10 Undrafted Rookies Who Will Have Fantasy Football Value in 2013

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10 Undrafted Rookies Who Will Have Fantasy Football Value in 2013

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254 college football players heard their name called in April at the 2013 NFL Draft. Plenty more college football players didn’t hear their name called, but are still in NFL training camp right now. Those are the undrafted rookie free agents and every year, they make an impact.

There are guys that make a team because they have special return skill, but then end up having value at another position as well like Josh Cribbs. Some guys are really good basketball players but decide to give the NFL a go, ending up as fantasy studs like Antonio Gates. Some just have bad luck their final season in college, go undrafted, but emerge as one of the best fantasy players in the game today like Arian Foster.

Every year, undrafted rookies land on fantasy rosters and help them win. They seem to come out of nowhere, but if you really look at a roster's makeup and pay attention to training camp notes, you just might be able to picked up a fantasy difference-maker that nobody has heard of.

That is what this list is about. Who are those guys that, if all the chips go their way, can make an impact on their NFL team — but more importantly your fantasy football team? Some guys made the list because of several injuries at their position opening the door for them to get their shot. Others make the list based on lack of experience on the roster at the given position, or simply a lack of talent at that position. Then, there are those guys that just simply have the talent that will force their coach’s hand.

You can follow Shaun Kernahan on twitter @shaunkernahan, add him to your network on Google, and like Shaun on Facebook.

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10. Benny Cunningham – RB – St. Louis Rams

Benny Cunningham
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There might not be a backfield with less experience than the St. Louis Rams'. With nobody having really secured the role, Benny Cunningham has a chance to make his name known. He had better per game stats in college than any runner on the roster, but flew under the radar since he was at Middle Tennessee State. He will likely make the roster as a fourth back, and if he makes a fantasy impact, it won’t be until mid-to-late season. Still, he's definitely a name to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

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9. Matt Furstenburg – TE – Baltimore Ravens

Matt Furstenburg
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Matt Furstenburg really only makes this list because of the injuries at TE for the Baltimore Ravens. He must prove that he can at least block a little if he is going to get playing time, but if he does, he is athletic and has good hands. He is a bit small for a prototypical TE, but has great body control and will make the catches, which could quickly make him a possession and Red Zone option for Joe Flacco.

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8. Matt Scott – QB – Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Scott
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Matt Scott isn’t a great QB by any means, but he is on the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is currently battling Mike Kafka for the third QB spot, but with the Jags QBs, even being on a practice squad could lead to fantasy value. He is not a guy that will light it up, but if Blaine Gabbert continues to struggle and Chad Henne doesn’t cut it, Scott could get the nod. He had just about a two TD per INT ratio in his senior year at Arizona, and could be a value in two-QB leagues, or a heavy bye week should he find his way into the starting job.

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7. Chad Bumphis – WR – Miami Dolphins

Chad Bumphis
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There has only been one preseason game thus far, and Chad Bumphis was the undrafted star of the game. He had a game-high five grabs for 85 yards and looked good in the spot the Miami Dolphins are missing at slot receiver. He doesn’t have great top speed and is a small receiver, but he is quick and has good hands. He has a shot of being a piece of the game plan right from the jump. He could also add value in the return game, so if you are in a league that adds value to returners, he might become flex-worthy quickly.

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6. Michael Ford – RB – Chicago Bears

Michael Ford
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Matt Forte is questionable seemingly every week, and Michael Bush isn’t an every down back. Michael Ford isn’t a burner, but he can certainly step in and be productive should something happen to Forte. He has okay hands, but is a significantly better option in the passing game than Bush. Ford is not worth rostering right now, but if there is an injury in the backfield for the Chicago Bears, he could be the guy that gets the extra touches.

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5. Jake Stoneburner – TE – Green Bay Packers

Jake Stoneburner
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With the injury to Bryan Bulaga, expect the Green Bay Packers to get creative with their TE looks. While Jake Stoneburner isn’t the best pass blocking TE, he has spent time at Ohio State at WR and FB in addition to TE. So he is versatile, which is what the Packers will need from their TE position. Expect a lot of two-TE sets, and with Stoneburner’s catching ability, he might quickly become the second TE for the Packers, and a nice sleeper during heavy bye weeks.

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4. Cierre Wood – RB – Houston Texans

Cierre Wood
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Plenty of arguments have raged on this off-season about Houston Texans stud RB Arian Foster. Is he primed to fall off? Are there real injury concerns? Has the workload finally caught up to him? If you are one that holds those concerns but still drafted Foster and missed out on his likely handcuff Ben Tate, there might still be a handcuff there for you. Tate has had his share of injury concerns in his career, so don’t be surprised if Cierre Wood steps up and gets some runs. He has the talent, and all he needs is the opportunity -- and said opportunity may present itself in Houston this season.

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3. Joseph Fauria – TE – Detroit Lions

Joseph Fauria
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Joseph Fauria, nephew of former NFL TE Christian Fauria, has all the skills of a starting tight end in the NFL. He is 6-foot-8, 260 pounds of pure athleticism with great hands. He had 46 catches for 637 yards and 12 scores in his senior season. More than that, he took not being drafted well, placed that chip firmly on his shoulder, and went into camp ready to prove himself. Not only has he done just that, but he plans to keep that chip on his shoulder over his entire career and prove people wrong week in and week out. If you have a strong roster late in the draft, Fauria is definitely worth the flyer.

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2. Da’Rick Rogers – WR – Buffalo Bills

Da’Rick Rogers
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Da’Rick Rogers did not go undrafted due to a lack of talent, but instead because of character concerns. Rogers was indefinitely suspended from Tennessee so he had to transfer to Tennessee Tech. In camp, head coach Doug Marrone has had to keep his praise of Rogers to a minimum to keep him level headed, but he is getting run with the first team, and that being the case with an undrafted guy before the first preseason game shows real promise. Granted, the QB situation for the Buffalo Bills leaves something to be desired, but a late round stash or dynasty flyer could be a good value for Rogers.

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1. Zach Sudfeld – TE – New England Patriots

Zach Sudfeld
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There is word out of New England Patriots camp that Jake Ballard, once the favorite to start Week 1, might be at risk of not making the team. One big reason for that is Zach Sudfeld. The big, athletic undrafted rookie out of Nevada has been at the tip of everyone’s tongue after seeing him in camp. He has the size, strength and athleticism that make him look like a long haired Rob Gronkowski. He has been getting plenty of runs with the first team and has already been rising on draft boards. This is the one undrafted rookie you have to draft if you want him, because he won’t be available on the waiver wire.

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10 Undrafted Rookies Who Will Have Fantasy Football Value in 2013

Draft
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

254 college football players heard their name called in April at the 2013 NFL Draft. Plenty more college football players didn’t hear their name called, but are still in NFL training camp right now. Those are the undrafted rookie free agents and every year, they make an impact.

There are guys that make a team because they have special return skill, but then end up having value at another position as well like Josh Cribbs. Some guys are really good basketball players but decide to give the NFL a go, ending up as fantasy studs like Antonio Gates. Some just have bad luck their final season in college, go undrafted, but emerge as one of the best fantasy players in the game today like Arian Foster.

Every year, undrafted rookies land on fantasy rosters and help them win. They seem to come out of nowhere, but if you really look at a roster's makeup and pay attention to training camp notes, you just might be able to picked up a fantasy difference-maker that nobody has heard of.

That is what this list is about. Who are those guys that, if all the chips go their way, can make an impact on their NFL team — but more importantly your fantasy football team? Some guys made the list because of several injuries at their position opening the door for them to get their shot. Others make the list based on lack of experience on the roster at the given position, or simply a lack of talent at that position. Then, there are those guys that just simply have the talent that will force their coach’s hand.

You can follow Shaun Kernahan on twitter @shaunkernahan, add him to your network on Google, and like Shaun on Facebook.

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10. Benny Cunningham – RB – St. Louis Rams

Benny Cunningham
Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

There might not be a backfield with less experience than the St. Louis Rams'. With nobody having really secured the role, Benny Cunningham has a chance to make his name known. He had better per game stats in college than any runner on the roster, but flew under the radar since he was at Middle Tennessee State. He will likely make the roster as a fourth back, and if he makes a fantasy impact, it won’t be until mid-to-late season. Still, he's definitely a name to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

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9. Matt Furstenburg – TE – Baltimore Ravens

Matt Furstenburg
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY

Matt Furstenburg really only makes this list because of the injuries at TE for the Baltimore Ravens. He must prove that he can at least block a little if he is going to get playing time, but if he does, he is athletic and has good hands. He is a bit small for a prototypical TE, but has great body control and will make the catches, which could quickly make him a possession and Red Zone option for Joe Flacco.

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8. Matt Scott – QB – Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Scott
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Scott isn’t a great QB by any means, but he is on the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is currently battling Mike Kafka for the third QB spot, but with the Jags QBs, even being on a practice squad could lead to fantasy value. He is not a guy that will light it up, but if Blaine Gabbert continues to struggle and Chad Henne doesn’t cut it, Scott could get the nod. He had just about a two TD per INT ratio in his senior year at Arizona, and could be a value in two-QB leagues, or a heavy bye week should he find his way into the starting job.

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7. Chad Bumphis – WR – Miami Dolphins

Chad Bumphis
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

There has only been one preseason game thus far, and Chad Bumphis was the undrafted star of the game. He had a game-high five grabs for 85 yards and looked good in the spot the Miami Dolphins are missing at slot receiver. He doesn’t have great top speed and is a small receiver, but he is quick and has good hands. He has a shot of being a piece of the game plan right from the jump. He could also add value in the return game, so if you are in a league that adds value to returners, he might become flex-worthy quickly.

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6. Michael Ford – RB – Chicago Bears

Michael Ford
Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Forte is questionable seemingly every week, and Michael Bush isn’t an every down back. Michael Ford isn’t a burner, but he can certainly step in and be productive should something happen to Forte. He has okay hands, but is a significantly better option in the passing game than Bush. Ford is not worth rostering right now, but if there is an injury in the backfield for the Chicago Bears, he could be the guy that gets the extra touches.

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5. Jake Stoneburner – TE – Green Bay Packers

Jake Stoneburner
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

With the injury to Bryan Bulaga, expect the Green Bay Packers to get creative with their TE looks. While Jake Stoneburner isn’t the best pass blocking TE, he has spent time at Ohio State at WR and FB in addition to TE. So he is versatile, which is what the Packers will need from their TE position. Expect a lot of two-TE sets, and with Stoneburner’s catching ability, he might quickly become the second TE for the Packers, and a nice sleeper during heavy bye weeks.

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4. Cierre Wood – RB – Houston Texans

Cierre Wood
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty of arguments have raged on this off-season about Houston Texans stud RB Arian Foster. Is he primed to fall off? Are there real injury concerns? Has the workload finally caught up to him? If you are one that holds those concerns but still drafted Foster and missed out on his likely handcuff Ben Tate, there might still be a handcuff there for you. Tate has had his share of injury concerns in his career, so don’t be surprised if Cierre Wood steps up and gets some runs. He has the talent, and all he needs is the opportunity -- and said opportunity may present itself in Houston this season.

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3. Joseph Fauria – TE – Detroit Lions

Joseph Fauria
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Joseph Fauria, nephew of former NFL TE Christian Fauria, has all the skills of a starting tight end in the NFL. He is 6-foot-8, 260 pounds of pure athleticism with great hands. He had 46 catches for 637 yards and 12 scores in his senior season. More than that, he took not being drafted well, placed that chip firmly on his shoulder, and went into camp ready to prove himself. Not only has he done just that, but he plans to keep that chip on his shoulder over his entire career and prove people wrong week in and week out. If you have a strong roster late in the draft, Fauria is definitely worth the flyer.

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2. Da’Rick Rogers – WR – Buffalo Bills

Da’Rick Rogers
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Da’Rick Rogers did not go undrafted due to a lack of talent, but instead because of character concerns. Rogers was indefinitely suspended from Tennessee so he had to transfer to Tennessee Tech. In camp, head coach Doug Marrone has had to keep his praise of Rogers to a minimum to keep him level headed, but he is getting run with the first team, and that being the case with an undrafted guy before the first preseason game shows real promise. Granted, the QB situation for the Buffalo Bills leaves something to be desired, but a late round stash or dynasty flyer could be a good value for Rogers.

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1. Zach Sudfeld – TE – New England Patriots

Zach Sudfeld
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

There is word out of New England Patriots camp that Jake Ballard, once the favorite to start Week 1, might be at risk of not making the team. One big reason for that is Zach Sudfeld. The big, athletic undrafted rookie out of Nevada has been at the tip of everyone’s tongue after seeing him in camp. He has the size, strength and athleticism that make him look like a long haired Rob Gronkowski. He has been getting plenty of runs with the first team and has already been rising on draft boards. This is the one undrafted rookie you have to draft if you want him, because he won’t be available on the waiver wire.


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