With NFL training camps set to start ramping up in mid-to-late July, there’s been a lot of digital ink spilled on the high-end dynasty assets. What about the late-round, end-of-roster guys who could provide massive value if they return flex-level fantasy points? Well, lucky for you all I’m here to provide you with that information! Here are some of my favorite players with an average draft position beyond 192, or the first 16 rounds, per DLF ADP.
Jamaal Williams, RB/Green Bay, 194.7 - Matt LaFleur has mentioned on a handful of occasions he would prefer a committee approach at running back. What the split ends up being is still up in the air. What isn’t up in the air, however, is the fact his backfield-mate Aaron Jones has yet to play an entire 16 game slate. Jones is no doubt the better fit, but Williams may provide standalone value depending on the committee split, and if Jones misses time, could be a plug-and-play flex option.
Demarcus Robinson, WR/Kansas City, 199.3 - This hurts my soul to even think about what I’m going to type here, but if Sammy Watkins misses time, Robinson steps into a massive role. Robinson may even return value depending on the Tyreek Hill situation, independent of my sweet Prince Watkins’ health. Yes, they just drafted Mecole Hardman, but Robinson has the advantage of going into his fourth year in Reid’s system. The wide receiver depth chart for the Chiefs isn’t exactly daunting and - at WR84 - Robinson is the perfect end-of-roster stash.
Justin Jackson, RB/Los Angeles Chargers, 202.8 - Melvin Gordon has played one full season in his four years in the NFL, while when Austin Ekeler was given the keys to the backfield kingdom in 2018 he disappointed. Through Weeks 13-15, Jackson provided two RB2 weeks, while Ekeler gave fantasy owners just one. If Gordon misses time, Jackson slides directly into flex consideration with slightly higher potential.
Preston Williams, WR/Miami, 212.3 - Williams was a highly-touted four-star college prospect who went from the University of Tennessee to Colorado State University due to off-field issues. Now in Miami as an undrafted free agent, Williams has been impressing throughout the teams’ offseason. Similar to Demarcus Robinson, there isn’t much in his way on the depth chart. Throw Williams on your taxi squad and see how the season unfolds. For a deeper look at Williams, check out Matt Griffith’s article.
Phillip Dorsett, WR/New England, 229.3 - The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement and there have been recent reports of N’Keal Harry struggling during minicamps. We should not expect Josh Gordon on the field until we see him, while James White and Julian Edelman are valuable receivers but who do not operate downfield. As Dorsett has a skill (deep speed) which all the other receiving options lack, it isn’t out of the question to see Dorsett thrust into a sizable role with Tom Brady throwing him passes.
Chris Conley, WR/Jacksonville, N/A - You can’t go much deeper than not having an ADP in June. Here’s the deal: the Jaguars’ wide receiver depth chart is far from set in stone, and newly-acquired quarterback Nick Foles apparently recruited Conley to join him after the two spent time together in Kansas City. Reports are now coming out of offseason activities that the connection between the two is real and Conley is looking good. At the NFL Combine Conley posted a 91st percentile 40-yard dash (4.35sec), a 99th percentile broad jump (139”), and a 99th percentile vertical jump (45”). He’s certainly not lacking athleticism, just usage, so new start might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Conley.
There you have it! Who are you stashing late in startup drafts or acquiring on the cheap in trades? Let me know on Twitter!