It is that time. Yes, time for your fantasy draft to happen. Are you prepared? Well if you are not completely prepared, Zeus and Thayse have some great news for you. Having finished a few drafts in our main leagues already, we thought we would shed some light on some findings and talk about some guys that you can get later as great value picks. Gain that edge on your buddies or co-workers to push your team over the hump and win that elusive fantasy championship. So here we go with your "Value Quick Snaps!"
Dwayne Bowe - ADP (Average Draft Position)- 57
Zeus- Dwayne Bowe went right around this mark in my most recent draft. When you look at what Bowe has done this is great value for him. The former LSU standout has produced strong fantasy numbers in his pro career averaging 70 balls for 1,000 yards per year. Now I would never say that you should draft Bowe as a WR1, but he is a good bet to repeat those numbers as a WR2/WR3. We all know that he is not a stud, but at that ADP you can get great value provided that Cassell continues to throw the rock his way and Baldwin doesn't hawk too many balls.
Pierre Garcon - ADP - 76
Thayse- You want a potential break out receiver that is being drafted in rounds eight through ten then this is the guy. Garcon was still learning most of his years with Manning at the helm and when he finally caught on it was with Curtis Painter. With little time to get to know one another, I'd call it love at first sight between RG3 and Haitian native. I would expect 80 catches for around 1,100 yards this year. A true value for a WR2 or strong flex.
Torrey Smith - ADP- 72
Zeus- Baltimore wants to throw the ball more. Flacco thinks he is elite, and this year he could prove it. In every draft I do fantasy owners consistently undervalue Torrey Smith. He is Baltimore's main deep ball threat, and could explode his second year on the scene. He gained nearly 1,000 yards last year and after his QB gains confidence in him you can expect larger numbers from Mr. Smith. I would hop all over him at his current draft position, and you can have the last laugh at your buddies as you cash in on 60 yard touchdowns.
Antonio Brown - ADP- 53
Thayse- Although Brown's preseason performances have him blistering up cheat sheets everywhere, he still has not broken into the top 50 and I am finding he can be drafted with some real value given his 4th-5th round placement. If he falls past that, which I've seen happen, you better scoup him up and bypass any positional needs for that pick. I feel a glass ceiling has been placed on the former Central Michigan standout. Playing in Wallace's shadow, being on a historical run first team, and only reaching paydirt twice last year is holding fantasy owners from seeing the true potential AB offers going into his third season.
Reggie Wayne - ADP- 74
Zeus- Yes I said it, you read it correctly. Reggie Wayne is a steal in his 8th round ADP, and no this is not 5 years ago calling. I was one of those guys who picked up Reggie Wayne last year off the free agent pool in my league after some owner got disgusted with him. Then after I got sick of Curtis Painter throwing grenades, I chucked him to the curb. But with Andrew Luck, Wayne could have a rebirth. Garcon is gone and there are not many options for Luck in Indy, and he has taken a liking to Wayne early on. Look for the former all-pro to be a strong WR2/Flex option in most leagues. If he had the stat line of 75/960/4 with the guys slinging him the ball last year, look for a line more like this: 80 catches, 1,050 yards, 8 TD. It could very realistically happen.