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Thursday 30th Mar 2017

I am guessing we are all in the midst of crazy draft time. Right now, I am in the midst of two long term drafts, just finished one Monday night, and have two more coming up this weekend. This is on the heels of 15 mocks, and so I want to share a few names that have fallen a bit later in my drafts, and who might make great value selections in the mid-to-later rounds of your drafts, depending upon the rules and depth of your league.

Willie Snead (NO, WR): A lot of focus on wideouts here since the NFL is a passing game, but Snead is the 41st ranked receiver and 100th ranked pick per Yahoo despite catching 69 balls last year for 984 yards. Drew Brees can still throw, and Snead, who could only convert three of the receptions for scores, should still get plenty of targets and probably up his receptions and perhaps yards this season.

Markus Wheaton (PIT, WR): Wheaton is second fiddle to the best WR in the game, meaning when Antonio Brown is double-teamed, Wheaton has single coverage, and for a kid who scored five times and caught 44 for 749 yards last year again, those numbers should pick up under the guise of Ben Roethlisberger. Wheaton's ADP lies at #120, showing us that there is indeed depth at the position.

Clive Walford (OAK, TE): Walford has been a last round (15th) selection of mine in a lot of leagues at a position where unless you own Gronk, it is hit and miss from week-to-week. The Raiders are just beginning to raise eyebrows among the masses, but he is uber talented and on a team that will have a dynamite and dynamic passing game. 

John Brown (ARI, WR): Another guy on a team that looks to be among the best, and a team with a terrific passer in Carson Palmer, Brown is underrated despite 65 catches last year for 1003 yards and seven TDs. Brown comes in at #30 for the WR rankings, and #61 overall. He is a speed burner with plenty of upside.

Pierre Garcon (WAS, WR): If all the other WR's on this page are youngsters, Garcon moves in the other direction, but the Skin is still just 29, with nine years of experience under his belt. Garcon grabbed 77 passes last year for 777 yards and six scores, but is just the 69th ranked WR this year.

Derrick Henry (TEN, RB): Coming off some impressive runs against the Raiders last Saturday, Henry, a second-round selection of the Titans last June, scored a TD and bagged 49 yards on 12 carries and caught one pass. He is waiting in the wings, but those wings might well be in use before the season is over.

Matt Ryan (ATL, QB): Hard to believe Matty Ice can go undrafted in a 12-team league, but that seems to happen a lot. Just 31, and in good shape, Ryan threw for 21 scores and 4591 yards last season, and has tossed 202 TD passes over his nine years. He should at least get back-up consideration in a league that does value passing.

Stefon Diggs (MIN, WR): A rookie last year, Diggs made a lot of noise, nabbing 52 passes for 720 yards and four scores. Diggs averages being selected at #105, and there is a question about how he will connect with whomever replaces the injured Teddy Bridgewater, but Diggs is definitely a talent on the rise, and underappreciated.

Andy Dalton (CIN, QB): A lot like Ryan in that Dalton tossed 25 scores last year, but over 3520 yards. Dalton certainly should be a #2 on fantasy teams and not left languishing within the depths of the free agent pool. 

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