It’s very important to do your prep work prior to you Fantasy Draft. Whether it’s doing countless mock drafts or getting those tiers and rankings just right, the extra prep work you put in pre-draft can give you a huge advantage over the next guy. One major thing to take into consideration is league scoring. The scoring systems can greatly change the values of players you draft and where you draft them. PPR scoring is just one example. No matter how many points your league gives for each reception, it can shake up player values. Many times people will skip over certain players based on their playing time, offensive scheme or playmaking ability.
The following are some players that have been consistent PPR studs the last three years, that me be being underrated and could help your team in 2013.
Roddy White: When the Falcons drafted Julio Jones in 2011, many fantasy enthusiasts preached about this being the end of Roddy White. Needless to say that hasn’t happened, as Rowdy Roddy has continued his trusted PPR goodness with a top 10 finish the last two years. While his overall numbers have been slowly declining, he is still a PPR beast. When he slips on draft day, you should catch him with open arms. Roddy White is a excellent value PPR Stud.
Wes Welker: While many people may be discounting Welker due to his age, team change or lack of play making ability, the truth is he is he is a PPR machine, finishing in the top 10 in the league in receptions with 326 total receptions over the past three season. Now paired up with Peyton Manning –a master technician- expect Welker to contend once again for the most receptions in the league. Currently Wes Welker’s average draft position is 4.07, a massive bargain if your league is one point per reception.
Andre Johnson: Old, injury prone, and lack of touchdowns are things often said the describe Andre Johnson. With the exception of 2011, he has finished in the top 10 twice in the last three years for receptions. If Andre can stay healthy, he should have a massive season now that teams can no longer double cover him on every play with the addition of rookie DeAndre Hopkins.
Brandon Marshall: A top 10 PPR monster the past three season with his receptions climbing in each year. Marshall tends to get nicked up at times, but he is still the WR1 for the Bears. With elite play making ability and the addition of more surrounding talent, Marshall should have a productive 2013 fantasy season.
Reggie Wayne: What once was Peyton Manning’s right hand man, still continues to be a productive PPR option for Andrew Luck. With a new offense being installed, I think Wayne’s number have a chance to decrease overall, but will still be a favorite target for Andrew Luck. He is an excellent value pick.
Jason Witten: Witten might not be the most flashy tight end in the NFL today, but he is the most consistent as well as Tony Romo’s safety blanket. Witten finished in the top 10 in receptions in 2012 and 2010, and finished in the top 15 in 2011. While many clamor for Gronkowski and Graham, I think Witten may even be a more reliable option for PPR.
Darren Sproles: Since being traded to the Saints, Sproles has been one of the best PPR options out of the backfield. In fact, Sproles has lead the league in receptions among running backs the past two seasons. Despite him not being the “lead back” on the team, Sproles is EASILY a RB1 in any PPR league.
Tony Gonzalez: The old timer has one more year left in him, and that’s one more year of premium PPR production for your fantasy team. Gonzo has top 15 finisher in receptions the last two season with Atlanta and has the ability to finish 2013 as the league leader in receptions among tight ends.
Marques Colston: Colston may lose a few field stretching opportunities to Jimmy Graham, but he is still one of the top options in a pass first Saints offense. Colston has been a steady PPR option for a few years now, and should continue to be among the leading wide receivers in receptions this season. A great value player you’re likely to overlook.
Stevie Johnson: Despite his many minor injuries, and poor quarterback play, Stevie Johnson has been a great option for PPR leagues and a value pick you can add with ease. The Bills have more deep threats and speed options, allowing Johnson to work shorter routes and be a safe option for what I hope is starting rookie quarterback E.J. Manual.