Best picks after top 100
By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Injuries, bye weeks, busts; fantasy football owners have to deal with all of them during the course of the season.
Getting contributions from players drafted outside the top 100 is usually imperative to a successful fantasy season.
Here are the best non-quarterback selections fantasy owners can make from pick 100 on (ADPs from fantasyfootballcalculator.com):
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants (102.7) - Even as New York's No. 3 receiver last season, Randle still saw 80 targets. Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Myers are gone, freeing up 175 targets for Randle, Odell Beckham Jr. and whoever starts at tight end. Randle should top 110 targets and could really break out if he can improve his pitiful catch-per-target rate of 51.3 percent.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (104.1 ADP) - While Giovani Bernard is going to see a bump up from the 226 touches he worked with as a rookie, the Bengals are also expected to run the football more often this season under new OC Hue Jackson. Hill, who's 6-1 and 238 pounds, may not get 220 carries like BenJarvus Green-Ellis did last season, but he could get 200 as well as most of the goal-line work.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (108.8) - Evans will likely be inconsistent, as most rookie receivers are, but he'll start immediately opposite Vincent Jackson and will be catching passes from Josh McCown, a quarterback who had great success firing balls to towering receivers in Chicago last year. Evans may not reach 1,000 yards, but he has a good chance to haul in 8-10 touchdowns.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (112.1) - The Jaguars drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round of this year's draft, but Shorts is still the No. 1 receiver on this team. The 26-year-old has recorded 71 receptions, 1,040 receiving yards and six touchdowns per 16 games over the past two seasons and he played with a sports hernia for most of 2013.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers (125.9) - Antonio Gates' presence limits Green's 2014 upside, but we can't ignore a 6-foot-6 tight end who ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the combine in 2012. Gates wore down as the 2013 season went on, producing 434 yards and two touchdowns on 41 catches in his last 11 games, and the 24-year-old Green could be ready to take on a bigger role in San Diego's offense. The Chargers' receiving hierarchy is unsettled after Keenan Allen.
Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots (132.2) - Dobson will have to compete with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell and Shane Vereen for targets, but the 22-year-old could leap to the top of New England's depth chart in 2014. With a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and a 4.42 40-yard dash time, Dobson has the size and speed New England's other receivers lack. As a rookie, Dobson was inactive in Week 1 but averaged 54.7 yards and scored four touchdowns over the next nine games. He suffered a foot injury in Week 12 that limited him to just two games the rest of the regular season and required surgery in the offseason, but he should be ready for the start of the 2014 season.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans (149.1) - Hunter has the measurables -- 6-4, 203 pounds, 4.4 40-yard dash -- to be a dominant player and could easily become Tennessee's No. 1 receiver this season if he shows improvement. Kendall Wright had 1,079 yards on 94 catches last season, but he's 5-foot-10 and has a yards-per-catch average of just 10.8 in his two-year career. Nate Washington, the No. 2 receiver last year, is better utilized as a complimentary deep threat.
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers (161.2) - Ryan Mathews carried the ball 285 times for 1,255 yards in 2013, but let's not forget what an inconsistent and injury-prone player he was in his first three seasons. Brown is an injury away from becoming the lead back in what is expected to be a run-heavy offense, so he's one of the top backup rushers to own.
07/20 19:22:05 ET