By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on August 7, 2014
A winning fantasy football team is all about selecting the player who will perform the best in the season, rather than the projected best player. Undervalued big-name players will be available later in your fantasy draft who could be just as successful as the top three or four projected players at those positions. Here are 10 players who are undervalued for your 2014 fantasy football draft.
Smart fantasy football players never draft a quarterback too early because there are always players left in later rounds that finish with a decent number of points. While others will jump at names like Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, Cutler, as long as he remains healthy, has the potential to put up huge numbers in 2014.
The Lions have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, so if you are looking for a potential steal as a TE2 or back-up tight end, Ebron is the way to go.
Boykin is a perfect steal as a back-up receiver or a WR3. With James Jones no longer with the team, he should slide into the third receiver position in Aaron Rodgers’ rotation.
The Jets have already come out and implied that Johnson will line up as a receiver at times and, if you go off his stats from the past few seasons, he’s never finished beyond the top 15 as a fantasy running back. If you want to focus on top receivers, Johnson should be a decent pick later in the draft.
Hilton is projected to be selected somewhere after the 25th pick in most fantasy drafts, but, with Andrew Luck at quarterback, Reggie Wayne returning from injury and Hakeem Nicks being acquired in the offseason, defenses will have to back off constantly double-teaming Hilton to guard everyone else.
Don’t be surprised if Walker explodes this season. In 2013, he caught around 60 passes for over 500 yards and six touchdowns, but the offense has stated that he’s looking to add about 20 more receptions in 2014. If Jake Locker stays healthy, Walker could finish as a top 10 fantasy tight-end, who tends to be available in the last few rounds of most fantasy drafts.
Who else is Cam Newton going to throw to? With so many receivers gone from last year, Benjamin will be the go-to receiver for Carolina all season long.
Tate wasn’t given much of an opportunity to shine with the Seattle Seahawks, but in Detroit he will be opposite of the best receiver in the NFL with one of the most pass-happy offenses in the NFL. Tate has a legitimate opportunity to shine in 2014.
Although he had a disappointing season in 2013, he could be on the rebound in 2014. Foster has the talent and the offense around him to have a ton of success; however, his success will go hand-in-hand with the success of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Eli Manning doesn’t even get drafted in most fantasy drafts. Last season was terrible for the former Super Bowl winner, but he could easily have a fantastic 2014. The NFC East is fairly weak defensively; Manning is a must-have as a back-up quarterback.
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