Undervalued skill players
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After looking at overvalued fantasy skill position talents Sunday, it's time to explore some undervalued skill players who can help out your roster.

All ADPs are from fantasyfootballcalculator.com standard league mock drafts.

Running backs

Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (65.0) - Rams coach Jeff Fisher backpedaled after saying he expected Richardson to be his starting running back, but I think he had it right initially. Richardson, a seventh-round pick in 2012, drew 98 carries as a rookie and rushed for 475 yards. Second-rounder Isaiah Pead, meanwhile, had just 10 carries. Pead also is suspended for Week 1 for a substance abuse violation and lost a fumble in the preseason opener. Richardson is seemingly closer to being the full-time No. 1 back in St. Louis than rookies Montee Ball and Giovani Bernard are in Denver and Cincinnati, respectively, but Richardson is going after both of those guys in drafts.

Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (72.0) - Mendenhall has no workload concerns and he should be fully recovered from the ACL tear he suffered during the 2011 season. However, he's going after six players who are facing some type of workload split -- Ball (44.9), Eddie Lacy (48.8), Ryan Mathews (54.3), Ahmad Bradshaw (58.8), Giovani Bernard (59.9), Shane Vereen (62.1). There are concerns with Arizona's offensive line and coach Bruce Arians' pass- heavy vertical offense, but finding a true "featured" running back this late is a real coup for fantasy owners.

Andre Brown, New York Giants (80.8) - The reasons Brown is undervalued are the same reasons David Wilson is overvalued. Brown, who rushed for 385 yards and eight touchdowns last season, will at the very least get all of the goal-line and most of the third-down work. Add in the absence of Ahmad Bradshaw, who ran for six touchdowns last season but was also let go, and Brown has 12-touchdown potential.

Wide receivers

Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (97.1) - On just 67 targets last season, Tate had 45 receptions for 688 yards and seven scores. With Percy Harvin out for most of the season following hip surgery and Sidney Rice dealing with a chronic knee condition, Tate's ADP has risen more than five rounds since July 18 but he is still undervalued. I expect Tate, in his third NFL season, to lead the Seahawks in targets. Emerging quarterback Russell Wilson only threw the football 24.6 times per game as a rookie, but that should increase in his second year.

Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (98.6) - The Saints are allegedly planning on running the ball more this season, but Drew Brees is still going to sling it at least 39 times per game. Moore is the third target in the passing game after Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, but Brees spreads the ball around well -- four players saw more than 100 targets last season, including Moore, who is coming off a 65-catch, 1,041-yard, six-touchdown season.

Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers (106.1) - Brown's breakout was delayed by a broken ankle in 2012, but the universe seems to be clearing a path for him in 2013. After Danario Alexander suffered a torn ACL last week, Malcom Floyd was carted off the field Monday with a potentially serious knee injury that is being called a strain. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Brown a better fit for new coach Mike McCoy's quick-passing offense than Floyd or Alexander anyway.

Tight ends

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (103.5) - For what seems like the 15th straight offseason, the Panthers failed to pick up an impact receiver to play opposite Steve Smith, so Olsen will have to fill that void again. It's not farfetched to expect him to repeat his 69-catch, 843-yard, five-touchdown 2012 season, but he's being drafted a round after Kyle Rudolph and Antonio Gates and 12 picks after Jermichael Finley.

Brandon Myers, New York Giants (116.2) - With Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks around, it doesn't seem likely that Myers will repeat his 79-catch season from a year ago with the Raiders. However, when you consider he achieved that total on just 105 targets, it doesn't seem that outrageous. Martellus Bennett, now with the Bears, drew 90 targets from Eli Manning last season.

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (155.3) - Fleener's injury plagued rookie season ended with him catching just 26 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. However, with former Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton now working for the Colts and with former pupils Andrew Luck and Fleener, the second- year tight end could be in for a break out. As part of Bruce Arians' vertical offense last year, Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton, the Colts' Nos. 2 and 3 receivers, saw 215 combined targets. Meanwhile, tight ends Dwayne Allen and Fleener saw just 114. That ratio should move more in favor of the tight ends, and especially Fleener, this season.




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