In redraft leagues a lot of owners have no reason to play for anything, other than watching a meaningless consolation bracket play out. In keeper and dynasty leagues, no playoffs doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention or making add/drops.
This week we are going to focus on what teams in keeper and dynasty leagues can do to help their teams for next season. Some of these players might be owned in your leagues, depending on size and your how your keepers set up.
This is a tough position to find lowly owned guys that you would actually want to rely on in the future. The young promising guys are already owned, and in many cases you only need to start one quarterback. Throw into it that most people already are keeping (or have) a good quarterback, there isn’t much of a need for a late season stash.
Before you close this article out and stop reading, hear me out. Bradford looked bad for a lot of this season by missing open receivers and just refusing to throw the ball downfield at times, but if you remember this is a completely new offense and nothing he has seen before, and he was coming off of a torn ACL last season. I think Bradford can make a big jump in production next season into the top 12 quarterbacks. Don’t stash him in small keeper leagues, but if your league is a dynasty league where you keep 15 or more players I would give Bradford a shot.
Usually at this point in the season running backs are easy finds, but this year a lot of them area already owned. In any league where you are keeping players, heck even in redraft leagues, guys like Jeremy Langford are already owned.
A bad leg injury cut his season short this year and he was working behind Mark Ingram prior to that. Robinson has nice talent and is only a Mark Ingram injury away from being a really good fantasy running back if he is in New Orleans next year. Robinson will be a free agent next season and could find himself somewhere else where he could possibly earn a larger role and really show what he can do. His injury will probably hurt his chances of signing with the intention of being a lead back or a high level backup, but in deep dynasty leagues he is worth an add if you need running backs.
He has struggled this year but won’t be back in Washington next season. Morris has shown promise in the past and could flourish again in a new environment.
Injured players to look for
These guys might be owned, but you never know if an owner had to drop an injured player for bench space.
Le’Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles, Arian Foster, Carlos Hyde
It is a little easier to find receivers for the long run. Between injured players and it being easier for a receiver to see the field than a running back, this position provides options for all kinds of leagues.
Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, Keenan Allen, Kevin White
Not much needs to be said about these guys. In 10 team leagues where you only keep 5 or less players these guys might be on the wire and are definitely worth owning. Owners of Nelson and Benjamin are probably still hanging on, but Allen and White are probably available in a lot of places.
Parker is owned in a lot of leagues, but should be owned in just about all keeper leagues deeper than six or seven spots. Parker has elite upside and the only reason it has taken him this long to get onto the field is because of a preseason foot surgery. Parker has elite upside for the future and could be a top 20 receiver as soon as next season.
Issues with his knee eventually sent him to the IR, but there was a reason he was drafted so highly this season. Perriman will be overlooked because of how the Ravens are looking right now, but he has talent and Joe Flacco is, obviously, a lot better than Matt Schaub. If Steve Smith does return (as of now it isn’t known for sure) he will be coming off of a torn Achilles tendon and will be 37. His age with the injury will make it hard for Smith to be a big option for the Ravens.
He has been on the field more lately with Brock Osweiler at quarterback and was always on my radar in redrafts. Latimer has a nice skill set, and if he can manage to secure the third receiver spot in Denver he can be a nice third receiver for fantasy as well. If something happens to either of the top two guys in Denver, I think Latimer can really get a chance to shine.
He has been making some big plays and showing off his speed lately. The biggest downside with Nelson is he has three really good receivers ahead of him with little chance that any of them will be gone next year. By investing in Nelson you are betting on the talent and hoping that the opportunity comes.
He has good pass catching talent and has shown the ability to put up some nice points at tight end this season. Gillmore’s upside is around the top eight for the tight end position which makes him worthy of keeper consideration in deeper leagues.
Heath Miller is around for now, but James has much better pass catching upside for fantasy purposes. The Pittsburgh offense is going to be high flying and as long as Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, almost anyone who sees a decent amount of snaps is worthy of owning.
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