2013 Fantasy Football: 5 Valuable Players Flying Under the Radar

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5 Players To Grab in Rounds 5-7 (10-Team Standard Leagues)

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Anybody can draft a Fantasy Football team. Heck, you can even left the computer pick the majority of your team and be very competitive. But drafting a league-winning team is a very hard thing to do. The odds of doing this of course decrease depending on the number of teams in your league, but most owners have about a 10% chance of taking home their championship.

Balance is the key to a winning team. To do that, the owner must really get value in the middle rounds. Let's face it, it doesn't take the most knowledgeable owner to pick the first four rounds of a draft. The top 40 picks or so, are usually proven, big-name players. It's the middle rounds where you win or lose your league.

Owners need to get proven running backs, top wide outs and elite quarterbacks early on. The middle rounds are used to add quality depth to those positions or to get great value. Tight end is not a hot position this year and the best way I've heard it put is that if you're not taking Jimmy Graham early, you're probably better off waiting until the later rounds to get a TE. (So there won't be any in this slideshow.)

So with all that in mind, we'll take a look at five quality players going in rounds five though seven in 2013 mock drafts. Of course you have to keep in mind that each site's mock results are greatly influenced by pre-draft rankings. But for the most part, these players are going in the middle rounds:

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Matthew Stafford

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Believe it or not, Stafford is going in the middle rounds consistently this year. There are lots of dual-threat QBs overshadowing him, but I believe he could again flirt with 5,000 yards passing. Stafford has more weapons than he's had in awhile and the Detroit offense is going to be flying high all year. If you can grab Stafford in the sixth or seventh, pull the trigger.

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Dwayne Bowe

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I thought there was no way Bowe would slip down mock draft boards like he has this year. There's nothing wrong with taking him early on, but if he happens to be available to you in the fifth round, don't hesitate to pick him. The WR is in for a monster year with Alex Smith throwing him the ball in Andy Reid's new offense.

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Antonio Brown

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The outlook for the Steelers in 2013 is not that great. But Brown's fantasy outlook has never been better. With Mike Wallace out of the picture in Pittsburgh, Brown will surely become Big Ben's top target. He's never caught more than 69 balls in a season, but that will also change this year. It's not unrealistic to think that he could rack up 1,200 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 2013. Brown is a sure thing in the sixth round but there's nothing wrong with taking him in the fifth.

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Steve Johnson

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If there's one word to describe Johnson, it's consistent. The WR has amassed at least 1,000-yards receiving and six touchdowns, each of the past three seasons. You can say what you want about the QB situation in Buffalo, but Johnson is still going to be the Bills' top wide out. He's going in the seventh round consistently and if you need a receiver there, it's hard to argue there would be a safer picker.

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Rashard Mendenhall

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Mendenhall is probably my top sleeper pick of 2013. This the fresh start he needed and I look for him to take full advantage of it. The RB is reportedly healthy and he's also going to be playing for a contract. After injury problems during the first part of his career, Arizona signed him to just a one-year deal. Mendenhall is going late in the seventh round and I've even seen him drop lower. If you want a backup RB with a high ceiling, he's your guy.

 

 

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5 Players To Grab in Rounds 5-7 (10-Team Standard Leagues)

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

Anybody can draft a Fantasy Football team. Heck, you can even left the computer pick the majority of your team and be very competitive. But drafting a league-winning team is a very hard thing to do. The odds of doing this of course decrease depending on the number of teams in your league, but most owners have about a 10% chance of taking home their championship.

Balance is the key to a winning team. To do that, the owner must really get value in the middle rounds. Let's face it, it doesn't take the most knowledgeable owner to pick the first four rounds of a draft. The top 40 picks or so, are usually proven, big-name players. It's the middle rounds where you win or lose your league.

Owners need to get proven running backs, top wide outs and elite quarterbacks early on. The middle rounds are used to add quality depth to those positions or to get great value. Tight end is not a hot position this year and the best way I've heard it put is that if you're not taking Jimmy Graham early, you're probably better off waiting until the later rounds to get a TE. (So there won't be any in this slideshow.)

So with all that in mind, we'll take a look at five quality players going in rounds five though seven in 2013 mock drafts. Of course you have to keep in mind that each site's mock results are greatly influenced by pre-draft rankings. But for the most part, these players are going in the middle rounds:

2 of 6

Matthew Stafford

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

Believe it or not, Stafford is going in the middle rounds consistently this year. There are lots of dual-threat QBs overshadowing him, but I believe he could again flirt with 5,000 yards passing. Stafford has more weapons than he's had in awhile and the Detroit offense is going to be flying high all year. If you can grab Stafford in the sixth or seventh, pull the trigger.

3 of 6

Dwayne Bowe

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

I thought there was no way Bowe would slip down mock draft boards like he has this year. There's nothing wrong with taking him early on, but if he happens to be available to you in the fifth round, don't hesitate to pick him. The WR is in for a monster year with Alex Smith throwing him the ball in Andy Reid's new offense.

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Antonio Brown

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

The outlook for the Steelers in 2013 is not that great. But Brown's fantasy outlook has never been better. With Mike Wallace out of the picture in Pittsburgh, Brown will surely become Big Ben's top target. He's never caught more than 69 balls in a season, but that will also change this year. It's not unrealistic to think that he could rack up 1,200 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 2013. Brown is a sure thing in the sixth round but there's nothing wrong with taking him in the fifth.

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Steve Johnson

USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

If there's one word to describe Johnson, it's consistent. The WR has amassed at least 1,000-yards receiving and six touchdowns, each of the past three seasons. You can say what you want about the QB situation in Buffalo, but Johnson is still going to be the Bills' top wide out. He's going in the seventh round consistently and if you need a receiver there, it's hard to argue there would be a safer picker.

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Rashard Mendenhall

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USA Today Sports

Mendenhall is probably my top sleeper pick of 2013. This the fresh start he needed and I look for him to take full advantage of it. The RB is reportedly healthy and he's also going to be playing for a contract. After injury problems during the first part of his career, Arizona signed him to just a one-year deal. Mendenhall is going late in the seventh round and I've even seen him drop lower. If you want a backup RB with a high ceiling, he's your guy.


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