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Top Value Picks for Your Draft

With fantasy drafts kicking off over the next few months, the buzz word around here throughout our prep has been value. Finding value in every round of your draft is something owners often think they are doing, but rarely are.

Pull up your fantasy drafts from last season. How many RB/WR picks after round 7 were hits? The value in those rounds is generally QB/TE with the occasional safe pick that works out, and rare sleeper pick that hits.

We broke down who not to pick earlier in the week, and shared some players you should target in place of those players. This article will identify players you can target throughout your draft, share their current ADP and where you should target them.

Our Top Value Picks for the 2016 Fantasy Football Draft

For this ‘experiment’ we are going to use a combination of a live Fantasy Football Calculator mock draft as well as their ADP’s. The draft we chose to use was the closest to what we thought an actual league draft would be at this stage of the offseason. ADP and the mock draft were both PPR/Flex.

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Dez Bryant

Current ADP : 12
Where We Are Targeting : Mid First Round
Bryant is currently being drafted 12th overall, behind a few players I think he should certainly be ahead of. I have Bryant well ahead of Green, Gronk, and Lamar Miller and think you could make an argument that he’s a better choice than Elliott given his guaranteed role in the Cowboys offense.

CJ Anderson

Current ADP : 36
Where We Are Targeting : Early to Mid 3rd Round
CJ has a chance to be a 3 down back in the league’s most run-heavy offense. We expect the Broncos offense to look better with a second full year in Kubiak’s system. Yes, even with Sanchez… It’s not like Peyton was lighting the world on fire last season and Sanders and Thomas are still on the outside.

Randall Cobb

Current ADP : 39
Where We Are Targeting : Early to Mid 3rd Round
Cobb didn’t meet expectations last year, but still plays with the best quarterback on the planet and will benefit a great deal from getting Nelson back on the outside. The Packers o-line was snakebitten with nonstop injuries last season, we are betting on a bounce-back year from both Rodgers and Cobb.

Jeremy Langford

Current ADP : 44
Where We Are Targeting : Early to Mid 3rd Round
It’s crazy to see how fast the fantasy world turned on Langford… He has a chance to be a 3 down back on a solid offense this season. I get his 3.6 ypc last season is scary, but in the 10 games he started or split time with Forte he faced Minnesota twice, Denver, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Green Bay. He still averaged over 65 ypg and scored 6 touchdowns over that stretch. I don’t think he’s a top 10 pick, but I like him more than DeMarco Murray, Latavius Murray, Matt Jones, and Jay Ajayi.

Duke Johnson

Current ADP : 75
Where We Are Targeting : Late 5th to Early 6th Round
Notice the common theme here, potential 3 down workhorse backs that are being drafted after guys in RBC’s. With 61 receptions in his rookie year, it’s clear Duke’s already got the 3rd down and passing work locked up. He should earn at least a share of the early down work from Crowell and could become a top 15 running back in Hue Jackson’s first year in Cleveland.

Marvin Jones

Current ADP : 96
Where We Are Targeting : Mid 7th Round
The Lions have said time and time again that they see Marvin Jones as their WR1 of the future. Only further proven by the fact that they didn’t draft an the position despite losing Megatron. Stafford looked unstoppable once Jim-Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator halfway through last season, and Jones could not only become his go-to receiver, but his top red zone target as well.

Willie Snead

Current ADP : 126
Where We Are Targeting : Late 8th Round
Snead burst onto the scene last season as the Saints WR2 behind Brandin Cooks. Snead ended the season second on the team in receptions, targets, yards, YPC, and should improve in year 2 with Brees. We know the issues the Saints have had in drafting and developing receivers, so adding Michael Thomas should have no effect on Snead’s role as the Saints number 2 receiver.

Dwayne Allen

Current ADP : 151
Where We Are Targeting : Late 11th to Early 12th Round
Dwayne Allen shed some weight this offseason… Coby Fleener. Now the undisputed #1 tight end in the Colts offense, the underrated Allen will shine this season with a healthy Luck. He’s clearly a red zone favorite, of his 29 receptions in 2014, 8 went for touchdowns. If you can get 70 receptions and 10 touchdowns out of Allen, he will be the steal of the 11th round.

Jared Cook

Current ADP : 175
Where We Are Targeting : Late 14th to Early 15th Round
Richard Rodgers is proof that you don’t even have to be talented to look good in the Packers offense. Jared Cook is certainly talented, experienced, and will have a legitimate NFL QB for the first time in his career. We really don’t know what Cook’s ceiling is here. He’s talented, fits the system, but has fooled us all so many times already. We’re taking the bait one more time, and in the 15th round, what’s there to lose?

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