure, everyone knows about Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, and Amari Cooper, but here are five deeper rookies you should consider this year.

1. Tyler Lockett, WR Seahawks

2. David Johnson, RB Cardinals

3. Marcus Mariota, QB Titans

4. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR Titans

5. Josh Robinson, RB Colts


20 Players the Experts Like Most for Fantasy

We have beat writers from around the league nearly every day on our SiriusXM show. Here’s who they’ve talked up the most.

1. Eddie Lacy, RB Packers

2. Greg Olsen, TE Panthers

3. Jonathan Stewart, RB Panthers

4. Devin Funchess, WR Panthers

5. Carlos Hyde, RB 49ers

6. Zach Ertz, TE Eagles

7. Eddie Royal, WR Bears

8. Alshon Jeffery, WR Bears

9. Owen Daniels, TE Broncos

10. Peyton Manning, QB Broncos

11. Andre Ellington, RB Cardinals

12. Travis Kelce, TE Chiefs

13. Jamaal Charles, RB Chiefs

14. Eric Ebron, TE Lions

15. Stevie Johnson, WR Chargers

16. Jason Witten, TE Cowboys

17. Richard Rodgers, TE Packers

18. Todd Gurley, RB Rams

19. Tyler Eifert, TE Bengals

20. Marvin Jones, WR Bengals


10 Players the Experts Say to Avoid for Fantasy

With the good, there also is the bad (and sometimes the ugly). Here are the players the beat writers like the least.

1. Jimmy Graham, TE Seahawks

2. Christine Michael, RB Seahawks

3. Terrance Williams, WR Cowboys

4. Alfred Blue, RB Texans

5. Jeremy Maclin, WR Chiefs

6. Knile Davis, RB Chiefs

7. Vernon Davis, TE 49ers

8. Virgil Green, TE Broncos

9. Cody Latimer, WR Broncos

10. Davante Adams, WR Packers


4 ADP Swaps for Your Draft

Why pay the premium price when you can get a similar player several rounds later?

1. Cam Newton instead of Matt Ryan

2. LeGarrette Blount instead of Carlos Hyde

3. Vincent Jackson instead of Mike Evans

4. Jordan Reed instead of Jordan Cameron


5 Players Who Can Win Your League

You’re not going to win your league on draft day, but these players will put you on the path to a fantasy championship.

1. DeVante Parker, WR Dolphins

2. Buck Allen, RB Ravens

3. Cam Newton, QB Panthers

4. Khiry Robinson, RB Saints

5. Breshad Perriman, WR Ravens


10 Players Who Can Destroy Your Fantasy Team

Like the Beastie Boys once said, “listen all y’all, it’s a sabotage!”

1. Peyton Manning, QB Broncos

2. Matthew Stafford, QB Lions

3. Eli Manning, QB Giants

4. Matt Forte, RB Bears

5. LeSean McCoy, RB Bills

6. Doug Martin, RB Buccaneers

7. Brandon Marshall, WR Jets

8. Sammy Watkins, WR Bills

9. Jimmy Graham, TE Seahawks

10. Dwayne Allen, TE Colts


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  • belmarphil

    Buck Allen? The guy fumbled going into the endzone and has averaged 2 yds a carry this preseason. Lol

  • http://www.naidle.com/ naidle

    I’m still amazed experts believe Ertz on the Eagles has any shot of being a stud. He always makes these lists but won’t even start or see red zone targets.

    I won’t even get into TE usage under Chip Kelly…

    • John Gaudino

      Exactly and Celek is the starting TE anyway. I would avoid Ertz myself

      • Tyler Campbell

        The only reason Celek is the starting TE is because he’s a better blocker than Ertz. Chip Kelly runs multiple formations with Ertz and Celek in the game at the same time. The only bad thing about having Ertz as a fantasy player is he’s not a consistent go to player for the Eagles. Not because he can’t be, but because Chip Kelly sets up his offense to get the ball to THE open player, not just consistently targeting one.

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  • enai D

    Lol yeah, I’ll avoid Macklin despite the fact that all signs point to him drastically overperforming his ADP… C’mon PFF