5 Steals for your Fantasy Football Draft

There are dozens of good players in the fantasy draft pool every year, but being able to play the draft and find value picks is crucial to building the foundation for your championship-winning team. Today we have 5 absolute steals to dominate your league with:

  1. Antonio Brown

ADP: 113.5 WR 45

It’s insane how fast people forgot about the 7x Pro-Bowler and 2x first team All-Pro. Yes, he’s had his off-field issues, but when he is on the field and playing, he is still a lights-out wide receiver. He signed with Tampa Bay in mid-October last year, and once he found his footing in the new offense, he was a very good plug-and-play option for fantasy teams. From Week 11 on, he averaged the 18th most fantasy points of WR’s who played 3+ games over that stretch. He averaged more than DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, D.J. Moore, and DK Metcalf from Week 11 on. Is he going to out-perform those players in 2021? Probably not, but he doesn’t need to in order to be valuable to your team. He’s being picked as the WR 45 right now, below Tyler Boyd, Deebo Samuel, Jaylen Waddle, Laviska Shenault, and Michael Pittman. As it sits right now, you could be getting a surefire WR3 and flex play with mid WR2 potential, and you can get him for next-to-nothing. Absolute steal.

2. Austin Ekeler

ADP:16.5 RB 10

There’s not much to say about Austin Ekeler, except, he’s AWESOME! He is going to absolutely kill it in PPR leagues this year. Last year, he suffered a brutal hamstring injury after just a few games, but he was able to return for a few games at the end of the year, which showed us exactly who he will be with Justin Herbert. Most people, myself included, avoided Ekeler last year in drafts because checkdown-master Philip Rivers left the team, and that was supposed to drastically hurt his value in PPR leagues. Owners of Austin Ekeler, however, were and are excited to see him averaging over 6 targets per game with Justin Herbert. Combine his safe PPR floor with the most improved offensive line and a large offensive workload and you’ve got yourself a fantasy superstar. I would feel comfortable taking him anytime after the 5th overall pick.

3. Ryan Tannehill

ADP: 110.3 QB 14

Ryan Tannehill might be the best value pick in the entire draft this year. He is being drafted as the QB 14(!) in redraft leagues. This offseason has fully set him up for a monster fantasy season, with the addition of (soon to be) first ballot Hall of Famer Julio Jones, Tannehill will have the best WR duo in the NFL along with a 2,000 yard rusher coming out of the backfield. The defense will regress in 2021, making the games more of a shootout and requiring Tannehill to pass the ball more. And we can trust that he is a good enough quarterback to do it because, well, we’ve seen him do it. When he took over for Marcus Mariota in 2019, from Week 6 on he averaged the 4th most fantasy points of any quarterback. Ever since he’s taken over the Titans, he’s been top 7 in QB PPG. Ryan Tannehill will be a stud this year, so I recommend waiting on quarterback and grabbing him in the 9th or 10th round to really put a bow on your roster.

4. Damien Harris

ADP: 105.9 RB 37

What if I told you that you could draft the lead running back on a run-first team behind a top 5 line in the NFL in the ninth round? Sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Whether you noticed or not, Damien Harris was outstanding last year; he averaged 5 yards per carry against one of the highest stacked-box percentages in the NFL. Every team they played knew they were going to run the ball because they literally couldn’t pass it with Cam Newton and no weapons. This offseason, however, changed things.  They added weapons to both the offense and defense, specifically in their tight end room, which now has two prolific run blockers. The stage is now set for Damien Harris to take over, especially if and when Mac Jones takes over the starting job. However, his low receptions could possibly limit his upside this year. He does have a terrific rushing floor, and is a steal and a good flex option/low end RB2 at his insanely low ADP.

5. Robby Anderson

ADP: 103.8 WR 43

Robby Anderson is coming off of a career best year in 2020, and 2021 looks to be just as good. He was better than you remember; he had over 1,000 yards and finished above Terry Mclaurin, Diontae Johnson, Ceedee Lamb, and DJ Moore. Robby has a very defined role in the offense, giving him a safe PPR floor. Throw in the fact that Carolina added a competent QB that Robby already had established a connection with in Sam Darnold. Darnold is going to sling the ball down the field, and that’s where him and Robby really connected in New York. Look for Anderson to finish with over 1,000 yards again, outperform his stupidly low ADP at WR 43, and be a trustworthy flex guy for your team in 2021.

*ADP’s based off of Sleeper app 6/31/2021

* Points and rankings based on full PPR scoring settings


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