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Fantasy Football 2014: 10 Players Who Are Risky But Worth It

Fantasy Football: 10 Players Worth the Risk

10 Fantasy football players worth risk in 2014 draft
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If you want to win it all in your fantasy league, then you have to take some chances. However, taking chances doesn't mean being foolish, it means having the foresight to make the right call for a player who's in the optimum situation. Some players will face redemption seasons whilst others will try to establish their names amongst the elite. Here's my list of players who are worth the risk -- possibly even overdrafting -- this season.

10. Doug Martin (ADP 23.8)

Fantasy football 2014 Doug Martin worth draft risk
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10. Doug Martin (ADP 23.8)

Fantasy football 2014 Doug Martin worth draft risk
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Coming off a season where he suffered a Braxton Miller-like season-ending injury due to a labral tear in his shoulder, fantasy owners should feel confident about drafting RB Doug Martin in the second round. The injury was basically a freak incident that could have happened to anybody, and Martin will look to bounce back in 2014 with his ability to eat up yards in the run game and in the air. Trust this guy and he'll reward you for it.

9. Toby Gerhart (ADP 46.0)

Fantasy football 2014 Toby Gerhart worth draft risk
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9. Toby Gerhart (ADP 46.0)

Fantasy football 2014 Toby Gerhart worth draft risk
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As the No. 1 RB on the Jacksonville Jaguars, Toby Gerhart will see all of the touches he can handle to make up for the lost years as Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota. Gerhart is a hard-nose runner who's not afraid of contact, and he's the clear-cut RB of choice for the Jags in the red zone. Expect the QB play to improve this season with Blake Bortles behind Chad Henne to push him so that their offense will reach the end zone a lot more.

8. Zach Ertz (ADP 117.4)

Fantasy football 2014 Zach Ertz worth draft risk
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8. Zach Ertz (ADP 117.4)

Fantasy football 2014 Zach Ertz worth draft risk
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Move over Brent Celek. QB Nick Foles has proclaimed that Zach Ertz is like his former Arizona Wildcats college teammate Rob Gronkowski. That's music to the ears of anybody who's looking for Ertz to be their TE1. Since the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to run a two-TE system like the NE Patriots did when they had Aaron Hernandez, Ertz should be in a position to thrive. Ertz will be targeted in the red zone a lot, so he's going to score TDs.

7. Jordan Reed (ADP 86.4)

Fantasy football 2014 Jordan Reed worth draft risk
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7. Jordan Reed (ADP 86.4)

Fantasy football 2014 Jordan Reed worth draft risk
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I know that he has some issues with concussions, but TE Jordan Reed is too good to pass up on. Washington QB Robert Griffin III and Reed developed some beautiful chemistry last season and Reed showed his WR-like ability to extend the play after the catch. Reed won't be high on the lists of your opponents, so you can actually stock up on RBs and WRs and still pick this guy up in rounds 7-8, or maybe even later.

6. Jarrett Boykin (ADP 161.8)

Fantasy football 2014 Jarrett Boykin worth draft risk
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6. Jarrett Boykin (ADP 161.8)

Fantasy football 2014 Jarrett Boykin worth draft risk
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NFL analysts are comparing Green Bay Packers rookie TE Richard Rodgers to 49ers legendary TE Brent Jones, but I'll have to see him dominate this season to believe it. As the Packers begin the year with high hopes and uncertainty at the TE spot, the No. 3 WR position has become a lot more significant for them, and Jarrett Boykin is a man to be trusted. Boykin stepped up big for the Packers when Randall Cobb went down, so he'll breakout in 2014.

5. Reggie Wayne (ADP 91.6)

Fantasy football 2014 Reggie Wayne worth draft risk
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5. Reggie Wayne (ADP 91.6)

Fantasy football 2014 Reggie Wayne worth draft risk
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He'll be 36 in November, but this old horse ain't done yet. WR Reggie Wayne is Andrew Luck's security blanket and Luck had a noticeable dip in performance after Wayne suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Wayne is playing for pride this year as he looks to bounce back and regain his form, and he's also playing for his last opportunity at winning another Super Bowl since he's in the final year of his contract. Look for him to go all out this year.

4. Julian Edelman (ADP 71.4)

Fantasy football 2014 Julian Edelman worth draft risk
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4. Julian Edelman (ADP 71.4)

Fantasy football 2014 Julian Edelman worth draft risk
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With WR Danny Amendola and TE Rob Gronkowski always at risk for serious injuries, WR Julian Edelman is definitely a guy who is worth the risk. He caught 100-plus balls last year so you could say he's QB Tom Brady's new "Wes Welker". Edelman may be undersized, but he's tough and he also has a great pair of hands. When Brady likes a guy, he continues to feed him, so look for Edelman to finish with the most catches again for NE in 2014.

3. Brandin Cooks (ADP 103.2)

Fantasy football 2014 Brandin Cooks worth draft risk
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3. Brandin Cooks (ADP 103.2)

Fantasy football 2014 Brandin Cooks worth draft risk
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Speed doesn't lie and Brandin Cooks' 4.31 40-yard dash time earned him a $100,000 prize from his Adidas shoe sponsor. He will use that blistering speed to earn the respect of defenses because he was placed in an offensive system that best fits his set of skills on the Saints. Cooks isn't ranked high, but for a rookie, he's climbing up the draft boards, so don't scan down too far when looking for him, and make sure to snatch him up as a flex.

2. T.Y. Hilton (ADP 66.4)

Fantasy football 2014 T.Y. Hilton worth draft risk
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2. T.Y. Hilton (ADP 66.4)

Fantasy football 2014 T.Y. Hilton worth draft risk
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With good hands, great speed and an excellent quarterback, WR T.Y. Hilton is looking to explode this season. The Indianapolis Colts added WR Hakeem Nicks for depth, but I can't see him as a threat to Hilton's job. Hilton is next in line to replace veteran WR Reggie Wayne and he may even take over the reigns this season as Luck's preferred option. I think 2014 will be the year that Luck and Hilton become a dynamic duo, so don't miss out.

1. Nick Foles (ADP 62.0)

Fantasy football 2014 Nick Foles worth draft risk
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1. Nick Foles (ADP 62.0)

Fantasy football 2014 Nick Foles worth draft risk
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After coming off an incredible year where he passed for 27 TDs in just 13 games, Nick Foles is going to be the ultimate hit or miss player in your fantasy league. Will he throw for 30-plus TDs this season without DeSean Jackson, or will he have a sophomore slump type of year? Who knows, but that's the joy of fantasy football. Personally, I believe Foles will make a case to be called a top five QB in the league after this season. Draft him.

Walton Yeboah-Amoako is an NBA writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @WaltYeboah, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google