In last week’s Deep Dynasty Sleepers post, we covered some solid names for dynasty owners to keep in mind in rookie draft leagues – as well as some veteran pick-ups that may not currently be rostered. This week, we delve a bit deeper based on some pre-season hype, as well as identify a couple completely undervalued wide receivers that should be on your radar.
Names Hyped Recently -
Chad Spann – NYJ RB - Rex Ryan referred to Spann as “That MJD guy” in practice last week, but the 25-year old undrafted rookie from Northern Illinois didn’t really live up to the hype in the Jets preseason game against the Lions, rushing three times for two yards. The bowling ball type runner did, however, catch one pass for 23 yards. In the never-ending quest to find “the next guy” – deep league owners should monitor him in the Jets ever-changing RB situation this year.
Dion Lewis – CLE RB - For some reason, the elusive Lewis didn’t stick in Philly, where he was a no-brainer back-up to former college teammate LeSean McCoy. With Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson on the outs, Lewis looks like the third down back and primary back-up to Trent Richardson. Lewis caught three passes for 22 yards and a score against St. Louis in preseason Week 1. Good owners know they have to lift up rocks to find sleepers and Lewis wreaks of low risk value this year. Keep him on your deep list heading into Week 2 waivers.
On The Radar But Totally Undervalued -
Kendall Wright, TEN WR - I’m freaking baffled by the lack of respect Wright gets, with a 173 (13th round) ADP by Fantasy Football Calculator. As a rookie, Wright hauled in 64 balls last year, and has crazy-reliable hands. He’s a Percy Harvin type playmaker, and has drawn nothing but rave reviews from coaches, players, opponents and media observers alike. Wright is a must add late in PPR drafts. You’ll be thanking me later.
Malcom Floyd, SDC WR – The 6’5″ 31-year old is definitely the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy football. With Philip Rivers as his QB, and a lack-luster offensive line, there’s a lot of reason to doubt the Chargers offense. The reality is though, that Floyd is the #1 WR on an offense with no other weapons. Antonio Gates is old and broken down; Ryan Mathews is a rag-tag thug with a laundry list of issues (sorry – an inside joke from a football trip with by buddies last year), and Danario Alexander is done for the season. Floyd was on the verge of a 1,000 yard season last year before being IR’d with a minor injury last season when the Chargers were out of the playoff race. Floyd should – if healthy all year – eclipse 70 catches for 1,000 yards and have at least six scores, making him a valuable buy low and draft late for all owners.
Paul Hickey is Managing Director of Cabedge Design, LLC – a Nashville-based strategic web communications and design company. But Paul still loves writing about fantasy sports in his spare time. He is a former contributor to Rotoworld, Fanball and Rototimes, Athlon Fantasy Sports and a former member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. There is no offseason.