Late Round Picks

I preface this with a fact. These recommendations are late round pickups that MAY have some value. By no means do I advise drafting these guys any earlier then round 11 or 12. They are more the fill in guys at the end of your draft.

Assuming your drafts are PPR leagues these players might….just might help you get over the top. Many fantasy players stop caring at the end of the draft and just fill it in with old has beens, defenses, and kickers. I’m that guy that won’t even pickup a kicker or D until opening day. I grab every sleeper, unknown, or underachiever that just might break out this year. You never know when the injury bug may hit you. Or worse yet you draft a team where every player is on a bye. I also firmly do not believe in drafting players based on their bye weeks. I believe in grabbing the best player available at that moment. I deal with the bye weeks after the fact. Alas, I digress, back to the point at hand. (please note this list is in no particular order).

1.  Mike Thomas  JAX – AC Slater (an avid flukie reader) has been singing his praises of late. I had written about him earlier this offseason. I still like Mr Thomas but he is facing competition for the WR2 spot. Remember washed up Troy Williamson? Thomas had 500 yards and 48 receptions as a rookie. He will improve on those numbers. I project 700 yards, roughly 60 catches, and 4 TDs. Drawbacks? He is small and might get his bell rung. He is also on a run first offense featuring MJD. I don’t love WRs on run first teams. Add to that another amazing wide out in Sims-Walker and Thomas may disappoint.

2. Mohamed Massaquoi CLE – He is starting to get some press in the fantasy community. I still think you can wait till round 14 to grab him in 12 team leagues (unless you live in Ohio). The drawback to Massaquoi is again the run first mentality in Cleveland. There have been some injuries early on at RB so this leaves the door open to an increased aerial presence. We all know that Delhomme likes to throw interceptions. That all being said Massaquoi had 34 catches, 624 yards, and 3 TDs on a horrific Cleveland roster in 2009. He is the #1 WR in Cleveland. I know the age old adage that a fantasy player would rather have a WR #3/4 on a good passing team then a #1 WR on a bad team. I’m not sure Cleveland is that bad anymore and lets not forget these are flier picks anyway.

3. James Davis CLE – He was a RB that showed tons of promise in his rookie 2009 year until he got hurt in a “bonus” session of practice. Hardesty and Hillis are hurt. This opens the door for Harrision and Davis. For some UNKNOWN reason Harrison can not get out of Mangini’s dog house. Davis is getting tons of reps early on. Maybe just maybe Davis can overtake Harrision.

4. Brian Hartline MIA – Someone is going to line up opposite of Brandon Marshall. Hartline had the best yards after the catch in Miami last year. He has burst that the other scrub WRs don’t possess. It’s a gut call but I believe Hartline will be the starting #2 WR in Miami on opening day. Miami is still a RUN first team but with Henne’s development I feel the pass may start to come back.

5. Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK – Someone other than Zach Miller HAS to catch the ball in Oakland. Reports out of camp our positive so far with Bey. Granted, they don’t have much of a choice since Schilens and Murphy are still hurt. Call me an optomist but I’m feeling Oakland this year with Campbell and I think Bey is going to surprise you.

6. Tony Scheffler DET – He can’t block to save his life but the ball sticks to him like Teflon. Scheffler is more like a WR then a TE. Going for a backup TE like Tony isn’t a bad play. Pettigrew was highly touted for Detroit last year before he got banged up last year. I see two TE sets with Scheffler lining up like a WR. Lets not forget his fantasy glory days with Mike Shanahan.

7. Chris Chambers KC – I’m not a big fan of Chambers. Heck, I thought he was washed up after leaving San Diego. Thanks to Dwayne Bowe eating too much Chunky Soup and being a lazy slop Chris Chambers has had a resurgance in his career. He had 45 catches, 700 yards, and 5 TDs in 2009. He will match those numbers in 2010 and that my friends is not bad for your 11th pick.

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2 Responses to “Late Round Picks”

  1. A C Slater says:

    Hey Fantasy Flukie thans for the Shout out. I would lile to add Craig “Buste” Davis to your late round Picks. This guy is a former first round pick who was hurt and now is healthy and getting some opportunities. Norv Turner loves this guy and Phillip Rivers is a great QB. Draft Craig Davis you wont be sorry.

  2. fantasy flukie says:

    Craig Davis is a legit late round gamble. I concur though I am a tad leary of him. Not sure he will truly hold any value. But this is a crap shoot and he does qualify.

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