INDIANAPOLIS --- One of the best parts about fantasy football is being that guy that found the diamond in the rough - the player that nobody drafted but turns into a weekly staple in your starting lineup.
At this point, many of you have already had your fantasy football drafts. So, this week's column helps everyone, regardless of if you've drafted already or not.
The Colts.com staff tried to nail down a few players that are going undrafted in fantasy leagues but are names you must keep an eye on this season. They each have roles, that under the right circumstances, could allow them to offer huge returns.
Let's not forget that six of the 10 players that were on the most championship teams last year went either in the 15th and final round or completely undrafted - Julius Thomas, Zac Stacy, Nick Foles, Chiefs D, Panthers D
Perhaps these guys are worth a flier in the last round of your draft or a preseason free agent acquisition:
Steve: Lance Dunbar, RB, Cowboys - This pick is all about who Dallas hired as its offensive coordinator this season. Former Lions OC Scott Linehan was hired to call plays. DeMarco Murray is clearly the lead back in Dallas, but Linehan's offense last year produced both the 11th ranked RB AND 17th ranked running back in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, respectively. Did I mention Dunbar was healthy but was still held out of the Cowboys' first preseason game as well, along with fantasy stalwarts Dez Bryant, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and DeMarco Murray? Take a chance on Dunbar. He could have value, even if Murray plays 16 games.
Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - Call me crazy on picking Palmer, but I trust a Bruce Arians run offense. NFL.com's personnel guru Gil Brandt agrees with me in this article. He's calling for 5,000 yards this season for Palmer. Brandt is the same person that predicted Julius Thomas would break out last preseason.
Kevin:Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs & Roy Helu, RB, Washington - At the running back position, two guys that I'm keeping a close eye on are Davis and Helu. Now, I'm obviously banking on an injury to those team's top backs in order to give Davis or Helu a serious look. But considering how much those team's rely on their lead guys, any injury makes Davis or Helu a hot commodity.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings - The starter in Minnesota is Matt Cassel, but the fans are already clamoring for Bridgewater and how can you blame them after the preseason he's had (30-49 for 283 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions).
Jim Sorgi: Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars - He will not start the beginning of the season. I think they're going to feel his way out a little bit, but his production in the preseason was phenomenal (32-51, 521 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT). I think by 4-6 games in he will be the starter. He'll put up big numbers down there too, because I think he has some weapons.
COLTS SUPER DEEP SLEEPER: Hakeem Nicks, WR - Nicks is being taken in the 15th round of NFL.com drafts or not at all. The talent is there. The quarterback is there. He's going to get one-on-one coverage when defenses have to also cover T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. Is there anybody that really thinks he'll go a full season without a touchdown again, with Andrew Luck at center?