With the offseason in full swing its time to dabble into the fantasy football world. Now, assuming you've finally scrubbed the guy who picks only players from his favorite college team (looking at you OSU fan who took Troy Smith 2nd overall for no reason at all in 2007), most of the top picks are pretty much scripted. The real value is found in the later rounds. The diamonds in the rough that explode for 4-5 games and get you the points needed for victory. I'm talking about the James Starks and Knowshon Morenos, I'm talking about Michael Vick's first year back with the Eagles (we all remember that game versus Washington), and I can't forget to mention Thomas Rawls and David Johnson who balled out last season. I've done my research, scouting, and armchair quarterbacking and I've got 5 guys that I think will fly low under the radar and be solid grabs late in the draft.
1. CJ Prosise, HB/WR Seattle Seahawks
CJ is such a talented player. He went to Notre Dame as a safety, switched to receiver, and in his senior year switched to HB and played extremely well. With such a young RB group and not much depth at WR, I thinks it can be expected to see Prosise grab 30-40% of the carries as well as being on the field split out as a receiver. His experience in the passing game, and excellent vision make Prosise a solid late round grab for those in PPR leagues.
2. Chris Conley, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Conley may slip through the cracks in draft boards due to only have 17 receptions in his rookie campaign. Great height and Athleticism I think this is the year Conley steps up to WR 2 over Albert Wilson (who only had 35 catches himself) this season. A very natural pass catcher and elite speed makes me believe in Chris Conley. And he will be taken laaaaaaaaaaaaaateeeeeeee.
3. Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
There has been some buzz about Jamison recently, so don't wait too long here. The young man out of North Carolina may be small, but he is reliable and is on Kirk Cousin's radar being targeted 79 times on the season. Jamison isn't much of a redzone target, so his value really is found in PPR leagues, but Jamison actually had more catches and yards than Desean Jackson so take from that what you will.
4. Duke Johnson Jr., HB, Cleveland Browns
If there is one thing I know about new Browns HC Hue Jackson, its that he loves his running backs. Duke was criminally underused for the Browns last season and still managed to have 61 receptions. With both Benjamin and Hartline gone and WR1 being a rookie, expect Duke to be counted on to run and catch the football out of the backfield and rack up some solid YAC. Please Cleveland, don't do the same thing Miami did to Lamar Miller, use your talent or lose it.
5.Jace Amaro, TE, NYJ
With young quarterbacks we often see a tendency to check down and be reliant on the Tight end position. I think Jace is a big target with good hands that can really explode this season if he gets in rhythm. The Jets had a huge drop off of production at the receiving side of things. Both Decker and Marshall went for over 1,000 yards, but the next best was Powell with 47 receptions, and then Jace with 38. Whether its Geno or Hackenberg starting for the Jets, expect Amaro to bump up to around 50 catches next season.