As we inch closer and closer to the start of the 2013 NFL season, most of you are already done drafting. If you fall under this category, how do you feel about your team? Are there some players you feel that are fringe bench players? Feel like you need to make some moves to upgrade your already great team?
For others, you may not have drafted yet and these guys can potentially be late round fliers in your draft. Either way, these 5 guys are going to help your season and help you hoist the Shiva!
1. Rueben Randle (WR – NYG): Yeah, yeah, yeah…. Hakeem Nicks ,Victor Cruz, Brandon Myers… Still not caring. If you’ll recall, I think it was… oh, right, 2011. 2011 is the year the Giants and every single football fan in the world witnessed the phenomenon that is Victor Cruz. Undrafted out of UMass, he EXPLODED on to the scene when a certain Giants receiver got injured who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers: Mr. Mario Manningham. I get the same vibe from Rueben. He stands at 6’4 and can get after the ball. Last season, in limited playing time he totaled only 19 receptions, but also had a 2 TD game in Week 17 against the Eagles. It may take an injury to the Giants receiving core to really give Randle a chance to shine, which is highly unlik- oh wait, that’s right, the Giants still employ Hakeem Nicks. He’s extremely prone to injury. Randle is currently owned in only 47% of leagues. Draft him, pick him up, steal him, do whatever. Get Rueben Randle on your roster.
2. Bilal Powell (RB – NYJ): Yes, I know – a New York Jet. Yikes. But this just may be the only Jet with enough fuel to take off. He’s listed on their official depth chart as the number one back. You might be thinking to yourself, what about this guy I drafted in rounds 5-8, Chris Ivory? Well breaking news… He’s not very good. The Jets are poised to go in to Week 1 with an RBBC, but I think Powell is just the better back. Will he put up 20 point fantasy games? Highly unlikely. Will he be a decent flex option in 12 team leagues? For sure. Only owned in 29% of leagues on Yahoo! and it’s probably around there on many other fantasy venues.
3. Julius Thomas (TE – DEN): OH MAN! I NEED JIMMY GRAHAM! News flash: You don’t and Julius Thomas is a reason why. This guy is a physical stud and he is the Bronco’s starting tight end in front of Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme. Just look at Dreessen and Tammes’ totals from the 2012 season (combined): 93-911-7. Wow. Am I saying those will be Thomas’ totals? No I’m not. But if the Broncos feature him more and make Dreessen and Tamme block more, Thomas is a mega-sleeper and can post Top-10 TE numbers as it’s evident the Broncos love their TE’s. I understand he might be low on the pecking order, but there will be plenty of red-zone opportunities. Scoop him up. Only 26% of leagues are smart enough (in Yahoo!) to pick him up. That’s criminal.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST: Now, I don’t know about you, but I stream defenses. If you are unfamiliar with that term, it basically means that you cycle a specific postion in-and-out on a weekly basis depending on favorable match-ups. For this week, I bring to you the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They’re playing the Jets and rookie Geno Smith. Wow. Talk about tasty. They have a stellar secondary and a great defensive line. Will finish in the top-3 this weekend.
5. Terrelle Pryor (QB – OAK): No “Pick These Guys Up” list at this point in the season would be complete without Terrelle Pryor. You know his story at Ohio St. and you know that he was drafted in the 2011 Supplemental Draft by the late Al Davis. This season he’s been launched into the starting role with the Oakland Raiders. Upside is a great word in fantasy, and Terrelle Pryor has a ton of upside. He can run the ball, and though he’s not the most polished passer, it isn’t a big deal in fantasy. Just ask Tim Tebow. Pryor will likely be your back-up, but imagine if he blows up like an RG3, Russell Wilson, or Cam Newton. Stash him. He’s currently owned in less than 10% of leagues which prompts the question: Are you on drugs?