By Billy Moy @william_moy6 on August 8, 2014
Heading into every season there are players who are overvalued and their are also players who are undervalued. Here are five players who have been bargains so far in auction drafts in 2014.
Rivers is currently 15th in average auction value, going for just $ 2.7 in ESPN leagues despite finishing 2013 sixth among quarterbacks in fantasy points and tallying at least 18 fantasy points in eight games. It's not a bad idea to load up at RB/WR/TE and snag Rivers and another sub-$ 5 quarterback like Jay Cutler, Tony Romo or Matt Ryan.
Hill is currently going for just $ 1.3 in ESPN leagues. The rookie is expected to take over the BenJarvus Green-Ellis role in the Bengals' offense which should lead to plenty of carries, especially in short yardage situations (which include the extremely valuable goal-line opportunities). This is best-case scenario, but Hill could end up with double-digit touchdowns. If he does he'll be an unbeatable value.
Jackson finished 10th last season among RBs with 175 fantasy points, and he had 10 weeks of double-digit fantasy points and 12 weeks in which he scored at least eight for fantasy owners. Despite his successful 2013, Jackson can be had for just $ 3.5 according to ESPN's ADP. That's $ 6 less than Steven Jackson is going for, $ 8 less than Ray Rice and $ 9 less than Trent Richardson. That's a bargain.
Trent Richardson isn't good, and you can get Ahmad Bradshaw for $ 1 in almost every auction (he's not even being bid on in most ESPN auctions). Bradshaw was productive before he got hurt last season (29 fantasy points in the two games prior to his injury), and it wouldn't surprise me if a healthy Bradshaw supplants Richardson as the Colts' starter at some point this season.
You can get Gordon for $ 3 in your average ESPN auction at the moment. Why not take a flier on the No. 1 receiver from last season? There's a chance he only misses somewhere around eight games, and if that happens you've scored yourself an elite receiver for virtually nothing at all for your playoff push. Talk about value.
But for as long as Gordon is suspended, someone else is going to have to be the primary target in Cleveland. Austin has been productive throughout his career whenever he isn't hurt, and as of now he's healthy and atop the Browns' WR depth chart. Austin -- like Bradshaw -- isn't even being bid on in most ESPN leagues, so there's a strong chance you could get him for only $ 1.
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