Rounding Out Championship Fantasy Football Rosters

Aug 29, 2017

Carson Palmer Cardinals
The first few picks of the fantasy football draft will put you in a position to compete in your fantasy league, but what you do in the middle rounds could catapult you into a championship caliber club. Here are some guys that could help bring you to the promised land.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – After throwing seven TDs in his first six games, Palmer finished with 19 touchdowns in his final nine games. He’ll be pegged as a QB2 in most leagues, but could easily put up QB1 numbers.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Just signed for major money, but isn’t getting QB1 love in most leagues. This is a QB averaging 4,583.5 yards and 28 touchdowns over the past six years. Both Palmer and Stafford are typically going after the first 100 picks.
Running Backs
Rex Burkhead and James White, New England Patriots – Good luck figuring out the Patriots RB usage this year, but both Burkhead and White should be pretty active in PPR leagues.
Jamaal Charles, Denver Broncos – Gone are the days of Charles as a high-end RB1, but Denver hasn’t been the most stable backfields in recent years. Charles could end up RB1 or RB2.
Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns – With a rookie QB, look for Johnson to be leaned on heavily in the passing game.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – With Doug Martin serving a suspension Rodgers can give you some early work. In his five games with double-digit carries Rodgers averaged 105.4 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns.
Jonathan Williams, Buffalo Bills – The Bills had enough for LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee last year. Williams could be a flex play with serious upside should McCoy get hurt.
Wide Receivers
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals – If Brown can stay healthy he should be explosive. He had 1,003 yards and seven TD in 2015.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers – Cobb is kind of being forgotten because he struggled with injuries the past few years. Still, he has talent and an excellent quarterback slinging it to him.
Chris Hogan, New England Patriots – Exploded during the Super Bowl run. Should see more volume with Julian Edelman out.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions – Not a lot of upside, but a solid option for good volume. 930 yards last year, 816 the year before.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings – Somewhat overlooked despite some big games for the Vikes last year.
Kevin White, Chicago Bears – Has the talent. Should get the opportunity and volume. Just needs to stay healthy.
Kendall Wright, Chicago Bears – Has been going downhill each year since 2013, but should see a lot of a volume in the slot for the Bears.
Tight Ends
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions – 711 yards last year. Has missed eight games in three years, which is a concern, but he’s a solid option after the top TEs come off the board.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints – 631 yards in his first year with New Orleans. Drew Brees has always been great at getting TEs involved.
Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers – 548 yards and seven TDs last year. Whenever you count him out he just keeps on producing.

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