A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position.
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Players Receiving 7 Votes
Devin Funchess, Carolina
Mike Brown: While everyone else jockeys for position in line to grab Kelvin Benjamin fresh off an ACL tear, you can make off with a reasonable facsimile of Benjamin several rounds later. Funchess has also been thoroughly outplaying his teammate to this point in training camp, to boot. He was a fairly highly drafted player a year ago, so the pedigree is there for him to be a legit force and not just a flash in the pan.
Jeff Haseley: The Panthers are reporting that Devin Funchess is already pushing Kelvin Benjamin to be the team's primary receiving threat. The final year end stats between the two may not be that different and you can draft Funchess nearly 50 spots later than Benjamin. Prior to the preseason hype, it was upwards of 100 spots. The gap is getting closer, which means Funchess' stock is rising. He's approaching WR3 status and you can still draft him as your WR4. There is a ton of value in Funchess, but it's dwindling as we inch closer to September.
Ryan Hester: Kelvin Benjamin is back but in bad shape. Funchess is years younger and still learning, which implies that his underwhelming rookie year can be improved upon and is potentially far from his baseline. Funchess has red zone star written all over him with a big body that can box out defenders. If making a bet for double-digit touchdowns among any receiver below WR40, Funchess would be the player I would choose. And he’s being drafted at WR56.