The 2015-2016 fantasy football season is almost upon us. To get you ready for the best time of the year I will let you know which picks you can make to potentially win your league and which ones you should avoid. Let’s get Started!
Underrated- Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben is severely underrated this year especially in NFL.com drafts. His ADP (average draft position) of 67.57 criminal. He is easily a top 5 fantasy QB with the plethora of weapons he has surrounding him and the force on the ground that is Le’Veon Bell. Although Bell won’t play for the first two weeks, once he returns to the field the Steelers offense will be lethal and Big Ben will rack up the fantasy points. Be confident in his ability to be your QB1 for this season even if you wait until the fifth or sixth round to snatch him up.
Underrated- Eli Manning
Eli Manning has been somewhat of an enigma these past two seasons. Two seasons ago he was atrocious as he threw a ridiculous 27 interceptions with only 18 touchdowns. However, last season he quietly had 30 touchdowns to only 14 interceptions and was a top 10 fantasy scoring QB. His receiving core this year, if at full health, will be the best he has had his entire career. If he was a top ten QB with only Odell Beckham Jr. last year, his potential this year with a healthy Victor Cruz, a more polished Larry Donnell, and an actual running game is scary.
Overated- Tony Romo
Please do not draft Tony Romo to be your starter this season if you want to be competitive. Tony Romo had a great season last year and seems to be on the up and coming. However, last season just so happened to be the first year DeMarco Murray played a full 16 games and happened to rush for almost 1,900 yards. Now his running back core is headlined by Joseph Randle and the constantly hurt Darren McFadden. Romo may be a big name but not one you should have as your starter this year in fantasy.
Underated- DeMarco Murray
How in the world does DeMarco Murray have an ADP of 17.56 in NFL.com fantasy leagues! That puts him as a second round pick on average. That is quite a steal for last year’s top rusher in terms of yardage in the NFL. If you see him late first round or early second snatch him up in a heartbeat to be your RB1.
Underated- Lamar Miller
With a current ADP of a late third rounder Lamar Miller is a definite steal. There currently isn’t even a clear cut back up running back behind him. He will definitely be the obvious number 1 back and Coach Philbin said he would be open to giving Miller more carries this year than last meaning some games he could top 20 carries. He has low end RB1 potential.
Ovverated- Mark Ingram
His current ADP puts him in the third round, yet he isn’t even a feature back. The Saints signed CJ Spiller this offseason to play a similar role like Darren Sproles used to play a few seasons back. Ingram will definitely lose touches to Spiller and will not be a suitable RB2 as he is currently projected. He is a deeper league FLEX at best.
Underated- Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson was the number two fantasy wideout last year behind only Anotonio Brown. Despite this he is only the seventh rated receiver by NFL.com. This is a ridiculous ranking for Aaron Rodger’s number one receiver. If he is available in the mid-second or early third round do not hesitate to pick him. He is a phenomenal WR1 and can definitely help out your team.
Underated- Sammy Watkins
This is a real boom or bust pick here. Watkins has the potential to string together an impressive season this year as he is being described as “uncoverable” by spectators of the Bills’ training camp. The only thing that could hold Watkins back this year is not any of the obvious skills he possess but the Bills’ quarterback situation. Their quarterback position seems to be in flux with the battle being waged mostly between Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel. Both quarterbacks are serviceable NFL starters, but nothing for fantasy players especially potential Watkins owners to get excited about.
Overated- Jarvis Landry
Don’t get me wrong I am a huge Jarvis Landry fan. But, many fantasy owners are drafting him to be their WR2 this year in standard scoring leagues. In PPR he is going to be a stud, however in standard scoring leagues he is not WR2 caliber. He does have chemistry with Ryan Tannehill but did not catch very many touchdowns and averaged a low average yard per catch. He is a decent gamble for owners at the WR2 but I would feel more comfortable drafting him as a reserve and waiting and watching to see if he scores more touchdowns early on.
Underated- Delanie Walker
Delanie Walker is an extremely talented tight end. He is a potential top 5 tight end if he can establish chemistry with rookie Quarterback Marcus Mariota. This may seem like a somewhat boom or bust pick if Mariota ends up having a tough rookie season. However, Walker already has playing experience with backup QB Mettenberger, somewhat protecting his value. He is easily a top ten tight end.
Underated- Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph is severaly underrated as a fantasy tight end. Rudolph has always been a reliable red zone target. Although he did not play much last season due to an injury, Rudolph is back and has had a full offseason to develop a rapport with Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. He currently is not being drafted in many 12 team leagues but could definitely help out a team as a solid back up and low end TE1.
Overated- Jimmy Graham
It’s no secret that the Seahawks are a run first offense headlined by Marshawn Lynch. This hurts Graham who comes from the pass heavy Saints offense that featured an elite quarterback in the form of Drew Brees. While that’s not a knock on Russel Wilson, he is somewhat of a downgrade from Drew Brees at least as far as Graham is concerned. Brees and Graham had phenomenal chemistry and he was assured many targets a game. Now Graham has even stated that he expects to be used more in blocking situations. These are all red flags in fantasy for the talented tight end.