These are the type of players to try and acquire for your dynasty teams before the season starts. The price to get them, as well as their longevity may vary, but forming a solid foundation of fantasy points is a key to building a dynasty.
This time of the year is a buzz in the NFL. Training camp and preseason action is under way and the regular season is right around the corner. The hype is beginning to build for pretty much every player in the league. I’m pretty sure every player is being reported on as “in the best shape of his life” or “is poised for a breakout year.” While some of this may be true, there are always players slipping through the cracks of the media hype. Players are either forgotten about due to age, situation, or simply because they aren’t the shiny new toy in town. These are the type of players to try and acquire for your dynasty teams before the season starts. The price to get them, as well as their longevity may vary, but forming a solid foundation of fantasy points is a key to building a dynasty. Here are seven players that I feel are dynasty gems that should be targeted as we head into the 2014 fantasy football season.
Nick Foles: Since taking over the starting job in 2013, Foles didn’t put up any scores below double digits. His lowest was 16 points in week 17 according to ESPN standard scoring. This uptempo Eagles offense has nowhere to go but up. With some experience under his belt, I feel that Foles is in position to become one of the top five dynasty quarterback options. His value is hard to judge based on opinions and league scoring/settings. While quarterbacks have become somewhat devalued in dynasty leagues over the past few years, Foles has enough upside to warrant making a move for him, especially if you NEED a QB. I think a 2nd round rookie pick would be a reasonable price to pay for him.
Jordan Cameron: Since the tight end explosion we had a few years back, top tier tight ends have become few and far between. However, Jordan Cameron seems to be slowly separating himself from the meddling pack. There are several factors for this. In 2013, Cameron showed everyone what he is capable of totaling 80 receptions with 917 and seven touchdowns, ranking him second on the team in all of those categories. He has proved he can put up the numbers and should have even more of an opportunity to due to the Browns wide receiver situation. Cameron is primed to take over as a top three fantasy tight end, if he isn’t there already. The only thing that is somewhat concerning is his head injuries. He has only missed a couple games due to head injuries, but we all know how scary those have become. Still, I think Cameron is a must target. I would easily give up a 1st round rookie pick for him if you need a TE or even if you want another TE that you can start as a FLEX.
Roddy White: Veteran players are often a polarizing topic among the dynasty community. With most dynasty owners, youth is constantly in the forefront off all their decision making. Some will even go to the extreme of only rostering players under a certain age. However, I am not scared of rostering veterans. I feel certain veteran’s style of play can transcend their age and Roddy White is a perfect example. He has always been more of a short range, possession receiver who racks up the PPR points. At 32 years of age, with an injury plagued 2013, I think many owners are done with him. However, prior to last season, he hadn’t missed a game in his nine year career. I think “Rowdy” Roddy has a good two or three years left in him and could be a consistent source of PPR points in a pass happy offense. I think a good value for him would be a 2nd round rookie pick. I would feel very comfortable giving that up for him.
Khiry Robinson: It’s not often that i recommend investing in the running back position, especially going out and trying to acquire one. However, almost all leagues still require you to start at least one RB each week. I’m a fan of going with cheap upside at the position and nobody represents that better than Khiry Robinson. We saw him in limited action towards the end of last season and he looked pretty good. I also think he is in a pretty good situation. Pierre Thomas will still get his share of action, but is closing in on the dreaded 30 year old RB club. Many expect Mark Ingram to take a big step up in 2014, but he hasn’t looked very impressive thus far. Ingram will probably see an increased workload, but it’s hard to judge what he will do with it as far as fantasy point production goes. I think Robinson will pick up the slack of the departed Darren Sproles. Khiry is more than capable of catching passes and is a better pure runner than Sproles, in my opinion. He is also only 24 years old, with little wear on the tires. I think he sees enough of a workload going forward to warrant adding him to your dynasty team, especially in PPR leagues. I think a late 2nd or an early 3rd round rookie pick would be enough to snag him from another owner.
Cordarrelle Patterson: The cat is out of the bag. Patterson was one of the most hyped prospects coming into the 2013 NFL Draft. The scouting reports were all over the place, but the common theme in them was “upside.” We definitely saw flashes of that with his dynamic kick returns and a handful of big plays last season. Patterson ended the season with 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns. This year, Patterson should step up his game in the new Norv Turner offense and could drastically improve those stats. The Vikings have on paper, what looks like a sneaky good offense. With Teddy Bridgewater hoping to be their franchise signal caller, Adrian Peterson leading a strong running game, receiving threats like Kyle Rudolph and Patterson, Minnesota could start putting up some serious point totals. Patterson is the kind of player that could develop into one of the top receiving threats in a few years. I think your best bet in trying to get Cordarrelle from an owner is from one that is new to dynasty, or maybe an owner that took over an orphaned team. If you do, offering up a 1st round pick and maybe a throw-in pick or player may lock him up in a trade.
Terrance Williams: It seems like every season for the past few years we have been looking for the other receiver to step up in Dallas, to complement Dez Bryant. Many dynasty owners have clamored to the likes of Miles Austin, Dwayne Harris and Kevin Ogletree in the past, hoping to snag some of the fantasy production from a team that throws more than most would assume. I remember many in the dynasty/draftnik community talking about how, Williams wasn’t ready for the NFL just yet, as he was raw and needed to develop his route running. Skip ahead a single year and dynasty owners are happy to have him on their roster. While I won’t deny he is still fine tuning his game, it looks like the Cowboys may have finally found their WR2. The situation is great and the future looks bright for the former Baylor Bear. If you need a WR, a 2nd round rookie pick is about right for Williams.
DeAndre Hopkins: “Nuke” was talked up as being one of the safer draft picks in the 2013 NFL draft. After landing in a nice situation, the buzz started to build around Hopkins. He even went as high as the 1.1 pick in many rookie drafts last year. His rookie season saw some ups and downs, as well as a few injuries. The result was many dynasty owners looking to sell him off. It’s strange as Hopkins seems to be a forgotten man no the dynasty scene. Obviously, people know he is there, but I rarely see his name mentioned anywhere. All that being said, I still believe in him. While I don’t think he will be an elite receiver in the league any time soon, I think he is a great talent and could be a foundation piece in the Houston offense for several years. In my eyes, he is worth a late 1st or early 2nd round rookie pick, but you may be able to get him at even more of a discount due to his “hype” value.