Thomas Stephens checks in with Defying Fantasy: Draft, Trade or Waiver Wire.
The NFL season is beginning on Thursday, and you must sure up your starting line-ups as well as your bench. Here are a few low profile players that you may acquire via draft, trade, or waiver wire. When the dust settles in December securing some of these players may garner you that coveted championship.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett was a viable option in Chicago, Cutler relied on him heavily. In three seasons there he racked up 208 receptions with 14 touchdowns. Now he’s moved on to fantasy heaven, New England. He’s beginning the year with Jimmy Garoppolo and should post decent numbers. However, week five is when the party begins, the legend returns, Tom Brady. Bennett will be a top 10 fantasy tight end.
Chris Ivory: Ivory enjoyed a breakout season last year. He became fantasy relevant, rushing for over 1,000 yards with 7 rushing touchdowns. He took his battering ram mentality South to join a young stud running back in Jacksonville. Ivory has shown his rugged hard nose style all through preseason, and should be a touchdown vulture throughout the year.
Robert Griffin III: Griffin has had a good preseason after being out of football for an entire year. He completed two long touchdown passes to Pryor and Gordon, with another touchdown to Gary Barnidge. This year could see RG3 crowned comeback player of the year.
Demarco Murray: Murray fell off a cliff last year. In 2014 he won the NFL rushing title, while doing everything for Dallas other than selling popcorn at the concession stands. Murray was a fantasy dud. Now he’s in scheme that’s more suitable for his running style. Murray has looked borderline unstoppable this preseason. He should post a very special campaign.
Travis Benjamin: This Miami product was finally healthy last year. He posted career highs in receptions and touchdowns, 68recs for 966 yards with five touchdowns, with spotty quarterback play. Benjamin has traded his Cleveland brown for Charger blue. Phillip Rivers has raved over his speed the entire camp.
Jeremy Langford: Langford enjoyed a very prosperous rookie campaign. He rushed for 537 yards with 6 touchdowns in Matt Forte’s absence. Jeremy has been given the lead dog positon, and is ready to reap the benefits of this high powered offense. In the dress rehearsal Langford flashed his sudden burst and good hands against the Pats, he’s ready for week one.
Here are a few more that should be on your radar via draft, trade or waiver wire.
Terrance West, RB, Ravens
Rashard Jennings, RB, Giants
Christian Michael, RB, Seahawks
Jared Cook, TE, Packers
Golden Tate, WR, Lions
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
Dontae Moncrief, Colts
Rob Kelly, RB, Redskins