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Who to draft: Longshots

You should consider using one of your round 13-16 picks on one of these seven players with upside. Profiled players include Josh Freeman, Knile Davis, Mike Gillislee, Shonn Greene, and Marcel Reece.


Heyward-Bey left Oakland for Indy and hopefully his fantasy production gets the jumpstart it needs to make us believers in his talents. He spent three seasons in Oakland with little to show, other than his nearly 1,000 yard reception season in 2011. In 2012 his yardage was significantly down. In Indy, Andrew Luck has the ability to make plays and throw solid passes to his wideouts. Luck should be allowed to throw at his discretion this season and that could mean a solid workload for Heyward-Bey. I say take a flyer on him later in your draft and see what happens, it might be very worthwhile. Darrius might yet live up to some expectations. His HSADP of 156 could allow you to grab him in one of the last three draft rounds. If you have the ability to pick him up there, he might surprise and be a guy you pull off your bench or trade.


Jordan Cameron is ranked #15 TE and has little to show from last season with under 250 receiving yards for one TD. Cleveland's Cameron is unproven, but with Chudzinski and Turner calling the shots, a big tight end could be focused on in many passing schemes. Yes, he will have Weeden throwing to him, but some chemistry can go a long way with a QB and a TE. Cameron could prove valuable as a later round pick if someone else does not see his value at the given time. Cameron could also see an immediate jump in value with Josh Gordon's impending suspension. As I view it, timing might be everything here as Cameron will need to be very productive early in the season for greater fantasy points. Maybe you can grab him and a top ten TE and have some options. Either way, if Cameron drops to the right spot, he could be a draft day steal. Cameron's current HSADP is 144, meaning he could be one of those guys on the bubble of dropping below round 12. If he drops to this level, you could be laughing if you get him in round 13 or 14 depending how TEs pan out in your draft. I have seen him draft as low as mid-thirteenth round in expert leagues. If you are in a non-traditional 10 team league or a league that uses multiple QBs, a tight end like Cameron could fall into your lap.

Jeb Gorham
Fort Collins, CO
FFToolbox Fantasy Football Writer since 2007
I have been involved in sports since a youngster, growing up playing nearly every sport imaginable. Short Track Speedskating was my main sport with six years competing at national and international levels. For the past ten years I have worked in the sports, fitness and wellness industry. Since 2011 I have been an Assistant Professor of Management - Sports Management at Southern Vermont College. I have my masters degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and my Ph.D. in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. I am an avid cyclist and fantasy sports are one of my many hobbies.