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Antonio Gates & Austin Seferian-Jenkins Headline the 2017 Late-Round Tight End Roulette

Late Round Tight End Roulette will always be a viable fantasy football draft strategy for as long as tight ends continue to have the highest fragility rate among the skill positions. As a result, we should target big-bodied, athletic pass-catching tight ends in the later rounds of our fantasy football drafts.

The best value tight ends in fantasy football over the years have been the 6-5, 250-plus pounders that see the field in high-leverage fantasy situations, namely on third downs and in the red zone. A number of players who fit this league-winning archetype will be available in the final rounds of drafts.

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New Orleans Fantasy Team Outlook: Uptempo Beat on Bourbon Street

The Saints inability to field a competent defense has been a boon to fantasy players, resulting in a multitude of negative game scripts for Drew Brees and Co. to propel fantasy owners to championships. The Saints did little to address their defensive deficiencies and will enjoy numerous negative game scripts again this season.

Now tethered to one of the most efficient and best deep ball passing quarterbacks in the league in Drew Brees, Ted Gin should capitalize on the opportunity. He is an intriguing late round flyer at his fantasy football ADP of WR60 and should be a mainstay in your DFS lineups in 2017.

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Efficient Players from 2016 with an Arrow Pointed UP this Season

The golden rule of fantasy football Opportunity Is King. Just ask Tim Hightower, and every player ever tethered to Drew Brees. So when does efficiency matter? When things change. When an efficient player’s situation changes, past efficiency matters.

DeSean Jackson has been the most efficient wide receiver in the NFL the last four seasons, and Jameis Winston is one of the NFL leaders in deep balls per attempt. It’s wheels up for DeSean Jackson.

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Ty Montgomery: When Efficiency Matters in Fantasy Football

When Ty Montgomery carried the ball at Stanford, he posted a mind-bending 8.6 yards per carry, and then displayed excellent athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine. Specifically, Montgomery’s 129.4 Burst Score reached the 90th percentile.

Ty Montgomery’s 2016 efficiency metrics indicates that he is poised to take over as the Packers’ bell cow back. With an all-around skill set in one of the NFL’s most efficient offenses, Montgomery looks like David Johnson-lite headed into this season.

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Sammy Watkins Trade Fallout: Which Bill Wide Receivers are the Big Winners?

The Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams, and like a thief in the night, retirement stole Anquan Boldin. Left with a rookie wide receiver in Zay Jones, and newly acquired Jordan Matthews, here is the outlook we should have on the Bills 2017 receiving corps heading into the fantasy season!

During his five-year NFL career, Holmes has averaged 14.3 yards per reception, and has a chance to be an unexpected fantasy hero at some point this season. While he shouldn’t be touted when guys like Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews are healthy starts, he becomes an interesting pick should one of those players go down.

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Adam Thielen was the NFL’s best wide receiver in 2016 and nobody cares

Adam Thielen w the signature dark horse fantasy producer of 2016. Thielen’s 44.6 PPR points in week 16 ranked No. 1 among NFL wide receivers, meaning savvy fantasy gamers who started Thielen in their fantasy football league Super Bowl likely won the championship.

Looking back at Thielen’s breakout season, for the first time in years, a wide receiver ranked in the top-10 across every key efficiency metric on PlayerProfiler.com, and yet, he is still available in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.

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Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Football Team Outlook: Strength of Schedule and Regression

Common sense would lead you to believe that an offseason spent practicing together and a full season of Bryant will lead to even more offensive success for Dallas, but that may not be the case.

In the first 8 games, Dallas will face the 9th most difficult schedule in terms of Pass Defense Efficiency, the 8th most difficult in terms of Rush Defense Efficiency, and the 27th most difficult in Total Defensive Efficiency. If Dallas’s passing volume increases, Beasley could push for a 90 catch season in 2017, a screaming bargain at his WR55 ADP.

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James White and the Patriots Running Backs: Navigating Peak-End Effect and Vividness Bias

James White was entrenched as the Patriots’ satellite back in 2016 and trailed only David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell in receiving. Finishing third in receptions and yards, while only playing 41.6-percent of snaps.

Although with new faces in the backfield, there is plenty of opportunity with LeGarrette Blount leaving behind 299 carries. With the bulk of the passing game work again for 2017, James White looks to be the best value Patriots RB to target in fantasy football leagues

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Will Fuller Fantasy Football Injury Fallout: Who is the Next Man Up in Houston?

Despite being notorious for drops, Fuller’s absence early in the season actually does lower the upside of the Texans offense. Wendall Williams scary athletic profile and college big play ability makes him the best choice to replace him in the offense.

Hopkins will likely see a bump in volume until Fuller returns. However, Williams remains a strong stash candidate in dynasty leagues. Williams would need to start over Jaelen Strong to be on the radar in redraft leagues.