Fantasy Football: Late Round Players You Can Trust

After the first five or so rounds in fantasy football, it becomes fairly hard to decide who to pick. It all depends on what you are looking for on your team. Some players like Will Fuller have a high touchdown upside but have awful consistency with health. Other players have a solid floor but don’t have a tremendous upside due to the talent around them or other factors. Here are some players you can trust in your later rounds to give you a solid bye week fill-ins or just a player you can rely on to play for an injured starter.

Dak Prescott

Round 12, Quarterback 20

Dak Prescott has been consistently very good in fantasy. Prescott has finished as a top ten fantasy quarterback every year he has been in the league. This year, he may have the best supporting cast he has ever had around him, and if Ezekiel Elliott holds out, they may have to throw even more. You can trust his solid floor he will hold week to week.

Latavius Murray

Round 6, Runningback 32

Murray may be the backup to star runningback Alvin Kamara, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get touches too. The past two seasons, Mark Ingram has been fantasy relevant in the role of Alvin Kamara’s back up. Latavius Murray is now taking over that role in order to limit the touches they give to Kamara. Murray has a solid floor as well that you can trust, but he won’t outscore Kamara often if at all.

Rashaad Penny

Round 7, Runningback 34

Nov 15, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) carries the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Green Bay 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Rashaad Penny is another backup like Murray. Penny is the main backup to Chris Carson. The Seahawks plan to run the ball a lot just like last season, and that will make two runningbacks fantasy relevant. Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny fought for the secondary touches to Carson last season, but with Davis gone, Penny will get most if not all of the touches. On top of the solid floor he has, Carson has a history of injury, which would make Penny instantly a top 15 runningback.

Allen Robinson

Round 7, Wide Receiver 31

Just a few years ago, Allen Robinson erupted in fantasy with 1400 yards and 14 touchdowns with Blake Bortles at quarterback. Now in Chicago with Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy for a second season, Robinson is ready to jump back up to where he once was. Robinson might not quite get the stats he got in Jacksonville back in 2015, but he still is Mitch Trubisky’s main target. This alone gives Robinson a high floor granted Trubisky takes the next step.

DeDe Westbrook

Round 9, Wide Receiver 43

Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (12) runs for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook is now entering his third year in the NFL, which is the year most wide receivers break out. On top of this, there aren’t a whole lot of options in Jacksonville to throw to outside of Chris Conley. Westbrook got an upgrade at quarterback (Nick Foles) and offensive coordinator (John DeFilippo). DeFilippo loves to throw to ball as we saw at the beginning of last season in Minnesota. Westbrook already has a solid floor with Marqise Lee out, so you can easily trust his value here.

Austin Hooper

Round 13, Tight End 16

Austin Hooper always has a solid floor in fantasy. Somehow last season, he was a top five fantasy tight end. He doesn’t have a whole lot of upside because of all the talent around him, but he does have a solid floor. On top of the floor, the Falcons get to play in a dome 13 times in the 2019 season. This makes it much easier for Matt Ryan to throw the ball.

To help with your drafting process check out my sleepers, breakouts, busts, and types of players to avoid in redraft heading into the 2019 season! Be sure also to check out the Forums Page on Overtime Heroics for great discussion. Lastly, follow me on twitter @FF_JoeH for more great fantasy content and advice.

Joseph Herff

College student trying to make a name for myself in the sports writing industry.

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