Fantasy Football Draft: Late Round Options
The last couple of rounds of fantasy drafts is the time when you take a flier on players that may or may not pan out for you. If they do, great. If they don’t, no sweat. You can pick up someone that plays well in the first couple of weeks of the season. Here are some guys that you can draft in the closing rounds of your fantasy drafts.
Derek Anderson, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Obviously DA will have to win the starting gig from Matt Leinart, but it appears the writing is on the wall as Anderson is starting the Cardinals’ third preseason game.
Kareem Huggins, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It looks like Huggins could win the #2 RB role for the Bucs. I know the backup RB of a team that finished 3-13 isn’t necessarily the most desirable fantasy player, but given Cadillac Williams injury history he could find himself as a lead back.
Anthony Dixon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
I try not to put too much faith in the preseason, but Dixon has looked good. The rookie scored in the first two preseason games, including a nifty four-yard TD run against the Vikings first unit.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants
Brown likely took hold of the Giants #3 RB spot when D.J. Ware suffered another concussion. Given Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs’ injury histories, it’s conceivable Brown gets meaningful carries at some point in the season.
Jordan Shipley, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
We all know who the Bengals’ two starting WRs are. Antonio Bryant very well could be cut or inactive (knee). Shipley could win the slot receiver gig from Andre Caldwell, which would put him in line for plenty of looks making him an intriguing PPR option.
Laurent Robinson & Brandon Gibson, WRs, St. Louis Rams
With Donnie Avery (knee) injured, Robinson and Gibson will have a chance to step up and make some plays. Keenan Burton can find himself in the mix, but has less upside.
Greg Camarillo, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Camarillo is better suited for the Vikings’ slot position than Greg Lewis. If he can get open, Brett Favre will get him the ball. He shouldn’t have trouble getting open because of all the attention Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Andrian Peterson, and Visanthe Shiancoe garner.
Louis Murphy, WR, Oakland Raiders
With Chaz Schilens sidelined with a knee injury, Murphy has a chance at fantasy relevance. He’ll have to improve his hands, but Murphy, who had a 15.3 ypc average last year, should be the Raiders’ top choice in the vertical attack.
Rob Gronkowski & Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots
Gronkowski has three TDs in two preseason games thus far. Randy Moss and Wes Welker will command attention making Gronkowski an easy target for Tom Brady. Hernandez is another quality weapon at TE for the Pats.