Late-round steals who can be fantasy starters

Brandon Marianne Lee makes her picks for the lowest-ranked fantasy players you can draft as starters for 2016. Load up at other positions and then draft these guys late.

| 10 months ago
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Late-round steals who can be fantasy starters

All preseason you’ve heard about waiting on a certain position. Late-Round Quarterback strategy. Zero-RB. Zero-WR. Ugh, do I even have to draft a tight end?

And yet, someone in your league is going to say that they’re going Zero-RB, and then draft Jamaal Charles. (Seriously, that just happened in my last draft.) The same person who swears by Late-Round Quarterback is going to take Carson Palmer in the seventh round while giving him or herself a pat on the back. Is that really “late,” especially since everyone in the world knows about this strategy?

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can really, REALLY wait. If you’re going to employ one of these strategies, go all in! Here is the lowest-ranked guy that I would take at each position as my starter, if you choose to prioritize other positions in your draft. I give you two running backs and three wide receivers. All ADP numbers were provided by Fantasy Football Calculator.

This is what really waiting on a player looks like, while still getting fantasy starter production.


Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (Current overall APD: 139, 18th QB)

My absolute favorite strategy going into any draft is to wait on quarterback and take two. Yes, have a quarterback on your bench.

I know the cool kids are telling you that you don’t need a backup quarterback, and that is technically true. If you have a Drew Brees or Russell Wilson, you don’t need to keep someone on your bench that you’ll only play in one week. But if you wait, I suggest taking two comparable signal-callers and playing the matchups. It’s so much easier than streaming and you can keep your waiver-wire status and FAAB money for the breakout running backs and wide receivers.

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Brandon Marianne Lee is a PFF Fantasy contributor, a SiriusXM host, co-founder of Her Fantasy Football and was a finalist for FSWA's Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

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