By Steve Braun, Associate Editor – DobberFootball
“My uncle’s dying wish was to have me sitting on his lap. He was in the electric chair.”
– Rodney Dangerfield 1921 – 2004
For those of you who may not be familiar with the great comedian Rodney Dangerfield, the theme of his act was “I don’t get no respect.” In keeping with that theme I’m providing a list of players, the DobberFootball All Dangerfield Team, who ‘don’t get no respect’ from fantasy league owners. It’s a team of players who I feel are being drafted later than they should be and therefore represent ADP value for your draft. The following players currently have an ADP after the tenth round in standard leagues. Check out the inaugural 2012 All Dangerfield Team here.
QB – Josh Freeman (TB): Freeman was the twelfth highest scoring fantasy QB in 2012, yet he’s going off the board in the 13th round as the 22nd QB selected. The Bucs were 10th in passing yards and 8th in passing TD’s last season and the only offensive weapon they lost was the aging TE Dallas Clark. There’s no reason to think Freeman and the Buccaneers can’t duplicate 2012 or come close. Plus Freeman should be motivated by his upcoming free agency.
RB – Knowshon Moreno (DEN): Moreno’s current ADP is in the 14th round, at that price he’s a great high risk/high reward selection. Fantasy experts awarded Montee Ball the bell cow RB role 17 seconds after he was drafted by the Broncos. Early in training camp Ronnie Hillman was number one on the RB depth chart. Neither is nearly as good a pass protector as Moreno. With Peyton Manning as your QB, blitz pickup is priority number one – and two. Denver likely won’t go with one RB getting all the carries, and although Ronnie Hillman has improved quite a bit in that area, I believe Moreno will still see plenty of action. A bit of a gamble but in the 14th round most players are.
RB – Denard Robinson (JAC): While the demise of Maurice Jones-Drew has been greatly exaggerated by some, it sounds like Robinson will see lots of playing time. He’s a playmaker who can line up in two RB sets or as a WR. He’s currently being drafted in the 14th round, I think he should be at least one round higher and should outperform many of the guys going in the 12th and 13th.
WR – Ryan Broyles (DET): The Lions throw it about 1,356 times a game, and while Megatron can handle most of them, the Lions would be smart to spread the ball around and it says here they will. Broyles, the Lions second round pick, will be the beneficiary. He’s currently sitting third on the depth chart but that’s simply respect for veteran Nate Burleson. Broyles is coming off a nasty injury but he’s healthy and ready to go. A nice value pick in the eleventh round.
WR – Brian Hartline (MIA): Hartline was the 35th best fantasy WR last season yet he’s being drafted in the 12th round and the 54th receiver taken. Mike Wallace was a big free agent signing by the Dolphins and gets the number one WR title but he won’t take all of Hartline’s targets. Last year Hartline had 74 receptions and #2 Davone Bess had 61. I can see Hartline getting about the same as last year and Wallace getting sixty some. Great value pick in the 12th round.
WR – Alshon Jeffery (CHI): Jeffery returns for another season on the All Dangerfield Team. This year his ADP is the eleventh round but it should be at least a round earlier. Jeffery’s 2012 season was ruined by injury but he’s healthy and has locked up the number two WR spot. In a Marc Trestman offense the number two receiver will get plenty of action. This is the year Jeffery breaks out.
TE – Rob Housler (ARI): Our regular readers probably know I have a bit of a man-crush on Housler for this season. Last year he had 45 catches for over 400 yards, this year he’ll have an actual NFL quarterback throwing to him. The Cards offensive line is still a bit of a mess, but Palmer operated behind a less than stellar line last season and hit his tight end for over 800 yards. It’s unfathomable that Housler’s going undrafted.
PK – Kai Forbath (WAS): The number four scoring offense from 2012 should at least end up top ten this season if not top five again. Forbath will get lots of points so why is he the fifteenth kicker being taken?
Defense – Green Bay: Their current ADP is late fourteenth round as the fifteenth team D selected. They finished 11th in points and total yards, and have great playmakers like Clay Matthews and Casey Hayward. Rookie Datone Jones looks to start and will wreak havoc on the defensive line. The Packers D should be drafted a bit earlier.
*In case one of the first team goes down with injury or doesn’t fulfill his obligations as a starter, here are the second stringers:
QB – Sam Bradford (STL): Last years Dangerfield starter is currently going in the 13th round. He has more weapons at his disposal and has the same offensive coordinator as last year for a change. He’ll out-perform his ADP.
RB – Marcel Reece (OAK): McFadden has yet to play a full season as fantasy GM’s know. Last year’s McFadden handcuff Mike Goodson was injured at the same time, so Reece stepped up and averaged 11 points over the four games. Unlike McFadden Reece can benefit from a bad o-line with short dump passes he can turn into something bigger. A good deal at his 14th round ADP to stash until McFadden goes down.
WR – Robert Woods (BUF): Woods should either be the number one outside receiver or the slot man. It’s a bit of a gamble counting on a rookie but with a fourteenth or even fifteenth round pick you’re basically gambling anyway. Whether EJ Manuel or Kevin Kolb starts Woods should get plenty of targets. Besides WR Stevie Johnson the Bills don’t have much in the way of established pass catchers.
TE – Zach Sudfield (NE): No Gronkowski, and no Hernandez means Sudfield is the most skilled pass catcher on the Patriots roster. I’m sure the Pats will adjust their game plan to put less focus on the TE position but it will still be a significant part of their scheme. Sudfield could be a high end TE2 with upside for more if he performs well when the games are for real.
PK – Havard Rugland (DET): Hey it’s only your kicker, why not take a chance on Kickalicious? He’s currently not being drafted but so far is doing well and could unseat veteran David Akers as a cheaper option.
Defense – Cleveland – The Browns are currently going off the board as the fourteenth D taken. There’s not a scary offensive team in their division so there’s six decent matchups right there. I like what they’ve done in the offseason and expect them to be a fair bit better than last year. Plus their offense should be better which takes pressure off the D.
So there you have it, the 2013 DobberFootball All Dangerfield Team. Late round value at every position for your fantasy football draft.