In the late rounds you can start taking some shots on guys that you have a good feeling about. You can also start scooping up your handcuffs. I personally recommend only handcuffing your RB1 if the handcuff falls into the later rounds and then using the rest of these picks on high upside players. In the later rounds, you are taking guys that you are aware that you are probably going to drop for players that emerge on the waiver wire. If you get lucky, a few of these guys will hit and you will get excellent value. Outside of that, you can also add depth with your WR4 and RB4 if someone falls that you like.
Justice Hill has looked really good during the Raven’s first couple of preseason games and is working his way into snaps when the regular season rolls around in a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see how many snaps that he takes with the first team during dress rehearsals. We will know more by the time this comes out. I’m not big on Ingram this season and that makes Hill more intriguing. Hill has looked pretty dynamic and elusive in the open field.
Thompson is not the sleeper that he was a month ago or even two weeks ago. This is why I love drafting in July, you can get value on guys like Darwin in the last couple of rounds before they become more popular among the more casual players. There are loud whispers that Carlos Hyde may not make the 53 man roster and with Damien Williams already dealing with a hamstring issue earlier in camp, Thompson is all the more intriguing.
The standoff between Jerry Jones and Ezekiel Elliott continues and it very well could continue into the regular season and that makes preseason darling Tony Pollard a viable fantasy option. The pass catching specialist has been impressing Dallas so they may not be in a rush to give Zeke what he demands. The longer that Elliott stays in Cabo, the more intriguing Pollard becomes. I wouldn’t overspend on Pollard because I believe that Zeke has a better chance of making a quick signing before the season starts than Melvin Gordon so buyer beware.
Things are not looking good for Melvin Gordon to be with the Chargers by week 1. Justin Jackson in the 11th round is pretty intriguing considering how well he and Austin Ekeler have played this preseason. The latest reports are that Jackson and Ekeler will split the carries 50/50 and I assume that Ekeler will get more of the pass catching work and Jackson perhaps seeing more goal line work. I think Jackson can be a flex play right away in deeper leagues and a wait and see in 12 team formats. There is a possibility that Jackson is better between that tackles and first and second downs could shift quickly in his favor in September.
I don’t buy into Tyler Lockett cleaning up all of the missing work that Doug Baldwin left behind. He’s just not that type of wide receiver. DK Metcalf is already banged up and missing valuable training camp experience. David Moore had moderate success in 2018 while catching five touchdown passes and having two games with at least 97 yards last season. Seattle spoke highly of Moore during OTAs but Jaron Brown has been taking first team reps over him. If Moore can get things going this last couple of weeks, he could provide late value.
THIS TIME Devante Parker is going to live up to the hype. Annnnnnnnnd he’s injured. Maybe Mike Gesicki can break out after a slow rookie season. On Thursday night, he had a couple of catches including a big gainer in Jaguars’ territory. As long as Gesicki can see a fair amount of snaps and Fitzpatrick is slinging it, I think that Gesicki is going to have some big weeks.
Also Buffalo has a quarterback named Josh Allen that you might have heard of. From week 12 and after, Josh Allen was the number one scoring quarterback in all of fantasy football. Allen has a nice rushing floor and if he can get some accuracy in that arm he can probably provide some great value for your fantasy team if you end up picking a quarterback way later in the draft.