You win fantasy football championships by hitting on late-round draft picks. It’s somewhat easy to draft a stud in the first three rounds, but deep in the draft is where leagues are won. Since this is the case, you need to know who to keep an eye out for as your draft progresses. Here are five late-round targets for 2020 fantasy football drafts:
Jordan Howard (ADP: 9th Round)
Howard is someone I’ve often preached taking this year, even going as far to say that I want him in all of my leagues. This is because he will likely receive a much larger workload than you would expect a 9th round pick to see. As you may already know, volume is king for fantasy running backs. Miami’s running back core received 284 carries in 2019. Howard — who’s only real competition for touches is Matt Breida — is the likely candidate to see the bulk of that tentative workload this season. He has a lot of upside at his ADP, which is exactly what you should be looking for in late-round running backs.
Hayden Hurst (ADP: 12th Round)
Like Howard, it’s no secret that I love Hurst at his current ADP. Matt Ryan and the Falcons love to utilize their tight ends in the passing game. Just look at Austin Hooper, who racked up 71+ catches in both of his last two seasons in Atlanta. Hurst was stuck in a poor situation behind Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle on Baltimore’s depth chart, but he now has the opportunity to step in as Atlanta’s potential #3 target. Expect a ton of balls to come his way this season.
Allen Lazard (ADP: 14th Round)
The Packers failed to add a receiver in the off-season or the NFL Draft — much to Aaron Rodgers’ dismay — and someone will have to catch passes besides Davante Adams. Lazard is the apparent #2 receiver in what should remain a pass-heavy offense (Rodgers throws almost 600 balls per year). You can get Lazard for dirt-cheap in the 14th round of drafts. He likely won’t be a league-winner but should see a significant boost in targets and production.
Emmanuel Sanders (ADP: 9th Round)
Emmanuel Sanders fits seamlessly into New Orleans’ high-octane offense, providing Drew Brees with his first legitimate #2 receiver since Brandin Cooks. Sanders may be 33, but he’s racked up 66+ catches in each of his last two seasons. He has a ton of upside in what could be the most dynamic offense in the NFL this year. 75 catches for 750 yards could certainly be attainable for the veteran receiver, making him a potential steal at his ADP in the 9th Round.
Cam Newton (ADP: 14th Round)
Newton is a complete wildcard this year, but there is some evidence that gives you reason to take a chance on him. The former MVP has five top-four fantasy finishes in his career, and has never finished outside of the top-17 when he has played at least 14 games. With that type of upside — and his apparent determination to prove critics wrong — it’s hard to justify passing up on Newton at his current ADP. I’m not saying draft him as your starting quarterback, but take a chance on him as your backup in fantasy football drafts. He could surprise you.
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