Preseason injuries are hazing up outlooks as fantasy football owners sift through seventh-round values to target and reaches to avoid. Julius Thomas’ projections downgrade as he misses time working with a less potent offense, while C.J. Spiller’s prospects remain optimistic as he joins a traditional juggernaut.
Championship rosters are fortified in the late-middle rounds while the other guy is worrying about filling out his starting lineup. Avoid reaching on team defenses until at least the 12th or 13th, and save kickers for the last round of your draft (see the Honorable Mention slide).
Last season’s seventh round delivered pleasant surprises like Russell Wilson (ADP No. 76) and Sammy Watkins (No. 80), according to My Fantasy League. But disappointments loomed as well from the likes of Maurice Jones-Drew (No. 78) and Robert Griffin III (No. 82).
Use the following list as a guide to make sure you’re not taking someone too early or waiting too long as your fantasy draft grinds through the middle rounds.
- Players listed are currently being drafted in the seventh round on average—the 73rd through 84th positions overall.
- Only the standard-scoring, season-long, redraft format was considered when compiling this list.
- Reach simply indicates the player’s average draft position (ADP) is well ahead of his expert consensus ranking (ECR), according to FantasyPros.
- Value means the opposite: said player is dropping well below his ranking in ADP and should be targeted in between those two positions.