FF: Mid-Late Rounders You Need to Draft
But when it comes down to players in new starting roles, or players looking to potentially breakout, it’s hard to determine whether their a top tier breakout player in the top 50 to 60 range, or more of a 75 to 85 type of talent.
So here are 6 players that are all ranked too low by ESPN and other pre-draft rankings in my eyes and you can make good use of their low rankings by stealing them in your draft.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams
ESPN Ranking - 84
My Ranking - 50 to 60 range
The Rams haven’t run the ball as often as most teams the past few years (22nd in rushing attempts in 2012) but the offense is in the midst of quite a few changes. And on thing is for certain: Richardson is their #1 back. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry with nearly 100 carries last season and he’s had a great offseason. Right now ESPN ranks him just below injury scare Rashard Mendenhall and backup running back Shane Vereen, while I would draft him over Lions back Reggie Bush who is ranked 50th.
Jordan Crawford, TE, Cleveland Browns
ESPN Ranking - 173
My Ranking - 90 to 100 range
He’s a popular fantasy sleeper pick right now for a reason. Cleveland’s receiving core is a huge question mark and Crawford has had an incredible offseason, developing great chemistry with an improving Brandon Weeden. Right now he’s going in the late, late rounds in most drafts (if he’s even drafted at all) while guys like Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, and Jared Cook are going somewhere between the 6th and 10th rounds. Not only is Crawford easily capable of equaling those three and a lot of other tight ends in that range, he’s got great potential to outrank all of them by the end of the year.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
ESPN Ranking - 141
My Ranking - 100 to 110 range
Yeah, the Jets offense is a mess right now, but they rushed the ball 494 times last year, 6th most in the NFL, and 276 of those rushes went out of town with Shonn Greene. Chris Ivory was the early favorite to take the bulk of those carries, but he’s had a rough time on the field so far in preseason and training camp, while Powell has really impressed coaches. Last year, Powell rushed for 437 yards on 110 attempts with 4 touchdowns. Double those carries and Powell looks to be a solid fantasy option.