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Late Round Gems

Looking at some late-round players who could surprise

So I went over to our friends at FantasyPros.com and dug into their ADP data to see if I could paint a reasonable picture of players that might strike fantasy gold but were being drafted in the 15th-round (pick 168 overall) or later in 12 team fantasy leagues in standard scoring. Now, some of these guys certainly need a bit of a leap of faith to get on board with, but the key here is that they are super cheap and if the scenario I describe happens to come to fruition, you might just walk away with a fantasy crown. Here is who I came up with in order, from earliest to latest, of where they are currently being drafted with a hopefully believable story of how these late round gems could actually shine. Several of these second-year players were addressed in more depth in one of my previous articles.

169. Marlon Mack

Can Frank Gore last forever? The reality is that Gore really began to show his age last year and just can’t have much more left in the tank. Indianapolis seems high on Robert Turbin, but Mack is very intriguing here. Gore also should be the ideal mentor and role model for a rookie running back with inconsistencies to his game. Although often stopped behind the line of scrimmage, Mack made up for it in college with major big play ability. He has the acumen to develop nicely in the passing game. Dumping the ball off to Mack could quickly become a major part of the Colts offense. Also, even though Indianapolis made some strides with their defensive personnel, they are still rather terrible on that side of the ball. There could be a lot of shootouts in the near future for Indianapolis. That just might benefit Mack quite well.

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