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Undervalued Fantasy Players


Jcharles
Updated: 9/02/2020

Undervalued players are players that are being drafted later than their rank should justify. For example, if a player is ranked 40th on our player list in a perfect world it would mean that player would be drafted with the last pick of the 4th round in a 10 team league, or pick number 40. If they are drafted significantly later than the 40th pick then the player is being undervalued. This makes that player a great value (if we trust the projections), because their performance should exceed other players we could have chosen with the same draft pick. The purpose of this article is to show which players are currently being undervalued according to their rank and average draft position. These will be players we will want to target to get optimal value out of our draft.

The data we are using comes from our sister site www.fandraftic.com. Fandraftic is an online web application to make fantasy drafting easier, but it allows us to easily see the overvalued players. We are using an average of the projections for the players from sites like ESPN, Sportsline, Numberfire, etc and applying them to the default Yahoo scoring and roster type for a 10 team league. The average draft position data comes from www.fantasyfootballcalculator.com. Anyway, enough about that, let's get started.

Player Team/Position Rank ADP Notes
Lamar Jackson Ravens/QB 6 18 There is no chance that Lamar Jackson is going to be as undervalued as he was last year, but it seems taking the league by storm still hasn't completely killed Jackson's value. In a 10 team league Lamar Jackson is being drafted near the end of the 2nd round, but still provides 1st round value. I normally avoid the early QBs fearing the lost value of RBs and WRs, but if you want Lamar as your QB it looks like if you can snag him around his ADP you'll be happy.
Deshaun Watson Texans/QB 20 61 Deshaun Watson's ADP kind of illustrates my point about avoiding drafting a QB too early. Lamar Jackson has 1st round value that you may be able to get in the 2nd round, but Deshaun Watson provides end of the 2nd round value that can be picked up at the end of the 6th round. That seems so crazy I had to look up the ADP again to make sure. Therefore, it may be possible to fill your first 5 rounds with studs and follow it up with a stud QB. Seems like a no brainer.
Dak Prescott Cowboys/QB 22 56 I'm noticing a trend here. The first 3 players that have a rank at least 1 round better than their ADP are all QBs. Not much to add here, the value in the QB position has been so good over the last few years you're guaranteed to find value.
Jonathan Taylor Colts/RB 35 47 How will Philip Rivers change things in Indy? How much playing time will the rookie Taylor get compared to Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines? It seems the projectors seem to believe that Jonathan Taylor will be able to benefit fantasy wise this year with him projected to have 4th round value at 5th round prices.

Overall
We're still pretty early with the projections and the ADP values so hopefully we'll see a fair amount of movement in the next few weeks as new news comes out. Check back for updates, or go to fandraftic.com to see the complete rankings.