Bartender Matt, hometown hero and Fantasy Football superstar, offers his point of view on the 3 best late round draft picks that have made the biggest difference for his team.
Hey, I'm Matt. I've played Fantasy Football for years, have schooled multiple leagues, and can't get enough of the great game that is American Football. Here are my best late draft picks and why they have helped my team:
DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans
Playing with Derrick Henry, the hype on the 6'3" 247 pound rookie back out of Alabama was real, fantasy owners shied away from DeMarco Murray, the proven 3 down back. His average draft position was pushed back past the 4th round and now is returning 1st round value with nothing indicating this will change as long as he stays healthy. Through 4 weeks, he is the #1 Running Back, putting up double digit points every week and scoring 5 times. Derrick Henry is a good add in dynasty/keeper leagues and as a high end handcuff but he won't be startable as long as DeMarco is playing.
Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions
Last year Marvin Jones showed glimpses of his big play ability in Cincinnati. The only problem was that he had to play alongside an elite talent in A.J. Green and did not have the opportunity and targets to step up as a week-to-week lock on your roster. Jones signed a big contract in Detroit this off season and there was much debate on who would emerge as Detroits #1 receiver, Marvin Jones or Golden Tate, after the surprising retirement of Megatron. Tate was drafted near the end of the 5th round while Jones fell down as late as the 8th round. Now, after 4 games, it is clear Jones is Matthew Stafford's favorite target and he has scored the 3rd most fantasy points for Wide Receivers. Jones has shown a Calvin Johnson-esque chemistry with Stafford and isn't somebody you should look to sell high on if you were one of the savvy owners who drafted him this year. His production looks to be completely sustainable going forward.
Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings
Tight end is always an interesting position come draft day. Do you get one of the few elite talents in the first or second round? Or do you wait and try and catch a sleeper? Every year there is a late round or undrafted tight end that can be a difference maker and this year it is Kyle Rudolph, the Red Zone Reindeer (just made that up and I like it). Minnesota is a run first offense with a top 3 defense, however when newly acquired quarterback Sam Bradford does throw the ball, he has targeted the big man 33 times. Rudolph has averaged 55 yards a game which is a nice floor for a tight end and has scored in his last 3 games. He will be a top 10 tight end rest of season with top 5 upside.
That's all the secrets I'll share with you right now, check back in 4 weeks for my Mid Season Break Down!