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The most undervalued fantasy players by round for 2018

By Tyler Loechner
Aug 17, 2018

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SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 04: Running back Duke Johnson Jr. #29 of the Cleveland Browns catches a touchdown pass in front of Donald Butler #56 of the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 4, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

We’ve gone through the most overvalued players you need to avoid at their current price point on draft day — but what about the most undervalued players? Every year, a laundry list of good players fall in fantasy drafts and get selected far lower than they should.

This year, there’s a clear trend: The wideout position provides major value through the early and middle rounds, while pass-catching running backs become a clear value late in the draft.

We took the consensus rankings from the PFF Fantasy crew and compared them to current average draft position trends across the world of fantasy football. These are the players going much lower than they should.

First round: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

ADP: 12; Ranking: 10

Beckham is the last player coming off board in the first round, but we have him ranked at No. 10. In PPR leagues, he could be a safer option than Kareem Hunt or Leonard Fournette. Superstars returning from injury are often a little undervalued the next year, which is exactly what’s happening with OBJ this year.

Second round: Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

ADP: 21; Ranking: 18

There was a point early this offseason in which Gronkowski was inexplicably going in the third round. That wrong has been righted, but still not enough. Gronkowski is on a whole other level when it comes to scoring fantasy points with his opportunities, and he should be a mid-second-round pick — at worst.

Third round: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

ADP: 30; Ranking: 24

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