Fantasy football is played by millions and millions of people each year and millions of those millions of people lose. They lose from a dumb trade, a touchdown, a couple yards shy of a bonus, or whatever, point is they lose. However some of them lose right from the beginning on draft day, a pretty awful way to start off the football year. So I’m here to help. These five players are five must players to have that you can steal in the later rounds of the draft that can turn your draft right around.
WR- Plaxico Burress: Selected on average in about the 8th round according to ESPN drafts Plaxico Burress is a steal. Now yes he has been away from the game for a couple years now and that can hurt a player, but in his first game back Burress would catch three balls for 66 yards including a 26 yard touchdown. Standing tall at 6’5 Burress towers over any cornerback in the NFL. Combine that with his speed and leaping ability equals one unstoppable and one great fantasy player.
Round to get him in: 6 or later
QB- Mathew Stafford: Playing in only three games last year due to injury Stafford didn’t really get to show his true talent. However people tend to underestimate the young player due to his team’s name, the Detroit Lions. With an improved defense this year and superstar Calvin Johnson and veteran Nate Burleson lined up next to him you can sign Stafford up for a big time year. Based off of ESPN online drafts Stafford has been picked on average around the 11th round.
Round to get him in: 10 or later
RB- Marshawn Lynch: Came on as a great fantasy presence towards the end of the season last year as his workload increased. Though he didn’t stop there as he continued it over in the playoffs rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown that came off of a 67 yard score breaking 8 tackles in the process. Causing Seattle fans to scream so loud that it caused a small earthquake. Selected on average in about the 8th round in ESPN leagues Lynch makes as a great flex play in ten player leagues and a for sure starter in 12 or higher.
Round to get him in: 9 or later
WR- Roy Williams: After three long awful years in Dallas Roy Williams is headed to Chicago where he’ll get a fresh start, but it gets better…Williams will re-unite with long time favorite coach Mike Martz. Martz who coached Williams in 2006 helped Williams have his best season ever as an NFL player. Under Martz Williams caught 82 balls for 1,310 yards and 7 touchdowns. Williams also did that with Jon Kitna a quarterback no where near the talent level of Jay Cutler, making Williams a must have player. Williams who has been selected on average in ESPN drafts during the middle of the 11th round is really a steal that late in the draft.
Round to get him in: 10 or later
WR- Lee Evans: A player that hasn’t had a good quarterback…ever now joins the Baltimore Ravens with up and coming quarterback Joe Flacco, can you say must have? I can selected on average 12th round in ESPN drafts Evans is another must have player. Despite being the number two option behind Boldin, it really doesn’t matter. Last year Boldin who was the number one option over Derrick Mason caught three more passes and had only 35 yards more and the same amount of touchdowns as Mason last season. So Evans who managed to strive in Buffalo will do just fine in Baltimore, maybe even better then Boldin.
Round to get him in: 11 or later
QB-Mark Sanchez, Avg. Round 12th
QB-Kyle Orton, Avg. Round 13th
RB- Cedric Benson, Avg. Round 7th
RB-C.J. Spiller, Avg. Round 10th
RB- Ryan Torain, Avg. Round 11th
RB- Ronnie Brown, Avg. Round 14th
WR- Braylon Edwards, Avg. Round 11th
WR- Donald Driver, Avg. Round 14th
WR- Steve Breaston, Avg. Round 15th
WR- Andre Roberts, Avg. Round 17th
TE- Dustin Keller, Avg. Round 14th