Fantasy resources do, in fact, already exist. One of my favorites happens to be FantasyPros’ 2014 Nfl Fantasy Draft Simulator. This intuitive freeware pits you against several AIs who pick against you in a mock fantasy draft. Within this quick draft already lies an updated player ranking based on several pros’ opinions. I, however, find several of the players to be seriously misrepresented.
Here I make the case for several fantasy players who are currently under or over valued based on the simulator!
Montee Ball – #9 RB – Overvalued
This situation allowed Ball to mature into the NFL and gain skills by training behind Moreno, no doubt. It should also be noted that Moreno is now hanging ten in Miami leaving Ball as the clear stud. However, the absence of Moreno is not enough to earn Ball the nod as a top 10 back. As far as I’m concerned, he has not yet shown his ability to be productive within the NFL. We’ll really have to wait until the preseason begins to value where he lies in his pass-happy offense.
To give you an idea of where he’s sitting in the rankings, Ball is sitting atop names like Doug Martin, Zac Stacy and Alfred Morris. Expect him to drop as soon as the hype train leaves town.
Riley Cooper – #38 WR – Undervalued
A high octane offense without Jackson to steal three-quarters of the targets leaves Cooper in a perfect situation to prosper. He has already moved up in the ranks a little, placing just 7 spots behind his teammate Maclin. However, as more people start to clue in on Philly’s passing situation, his stock will surely be on the rise.
Cooper is currently sitting beneath washed-up names like Marques Colston and Dwayne Bowe. Expect that to change.
Alshon Jeffery – #7 WR – Overvalued
It should be noted that a lot of Jeffery’s success and top games came from the capable arm of backup quarterback Josh McCown. In fact, Jeffery’s 249 yard, 2 touchdown game against Minnesota was a direct result of McCown. A trend can be seen in Chicago where starting quarterback Jay Cutler seems to toss almost exclusively to his favorite receiver, Brandon Marshall; when Marshall is covered, Cutler then seems to dump the ball on veteran running back, Matt Forte. McCown, on the other hand, seemed more comfortable spreading the targets around and giving Jeffery more of a show. With Cutler, Jeffery seemed to average somewhere in the realm of 3 catches for roughly 80 yards and the occasional touchdown – a stat line almost identical to Rueben Randle (ranked as WR #45).
I do believe Jeffery is an incredible talent and should be taken fairly early in the 2014 fantasy draft. However, he’s beating out guys like Jordy Nelson and Pierre Garcon. That just doesn’t sit well with me.
Bishop Sankey – #33 RB – Undervalued
Let’s first look at Tennessee’s O-line. Contrary to their former back, Chris Johnson’s, constant complaints, the Titans actually had a very solid offensive line during their 2013 campaign. To boot, they added some Free Agency additions like Lewan and Oher. This line should be able to move mountains in front of Sankey. He also seems to be thrust into a starting position as a three-down runner unlike any other rookie back. His only backfield competition is the washed up Shonn Greene.
Don’t jump the gun and draft Sankey as a top 15 (or even top 20) running back. However, he’s sitting under names like Maruice Jones-Drew and Toby Gerhart – that just ain’t right.