Fantasy football is back! Now the reports are coming out of camp about a variety of players who fantasy owners are salivating over. Mostly, these are the young guys, the rookies and sophomores, that fantasy managers are keeping their eyes on for sleeper potential.
You know the players I’m talking about, those guys you think that you can grab with a strategic 10th round pick and lord it over your friends when he ends up being a big-time player. I know I am certainly someone who has done that in the past, thanks to Mark Andrews for allowing me to do that.
While the young bloods get the press in camp, it is the veteran stalwarts that often get overlooked. This isn’t simply the media’s problem (oh no…I am the media…) it is the problem for fantasy managers everywhere.
“Why?”, you may ask. Well, dear reader, because this can lead to something we like to call fantasy fatigue. This is where a guy has been so consistent, but not elite, that he isn’t really keeping people’s attention anymore. So they end up slipping in the draft. Remember last year when Stefon Diggs fell to the 5th round? Ya, that still hurts that I didn’t even get him there…
Anyway, I am not here to haunt you with the ghosts of draft picks past, I am here to help you avoid these mistakes in this years draft. These are guys you and others shouldn’t let fall. But probably will because you are just kind of tired of hearing their names. Especially when they’ll never finish as the number 1 player at their position. Sorry, got carried away again. So, without further delay (ado just sounded too hoity toity), let’s check out 3 players who are being hurt by “fantasy fatigue”.
Credit to FantasyData for the ADP’s.
#1 Allen Robinson II WR – Chicago Bears
Allen Robinson has been cursed with some of the absolute worst QB play of any elite WR in the league. Blake Bortles, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, ugh it’s enough to make a man shed a tear. After doing some very brief research, I have confirmed what I had already believed, that A-Rob has finished as a top 10 fantasy football WR two straight years. Quick thank you to FantasyPros for the confirmation. Currently, Robinson is being drafted as the WR12, which is actually BELOW HIS FLOOR!!! Please, don’t fall into this trap of thinking he isn’t going to deliver. Dalton isn’t long for the starting job, and Fields is going to be an absolute stud. Project him as a top 10 WR, playing in a contract year, and reap the rewards of your “bold” move of not letting him fall to his current ADP of 4.04.
#2 Melvin Gordon III RB – Denver Broncos
Another year and another round of hot takes that this is the year Melvin Gordon becomes fantasy football irrelevant. Philip Lindsay was supposed to run him out of town, he ended up run out of town. Gordon was supposed to be a bust after he scored zero touchdowns, but he became a fantasy stud. Stop selling the idea that this man isn’t talented. I refuse to believe that a rookie is going to demand such a high snap count that a guy like Melvin Gordon isn’t going to be a factor in the offense.
Currently going in the 8th round, you could do much worse, and people are. Taking guys like OBJ, Raheem Mostert, and Chase Edmonds ahead of him feels like a losing move. Let someone else do that, be smart and take him a round early, a 7th round pick isn’t so valuable that you can’t afford a swing for the fences kind of pick.
#3 Chris Godwin WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The WR18?! Are you serious? Get out of here with that nonsense. Last season Godwin missed a quarter of the year to injury, so his statline (provided by ESPN) of 65rec, 840yds, and 7TD isn’t what it appears. Extrapolated over a full season this turns into 81rec, 1,050yds, and 9TD. In a league that is ½ PPR that equals 199.5 points, good for WR14 in fantasy football. This ranks ahead of Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, and Terry McLaurin. Remember, he was hurt for most of the year and just played through various ailments. Going in the 5th round on average, this is a guy worth happily taking in the 4th round and watching as he and Tom Brady set the league on fire this season.
So there is some advice for you, please don’t take this as gospel. I am human after all. However, I am pretty sure I am right about this stuff, so…your move.
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