Fantasy Football 2014: 10 Players Who Will Be Draft Day Values

2014 Fantasy Football: 10 Value Players You Can Wait To Draft

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Finding value is the key to success in any fantasy football draft, and a little bit of luck coupled with that assessment sets the stage for league championships.

Once the top options are off the board at each position, here are 10 players that you can wait to draft with an excellent chance to get a great return on investment.

10. Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

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10. Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

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While I don't see Woodhead producing on the level he did last year, his current 11th-round average draft position in 12-team leagues (via Fantasy Pros.com) means he is still being widely under-appreciated.

9. Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins

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9. Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins

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Clay set career-highs across the board in 2013 (69 catches for 759 yards and six touchdowns) while finishing as a top-10 tight end in ESPN standard leagues. With bigger names at the position certain to go off the board before him, Clay will be a steal for owners that choose to wait on a tight end.

8. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

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8. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

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Rumors of Jackson's demise appear to be greatly exaggerated, as he had 890 rushing yards, 47 receptions and 10 total touchdowns last year (nine rushing). His touches and production are sure to decline if C.J. Spiller stays healthy this year, but Jackson is still Buffalo's primary goal line back and he's a low-risk, high reward option.

7. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

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7. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

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Cutler is not a sure bet to play all 16 games, but Marc Trestman's offense brought out his best when he was healthy last season. A fall down the draft board of a lot of fantasy owners that have lost faith in him makes Cutler a potential draft day steal.

6. Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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6. Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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Richardson burned a lot of fantasy owners who used a first-round pick on him last year with a disappointing season (563 rushing yards). A full offseason with the Colts should help a lot, and I don't see Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard as serious threats to take playing time away from Richardson if he shows any signs of a rebound.

5. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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5. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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Two straight dismal seasons has Bowe's fantasy stock in free fall, but his lone 100-yard game last year came in the playoffs (eight catches for 150 yards and a touchdown) and if Kansas City throws the ball more this year he should be among the chief beneficiaries.

4. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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4. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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Maclin missed all of last season with a torn ACL, but with DeSean Jackson gone he'll be a prominent part of Chip Kelly's offense and has the look of a draft day steal for those that don't forget about him.

3. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

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3. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

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Colston's streak of 1,000-yard seasons came to an end in 2013, as lingering foot issues limited his effectiveness. But he finished strongly, with 41 receptions for 507 yards and four touchdowns over his final six games (including playoffs), so owners that don't disregard Colston are in line to get a WR2 or WR3 at a serious discount.

2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

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2. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins, 2014 Fantasy Football
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If Andre Johnson is traded or holds out well into training camp, Hopkins would become the Texans' No. 1 wide receiver. While that may not sound great on the surface with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, Hopkins is a WR3 with WR2 potential even if Johnson remains in Houston.

1. Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

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1. Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

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A low touchdown total (two) and relatively lackluster yardage output (1,079) obscured Wright's 94 receptions last year. With Ken Whisenhunt in place as head coach and a more diverse offensive scheme coming, Wright's yards per catch average should climb (10.8 for his career) and 100 catches is a real possibility.


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