Draft Value Chart
NOTE: The Draft Value Chart was updated on Saturday, August 28, 2010
Note 2: The analysis in BOLD is the updated information pertaining to any changes made in the draft value chart.
The purpose of the NFP Draft Value Chart is to give fantasy owners an idea of which round they should target specific players. The chart is broken down specifically for owners who play in a 12-team fantasy league, but you will notice we include players who are “on the bubble,” meaning if you participate in a larger league, these would be some of the guys you should think about drafting in each respective round.
14 rounds, 168 players, no kickers. Let’s get after it.
1. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
5. Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons
6. Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
7. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
8. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
9. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
11. Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots
12. Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
On the bubble: Reggie Wayne (WR, Indianapolis), Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Arizona), Steven Jackson (RB, St. Louis), Cedric Benson (RB, Cincinnati), Peyton Manning (QB, Indianapolis).
Don’t overpay for: Calvin Johnson (WR, Detroit), Ryan Mathews (RB, San Diego), DeAngelo Williams (RB, Carolina).
Analysis: Bump up Steven Jackson to the sixth spot if you play in a PPR league. Be advised that the elite quarterbacks are going to fly off the board in a hurry this season. Drafting a QB early appears to be the trendy thing to do, as many uneducated owners are a little weary of the running back class this year. You can probably wait a little longer on Rodgers and Grant, as the NFP has them rated higher than just about every other publication on the market.
UPDATE: Turner and Gore switched spots at 5 and 6, Rashard Mendenhall dropped a couple of spots, Andre Johnson and Aaron Rodgers each moved up a few spot and Steven Jackson replaced Ryan Grant at No. 12.
13. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
14. Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts
15. Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers
16. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
17. Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
18. Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami Dolphins
19. Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers
20. Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys
21. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
22. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
23. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
24. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
On the bubble: Calvin Johnson (WR, Detroit), Knowshon Moreno (RB, Denver), Tom Brady (QB, New England).
Don’t overpay for: Marques Colston (WR, New Orleans), Beanie Wells (RB, Arizona), Steve Smith (WR, Carolina), Matt Schaub (QB, Houston).
Analysis: It’s unlikely that Calvin Johnson will make it out of the second round, but we worry a bit about quarterback Matthew Stafford’s development behind a shaky offensive line in Detroit. PPR owners need to bump up Marshall 4-5 spots as the Pro Bowler has caught over 100 passes in each of the past three years. In addition, PPR owners should move DeSean Jackson down into the late third round.
Be sure to land another quality running back if you go with Mathews. We love his upside, but remember that he’s a rookie. That’s an expensive price to pay for a guy with no NFL experience. On the flip side, you may be able to get Shonn Greene at a better price, but we think Tomlinson is finished and that Greene will put up Thomas Jones type numbers this year.
UPDATE: There was a shakeup at the WR position as Brandon Marshall moved up to No. 18 and DeSean Jackson was moved down a few spots. In addition, Shonn Greene dropped to the 3rd round, while Jamaal Charles moved up into the 2nd round.
25. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
26. DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
27. Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets
28. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
29. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
30. Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers
31. Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals
32. LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
33. Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis Colts
34. Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans
35. Steve Smith, WR, New York Giants
36. Jonathan Stewart, WR, Carolina Panthers
On the bubble: Joseph Addai (RB, Indianapolis), Philip Rivers (QB, San Diego), Anquan Boldin (WR, Baltimore).
Don’t overpay for: Any tight ends, Ronnie Brown (RB, Miami), Mike Sims-Walker (WR, Jacksonville), Brandon Jacobs (RB, New York Giants).
Analysis: Expect the tight end run to start at some point in the next two rounds, so owners are advised to start making preparations at this point if you want an elite TE prospect. Some may feel we have Charles ranked a little low, but the additions of Thomas Jones (free agency) and Dexter McCluster (draft) have us slightly concerned about his overall workload. Six quarterbacks are off the board at this point, so owners should be taking notes about which fantasy owners are already set at that position and won’t be looking for another signal-caller for a few more rounds. If you are interested in drafting Panthers wideout Steve Smith, be sure to monitor the progress of his broken arm this summer.
UPDATE: Knowshon Moreno and Sidney Rice have plummeted due to recent injuries, dropping them out of the 3rd round. Those moves led each of the WRs and RBs listed in Round 3 to move up a few spots.
37. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
38. Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
39. Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
40. Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins
41. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers
42. Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis Colts
43. Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions
44. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
45. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
46. Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
47. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
48. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
On the bubble: Brett Favre (QB, Minnesota), Michael Crabtree (WR, San Francisco), Vernon Davis (TE, San Francisco), Ben Tate (RB, Houston).
Don’t overpay for: Ricky Williams (RB, Miami), Felix Jones (RB, Dallas), Donald Driver (WR, Green Bay), Tony Gonzalez (TE, Atlanta).
Analysis: We’re projecting the tight end run to start in the fourth round of a 12-team draft, so this is where you can make some moves at RB and WR if you are willing to wait for a guy like Brent Celek, Chris Cooley or Owen Daniels. Take note that at this point in the draft, most of the running backs coming off the board will be splitting carries with another RB on their team’s roster. Jahvid Best at No. 45 could end up being a steal if he handles a serious portion of the workload in Detroit. Keep this guy in the back of your mind. Also, be sure to keep an eye on wideout Steve Smith (New York). He caught 107 passes last year and is a coveted option in PPR leagues.
UPDATE: Brett Favre slides down out of the 4th round due to the Sidney Rice injury and Knowshon Moreno’s free-fall ends in the 4th as well. All RBs and WRs listed in this round have moved up a couple of spots, but nothing gro undbreaking.
49. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
50. Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
51. Marion Barber, RB, Dallas Cowboys
52. Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
53. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
54. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants
55. Ricky Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins
56. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
57. Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings
58. Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
59. Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys
60. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
On the bubble: Jason Witten (TE, Dallas), Hines Ward (WR, Pittsburgh), Thomas Jones (RB, Kansas City), Jay Cutler (QB, Chicago).
Don’t overpay for: Donald Brown (RB, Indianapolis), Joe Flacco (QB, Baltimore), Jeremy Maclin (WR, Philadelphia), Kellen Winslow (TE, Tampa Bay).
Analysis: While most fantasy drafts will have more tight ends off the board inside of the first 60 picks, we feel that is too high of a price to pay unless it’s for Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates or Vernon Davis. Ben Tate at No. 51 and Percy Harvin at No. 56 are excellent value picks that all owners should be considering. Vincent Jackson falls to No. 57 due to his three-game suspension and there is still talk he could be on the move before the start of the season. We are positive you can get Kolb later in the draft, but we are very high on the Philly quarterback this season and love his upside. If you’re interested in taking a chance on him, you can likely wait a couple more rounds. Forte will rack up the yards, but look for Chester Taylor to steal some of the goal line work.
UPDATE: Sims-Walker falls down to the 5th round, which is where Brett Favre lands as well. Ahmad Bradshaw has been moved ahead of Brandon Jacobs and Arian Foster now has a 5th round grade due to Ben Tate’s season-ending injury. Round 5 is where we see the most tight end action happening.
61. Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers
62. Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
63. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
64. Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
65. Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans Saints
66. Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
67. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
68. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
69. Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers
70. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
71. Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts
72. Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
On the bubble: Brent Celek (TE, Philadelphia), Ahmad Bradshaw (RB, New York Giants), Joe Flacco (QB, Baltimore), Mike Wallace (WR, Pittsburgh).
Don’t overpay for: Chris Cooley (TE, Washington), Michael Bush (RB, Oakland), Matt Ryan (QB, Atlanta), Pierre Garcon (WR, Indianapolis).
Analysis: The selection of Jay Cutler means that ten quarterbacks are gone after the first six rounds. Hines Ward is a solid value pick here, but remember, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for the first 4-6 games of the season. Another high-risk/high-reward player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. The guy has talent, but his work ethic and dedication have repeatedly been called into question. Keep this in mind: according to the NFP Draft Value Chart, only six tight ends have been selected in the first six rounds, meaning owners could have landed two running backs, two wide receivers, a flex player and a solid quarterback and STILL would have four of the top ten tight ends on the board to choose from in the 7th round.
UPDATE: C.J. Spiller moves into the 6th round due to the Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch injuries. Brandon Jacobs slips back into the 6th round because Ahmad Bradshaw will likely be the starter in New York this year. Malcom Floyd moves up into the 6th round due to the Vincent Jackson suspension.
73. Terrell Owens, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
74. Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
75. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
76. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings
77. Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland Browns
78. Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins
79. T.J. Houshmandzaeh, WR, Seattle Seahawks
80. Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders
81. Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay Packers
82. Bernard Berrian, WR, Minnesota Vikings
83. Robert Meachem, WR. New Orleans Saints
84. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
On the bubble: Eli Manning (QB, New York Giants), Michael Bush (RB, Oakland), Tim Hightower (RB, Arizona), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (WR, Seattle).
Don’t overpay for: Donovan McNabb (QB, Washington), C.J. Spiller (RB, Buffalo), Lee Evans (WR, Buffalo), John Carlson (TE, Seattle).
Analysis: Jerome Harrison is a solid value pick in the 7th round if he can beat out Montario Hardesty for the bulk of the Cleveland workload. Look for Cooley to have a nice season with the very tight end-friendly Donovan McNabb at quarterback in Washington. Be prepared for some fool in your league to target a D/ST right around this point in the draft and also be prepared to mock him for paying such a hefty price. Wallace has sleeper potential and owners should expect Winslow to see a ton of targets with such a young and inexperienced receiving unit backing him up on the field.
UPDATE: A good preseason lands Terrell Owens in the 7th round and also marks the appearance of Bernard Berrian, who is on the rise due to the Sidney Rice injury. Percy Harvin slips back to the 7th due to migraine issues, while Donald Driver falls a couple of rounds due to serious competition for targets from James Jones and Jordy Nelson. Bush, Houshmandzadeh and Eli Manning all came up a few spots.
85. Chris Cooley, TE, Washington Redskins
86. Justin Forsett, RB, Seattle Seahawks
87. Leon Washington, RB, Seattle Seahawks
88. Steve Slaton, RB, Houston Texans
89. Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins
90. Tim Hightower, RB, Arizona Cardinals
91. Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Minnesota Vikings
92. Zach Miller, TE, Oakland Raiders
93. Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets
94. Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
95. Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts
96. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
On the bubble: Owen Daniels (TE, Houston), Montario Hardesty (RB, Cleveland), Antonio Bryant (WR, Cincinnati), Carson Palmer (WR, Cincinnati), Donovan McNabb (QB, Washington).
Don’t overpay for: Kenny Britt (WR, Tennessee), Heath Miller (TE, Pittsburgh), Willis McGahee (RB, Baltimore), Chad Henne (QB, Miami).
Analysis: There’s a lot of solid value in the eighth round as running backs Michael Bush, Justin Forsett and C.J. Spiller all bring upside to the table. In addition, each of those three players has the ability to win the starting job outright on their respective teams. Zach Miller will once again fly below the radar in 2010, but with a serviceable quarterback now running the offense in Jason Campbell, we wouldn’t be surprised if Miller posted a career year. Right around now is when owners should be eyeing up the top D/STs, so gear up if you’re looking to land the Jets, Packers, Ravens, Vikings or Eagles.
UPDATE: Forsett and Washington go back-to-back since the starting job has yet to be determined (they are the two frontrunners). Steve Slaton moves up to Round 8 due to the Ben Tate injury, while Tim Hightower falls down to Round 8 due to being over-ranked earlier in the summer.
97. Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears
98. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
99. Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings
100. Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots
101. Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
102. Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona Cardinals
103. Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans
104. Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers
105. Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns
106. Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears
107. Donovan McNabb, QB, Washington Redskins
108. Laurence Maroney, RB, New England Patriots
On the bubble: Clinton Portis (RB, Washington), Chad Henne (QB, Miami), Kenny Britt (WR, Tennessee), Heath Miller (TE, Pittsburgh), New York Jets (D/ST).
Don’t overpay for: LaDainian Tomlinson (RB, New York Jets), Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Pittsburgh), Donnie Avery (WR, St. Louis), Dustin Keller (TE, New York Jets).
Analysis: This is the point in the draft where owners will start to see backup quarterbacks and D/STs come off the board. Wide receivers Antonio Bryant and Derrick Mason bring solid value to the table, as they will be the No. 2 targets on their respective teams, meaning they will both face favorable coverage. Slaton is a reasonable value here as he will handle the pass catching duties out of the backfield for the Texans, while TE John Carlson should bounce back from a lackluster 2009 performance. Keep an eye on WR Malcom Floyd this summer. If Vincent Jackson gets traded, Floyd’s value will skyrocket. The same goes for Hardesty, who could beat out Jerome Harrison for the starting job in Cleveland.
UPDATE: Knox, Hardesty and Welker all land in the 9th round, but be advised that all three players will likely be selected higher on draft day. Vincent Jackson falls to the 9th round due to his suspension while Fred Jackson and Sidney Rice land in the 9th round due to their respective injuries.
109. John Carlson, TE, Seattle Seahawks
110. Derrick Mason, WR, Baltimore Ravens
111. Legedu Naanee, WR, San Diego Chargers
112. Chester Taylor, RB, Chicago Bears
113. Chad Henne, QB, Miami Dolphins
114. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
115. Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
116. Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
117. Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders
118. New York Jets, D/ST
119. Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego Chargers
120. Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo Bills
On the bubble: Santonio Holmes (WR, New York Jets), Dez Bryant (WR, Dallas), LaDainian Tomlinson (RB, New York Jets), Minnesota Vikings (D/ST).
Don’t overpay for: Matthew Stafford (QB, Detroit), Mohamed Massaquoi (WR, Cleveland), Marshawn Lynch (RB, Buffalo), New York Giants (D/ST).
Analysis: Henne and Smith are two of our favorite QB2 prospects entering 2010 due to their upside and the talent upgrades that have occurred around them this past offseason. Look for McGahee to once again steal some of Ray Rice’s goal line carries this season, but don’t expect high yardage totals. Chicago wide receiver Johnny Knox is a very intriguing prospect, as the Bears still don’t have a legitimate No. 1 wideout on the roster. Knox could end up being that guy. If McFadden can figure out a way to lock down the starting job in Oakland this season, he could end up as one of this year’s best value picks.
UPDATE: San Diego No. 2 Legedu Naanee lands in the 10th round due to the Vincent Jackson suspension. In addition, this is the point in your draft when you should start paying attention to the D/ST position. Chester Taylor falls a few rounds due to lack of touches.
121. Green Bay Packers, D/ST
122. Minnesota Vikings, D/ST
123. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, New York Jets
124. Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
125. Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
126. Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago Bears
127. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
128. Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens
129. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
130. Brian Westbrook, RB, San Francisco 49ers
131. Greg Olsen, TE, Chicago Bears
132. Philadelphia Eagles, D/ST
On the bubble: Leon Washington (RB, Seattle), Philadelphia Eagles (D/ST), Matthew Stafford (QB, Detroit), Julian Edelman (WR, New England).
Don’t overpay for: Vince Young (QB, Tennessee), Jeremy Shockey (TE, New Orleans), Demaryius Thomas (WR, Denver), San Francisco 49ers (D/ST).
Analysis: Most of the players coming off the board at this point in the draft will serve as reserves on your roster, so don’t be afraid to take a few shots here and there. However, owners are advised to make sure they acquire plenty of depth at both the RB and WR positions. Buckhalter is a nice selection as he will see a decent amount of playing time and will step into the starting role should something happen to Knowshon Moreno. Williams and Ward are rated very close to one another in our book, with Cadillac getting the slight edge entering the season. Be sure to remember that Roethlisberger is out for the first 4-6 games of the season.
UPDATE: Holmes lands in Round 11 due to his suspension, while Derrick Ward falls off the board altogether due to being out of shape and in danger of losing the No. 2 job. Westbrook lands in the 11th round as insurance for Frank Gore owners, while Tomlinson may be a bit undervalued this low in the draft.
133. Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver Broncos
134. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, New York Jets
135. Fred Taylor, RB, New England Patriots
136. Dallas Cowboys, D/ST
137. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
138. Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Cleveland Browns
139. Vince Young, QB, Tennessee Titans
140. Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets
141. Kevin Smith, RB, Detroit Lions
142. Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Kansas City Chiefs
143. Louis Murphy, WR, Oakland Raiders
144. Tashard Chocie, RB, Dallas Cowboys
On the bubble: Matt Cassel (QB, Kansas City), Todd Heap (TE, Baltimore), Kevin Faulk (RB, New England), Dallas Cowboys (D/ST).
Don’t overpay for: Fred Taylor (RB, New England), David Garrard (QB, Jacksonville), Devery Henderson (WR, New Orleans), New England Patriots (D/ST).
Analysis: Chiefs rookie Dexter McCluster is one player every owner should have an eye on during their fantasy draft. Running back and wide receiver are two positions the Chiefs have some talent at, yet they still used a second-round pick on the dual-threat speedster from Ole Miss. That should tell you something. Expect new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to line McCluster up all over the field in an effort to create coverage mismatches. Wideout Chaz Schilens has a legitimate shot to become the No. 1 target in Oakland this year, so he could end up being a steal in the later rounds now that Jason Campbell is running the offense. For those of you on the Aromashodu bandwagon, we advise you to taper your expectations. Until he demonstrates the ability to produce quality fantasy points on a consistent basis, he is too risky to draft sooner.
UPDATE: Vince Young moves up into the 12th round after a solid preseason, while rookie Dexter McCluster moves up a few spots (keep an eye on this guy). Louis Murphy replaces the injured Chaz Schilens in Round 12.
145. Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants
146. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
147. Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants
148. Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore Ravens
149. Jeremy Shockey, TE, New Orleans Saints
150. Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
151. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo Bills
152. Kevin Faulk, RB, New England Patriots 153. Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions
154. Baltimore Ravens, D/ST
155. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Indianapolis Colts
156. Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings
On the bubble: Wes Welker (WR, New England), Jonathan Dwyer (RB, Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh Steelers (D/ST), David Garrard (QB, Jacksonville).
Don’t overpay for: Any kickers WHATSOEVER, New Orleans Saints (D/ST), Mark Sanchez (QB, New York Jets), Greg Olsen (TE, Chicago).
Analysis: By this point in the draft, owners should either have already drafted or be getting ready to draft a backup quarterback. Detroit wideout Nate Burleson is an intriguing late-round option this season as he will be playing opposite Pro Bowler Calvin Johnson on an offense that will be sure to rack up plenty of garbage time stats. Be careful when evaluating Todd Heap in 2010, as the Ravens drafted tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta this past April. We know that many of you love Wes Welker, but remember that this is a guy who totally wrecked his knee in Week 17 last season. He won’t be anywhere close to 100% at the beginning of the year. REMEMBER: NO KICKERS UNTIL THE LAST ROUND.
UPDATE: The Ravens fall to the 13th round due to injuries that have plagued their secondary.
157. Jabar Gaffney, WR, Denver Broncos
158. Bernard Scott, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
159. Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
160. Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans
161. Pittsburgh Steelers, D/ST
162. San Francisco 49ers, D/ST
163. Derek Anderson, QB, Arizona Cardinals
164. Julius Jones, RB, Seattle Seahawks
165. Devery Henderson, WR, New Orleans Saints
166. Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans
167. David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
168. Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons
On the bubble: Chris Chambers (WR, Kansas City), Julius Jones (RB, Seattle), New England Patriots (D/ST), Michael Jenkins (WR, Atlanta), Jason Snelling (RB, Atlanta), Mark Sanchez (QB, New York Jets), Eddie Royal (WR, Denver), Cincinnati Bengals (D/ST).
Don’t overpay for: At this point in the draft, feel free to take a chance on just about anybody. Just remember to make sure your bye weeks are covered and that you have depth at the RB and WR positions. We also recommend a backup D/ST so you can play the more favorable matchup each week.
Analysis: Davone Bess has some serious sleeper potential this year now that opposing defenses will be forced to deal with Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall. In addition, NOW IS THE TIME TO HANDCUFF YOUR STUD RUNNING BACKS. Target Toby Gerhart if you’re an Adrian Peterson owner and Javon Ringer if you selected Chris Johnson (be advised that rookie RB LeGarrette Blount could possibly win the No. 2 job in Tennessee this summer). Don’t feel guilty about pulling the handcuff trigger a round or two before this point just to be safe. Some may feel we have Anthony Gonzalez rated a little low, but remember that Pierre Garcon pretty much won the No. 2 spot last season.
UPDATE: More handcuff running backs and No. 3 wideouts appear in Round 14.