One of the biggest factors in achieving success in fantasy football is the ability to determine appropriate value for players. There are many ways of finding out the market value of a player, from partaking in numerous mock drafts to consulting websites like Fantasy Football Calculator to determine a player’s average draft position.
After getting a sense of where players are typically getting drafted, it’s important to target the players that can offer a nice return despite not costing you a high pick. That’s where we come in. Here’s our list of the biggest values in the draft for 2017.
Lamar Miller, RB, Texans (ADP=2nd round-24th overall)—If he’s going 24th overall and you’re in a snake draft, that could leave you with David Johnson or Le’Veon Bell taken first overall, and Miller. The Texans’ back retains a very high floor with the amount of touches he’ll receive. The team should have a better passing game, taking pressure off him.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks (3rd round-26th overall)—Taking the No. 1 WR from a team with a healthy Russell Wilson in the third round could prove to be very effective. He may even fall farther than this, given that he’s never been an exciting name for fantasy.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos (3rd round-33rd overall)—He got drafted way earlier last season, but I think he puts up even better numbers this year. Thomas was a disappointment last year as a WR1, but if he matches those numbers this season, it’ll be good value at where he’s being drafted.
Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots (4th round, 47th overall)—He’s expected to take LeGarrette Blount’s role and was extremely efficient last season. Gillislee could be an RB1 taken in the fourth round.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers (4th round, 48th overal)—Bryant might end up dropping even farther if owners shy away from him due to off-the-field issues. Keep an eye on his status, he hasn’t been fully reinstated quite yet, because he could be a steal in the fourth round.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins (5th round, 54th overall)—Taking a WR2 with possible WR1 upside in the fifth would be nice. He was tenth in receiving yards last year, but scored just four times.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts (6th round, 70th overall)—He would have had a highly productive season in 2016 if he hadn’t missed time. In nine games he scored seven touchdowns and could be WR2-level in the sixth round.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins (6th round, 71st overall)—It seems like most fantasy experts have given the edge to Terrelle Pryor as the next No. 1 receiver in Washington. Crowder already has chemistry with Kirk Cousins and virtually tied Pryor in fantasy points last season.
Frank Gore, RB, Colts (7th round, 78th overall)—To draft a running back that finished as an RB1 in 2016 in the seventh round is the definition of finding great value. Even with questions surrounding his age and Marlon Mack, the price isn’t too high for this workhorse.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Ravens (8th round, 87th overall)—Taking the No. 1 receiver on the Ravens in the eighth round is a tremendous value selection. You’ll have WR2 potential without having to go out on a limb, selecting him in the eighth.
Eric Decker, WR, Titans (8th round, 99th overall)—If Marcus Mariota continues to move in the right direction, Decker could put up WR2 numbers. He’s a nice candidate to make a comeback after playing in just three contests last year.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions (10th round, 122nd overall)—Stafford slings the ball around so much, it’s crazy to think he’ll be available in the tenth round. The return of Ameer Abdullah makes the dinks and dunks Stafford throws even more dangerous.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings (11th round, 128th overall)—Thielen outperformed Stefon Diggs last season, who is being drafted nearly 50 spots ahead him. He’s a WR3 with WR2 potential, being drafted extremely late in mock drafts.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals (12th round, 140th overall)—With weapons like A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and rookies Joe Mixon and John Ross, Dalton definitely has an opportunity to end up a QB1 at a ridiculously low cost.
Robert Woods, WR, Rams (14th round, 194th overall)—He’ll be the No. 1 WR on the Rams. That’s the bad news. The good news is he can be had for next to nothing.