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Five Draft Day Keepers for Fantasy Owners

As fantasy football league drafts draw closer, most individuals are shifting their focus to those ‘sleepers’ who, as the season wears on, will prove the difference makers on their teams. Since everyone knows that the Lucks, Rodgers, Bells, Murrays, Gronkowskis, and Gostkowskis of the National Football League will come quickly off the draft board, team owner are scrambling NOW to find those players who are going to be the difference between success and failure in their leagues. These players are the ones who have fallen under the radar yet have something to prove.

For those reasons, the following five players have shown up on a number of different websites as the difference makers that will put teams over the top in fantasy football: Mike Wallace (WR, Minnesota); Denard Robinson (RB, Jacksonville); Eddie Royal (WR, Bears); Doug Baldwin (WR, Seattle); and Robert Griffiin III (QB, Washington).

The go-to guy for fantasy players is Mike Wallace of Minnesota who finds himself back in an offensive scheme similar to the one that brought him success in Pittsburgh. Although Miami had high hopes when they signed him in free agency, they didn’t develop an offensive scheme for him. Rather it was geared to help out Ryan Tannehill. Whereas Wallace has proven to be a free agent bust, fantasy owners would do well to remember that Wallace thrives in an offense tailored to his home-run threat capabilities, which is what Turner in Minnesota favors. With Bridgewater at quarterback, Peterson in the backfield, and Patterson flanking him, the sky is the limit for Wallace. He is a fantasy keeper.

While Denard Robinson helped himself last season with nearly 700 rushing yards, the former Michigan quarterback will see his touches and playing time decreased greatly now that Jacksonville has invested a first round pick in Alabama rookie,T.J. Yeldon. With Yeldon number one on the depth chart and Toby Gerhart in the backfield, too, playing time will be limited for Robinson unless special packages are built to utilize his skill set.

Unlike Robinson, Eddie Royal should see plenty of playing time in Chicago after being reunited with former Denver Bronco teammate, Jay Cutler. The chemistry between them that resulted in 92 receptions his rookie season should turn profitable in many ways for the Bears, and he should be considered a draft day keeper.

In addition to Royal, Doug Baldwin of Seattle is a fantasy league bargain. Last year, Baldwin endured double coverage. Now with tight end Jimmy Graham from New Orleans in the mix, Baldwin’s numbers should bounce up with the single coverage now afforded him.

Aside from Baldwin, Robert Griffin III proves a perfect low cost high reward risk that a fantasy owner should take. This will be year two playing for Gruden and with a club option for this year, it stands to reason that Griffin will be prepared to succeed. Lastly, and for the same reason that Baldwin looks attractive, is that Robert Griffin III has tremendous upside for the low cost that an owner would have to expend.

GRFF Staff

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