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2014 Fantasy Football: 15 ADPs That Will Surprise You

2014 Fantasy Football: 15 ADPs That Will Surprise You

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Whether you want to find value or avoid overpaying, researching the average draft position of fantasy football players is a great way to prepare for your 2014 league. Using the data from Fantasy Football Calculator for a 12-man draft, I have compiled a list of 15 players' ADPs that may surprise you. If you want a leg up on your competition, this is the best place to start.

15. Seattle Seahawks' Defense: ADP- 8.04

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15. Seattle Seahawks' Defense: ADP- 8.04

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The Kansas City Chiefs were widely undrafted last season, but the defense finished third in standard scoring leagues. In the eighth round, Eric Decker, Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo are still available, so it doesn't make sense to reach for a defense this early. Even though the Seattle Seahawks should finish in the top five this season, drafting a defense so early can kill your depth at key positions.

14. Bishop Sankey: ADP- 4.04

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14. Bishop Sankey: ADP- 4.04

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If you draft Bishop Sankey in the fourth round, you are making a pretty big investment in the rookie running back for the Tennessee Titans. With Chris Johnson gone and little competition, however, fantasy owners seem to think he can live up to his hype.

13. Eric Ebron: ADP- 10.08

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13. Eric Ebron: ADP- 10.08

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Fantasy players are very wary of drafting a rookie tight end, but Eric Ebron could quickly become a difference-maker. You can draft him almost two full rounds after Kyle Rudolph, and I think Ebron is worth a chance if you are waiting on your tight ends.

12. Toby Gerhart: ADP- 3.12

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12. Toby Gerhart: ADP- 3.12

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I have seen him go in the sixth round in less competitive leagues, but the hype around Adrian Peterson's former backup is building steam.

11. Cam Newton: ADP- 7.10

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11. Cam Newton: ADP- 7.10

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Cam Newton finished as the third-highest scoring quarterback in 2013, but he isn't getting much love this season. Surgery and a perceived lack of weapons are scaring fantasy players away, but there is little reason to believe Newton can't finish in the top 10 in 2014.

10. Emmanuel Sanders: ADP- 6.05

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10. Emmanuel Sanders: ADP- 6.05

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Most fantasy football players are split down the middle in their views on Emmanuel Sanders. Some believe that any receiver catching passes from Peyton Manning is a value in the sixth round, while others feel he won't accumulate half of the production of Eric Decker last season.

9. Percy Harvin: ADP- 4.11

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9. Percy Harvin: ADP- 4.11

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A fourth-round pick is risky for a player that has only completed one full season in his career. Not only is his injury history a cause for concern, but Percy Harvin plays for a team that loves to run the ball.

8. Greg Olsen: ADP- 7.12

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8. Greg Olsen: ADP- 7.12

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Tight end Greg Olsen has quietly built a nice rapport with Cam Newton over the past two seasons, and the absence of Steve Smith makes Olsen very appealing in the seventh round.

7. Miles Austin: ADP- 14.04

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7. Miles Austin: ADP- 14.04

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With the potential loss of Josh Gordon, it is surprising that Miles Austin is being drafted so late. I can understand his chronic injuries can turn people off, but he is a beast when he can stay on the field. Who else is Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel going to throw to?

6. Ben Roethlisberger: ADP- 11.06

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6. Ben Roethlisberger: ADP- 11.06

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A no-huddle offense appears to have done wonders for Big Ben at the end of last season, and he is a sneaky pick to finish as a top-10 quarterback in 2014.

5. Jason Witten- ADP- 6.10

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5. Jason Witten- ADP- 6.10

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Tight end Jason Witten has received no less than 70 targets since 2007, and he is one of the most reliable fantasy players you could have on your roster. He is a steal in the sixth round.

4. Kelvin Benjamin: ADP- 11.02

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4. Kelvin Benjamin: ADP- 11.02

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Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is a big target for Cam Newton, but it may take the rookie a few weeks to get the system down. With Steve Smith gone, however, Benjamin looks like a solid pick in the 11th round.

3. Reggie Wayne: ADP- 8.01

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3. Reggie Wayne: ADP- 8.01

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His age, recent injury and competition among his fellow receivers have pushed Reggie Wayne into the eighth round. He is set up for a boom-or-bust season.

2. Darren Sproles: ADP- 7.08

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2. Darren Sproles: ADP- 7.08

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Running back Darren Sproles may see as little as five total touches a game, and he will have few opportunities with LeSean McCoy leading the rushing attack. Lamar Miller, Maurice Jones-Drew and Terrance West are still available in the seventh round, and they are set up for a much bigger workload than Sproles.

1. Johnny Manziel: ADP- 11.10

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1. Johnny Manziel: ADP- 11.10

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For a quarterback who isn't guaranteed to start, Johnny Manziel is landing on rosters earlier than other relevant quarterback options. Josh McCown and Ryan Tannehill have potential for break-out seasons in 2014 and are still available in the 13th round, and projected starter Brian Hoyer is going undrafted in leagues.