We love guys like Arian Foster and Johnny Knox, but the word is out. Foster sometimes gets taken in the early fourth round and Knox goes in the fifth. (Both players — especially Foster — should be great. But their draft position has caught up with their talent.)
With that in mind, here are a few players we still think are getting drafted too late based on the Rotoworld online draft guide.
Jamaal Charles: The Thomas Jones news has spooked way too many of you. Charles has top-five upside. Great second round pick. (We have Charles ranked ninth in PPR leagues.)
Mike Williams (TB): Amazingly, he’s still going very late in drafts. There is no one else to catch the ball in Tampa and Williams is legit. He’s a 1,000-yard receiver with a little help from his quarterbacks.
Fred Jackson: Think long-term. He may start slow, but we’ll take our chances he’s the most valuable fantasy back on a run-first team, especially since he’s getting drafted as a RB4.
Antonio Gates: It’s a small thing, but we like the value of Gates (and
other top TEs like Vernon Davis and Jermichael Finley) over some of the
shakier WR2/3s and RB2s that often go before them.
John Carlson: A potential every-week starting tight end that sometimes goes undrafted
Devin Hester: We like Knox a lot more, but not five rounds more. Hester
is routinely getting ignored. He’s a nice reserve pick.
Eddie Royal: We’d bet the Broncos produce more passing yards this year
without Brandon Marshall and someone has to catch the passes. Think
poor man’s Wes Welker.
Montario Hardesty: It’s rare that a rookie power back with a great
chance to lead his team in rushes goes out of the top 100 picks.
Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naane: Vincent Jackson is not walking through
that door. (Although we still like V-Jax outside the top 100 picks in
case he gets dealt.)
Finally, we just wanted to say thanks to everyone that’s made this a record-breaking year for Rotoworld in draft guide sales and traffic. 2 million pages views per day the last three days. I’m not even going to mention that to Florio or he’ll get jealous.