Potential starters at quarterback and wide receiver top the list of eighth-round values to target and reaches to avoid. Eli Manning, Allen Robinson and Ryan Tannehill can all post starter-worthy fantasy football numbers in 2015 for a bargain price.
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).
Fantasy owners found gems like Lamar Miller (96th average draft position), Philip Rivers (95th), Greg Olsen (93rd) and Golden Tate (88th) in 2014’s eighth round, according to MyFantasyLeague.com. Busts lurked as well: Knowshon Moreno (92nd), Steven Jackson (91st) and Stevan Ridley (90th).
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 marches on.
- Players listed are currently being drafted in the eighth round on average—the 85th through 96th position 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.