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Late night discussion: The next late round steal in fantasy

Who will be the next late round hero in fantasy football?

August 12, 2019 - 3:27 am

Louie DiBiase
Twitter: @DiBiaseLOE

Every year, some fantasy owners find themselves prospering after discovering a hidden gem in the late rounds that goes on to when them a championship. Others are left wondering how they let the next fantasy star slip through the cracks. 

2018 was no different as Patrick Mahomes, a consistent late round flier, threw for 51 touchdowns and was named as the NFL's Most Valuable Player. 

Before Mahomes, the likes of Alvin Kamara was taken in double-digit rounds, only to become one of the best players in all of fantasy football.  

With at least a few shots in the dark seemingly panning out every year, who could be the next unexpected star that wins fantasy titles in 2019? 

Fans took to Twitter to give their two-cents on Sunday's late night discussion:


Popular rookie choices:

The majority of fans took a liking to the 2019 draft class as a source of dark-horse fantasy studs. There was a wide variety of choices too:

Parris Campbell was the fastest wide receiver in the draft and he went into a great offensive system with the Indianapolis Colts. Campbell will be utilized heavily with manufactured touches, in the screen game, and down the field as he was in Ohio State. That has been Frank Reich's bread and butter with both the Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.


The second fastest wide receiver in the draft found an enticing home as well with the Kansas City Chiefs. With Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce already in the Chiefs' offense, Hardman won't see a large volume of targets, but he could find himself getting a lot of favorable matchups. It wouldn't be surprising to see Hardman out-produce Sammy Watkins and make a good amount of big plays with his near 4.2 speed. Andy Reid got the most out of a similar wide receiver in DeSean Jackson. 


D.K. Metcalf and Russell Wilson might be a sleeping giant connection in the NFL. His vertical ability with his size and speed compliments Wilson's style perfectly. Not to mention, outside of Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks don't have many options in the passing-game. 


Deebo Samuel and Justice Hill are both very underrated choices. Samuel is a perfect fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense. It wouldn't be surprising to see him lead the San Francisco 49ers receivers in targets, beating out Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis. As for Justice Hill, the Baltimore Ravens will likely run more than almost every team in the NFL. While they signed running back Mark Ingram, Hill's explosiveness could make him into the Ravens' version of Kamara. 


Veteran underdogs:

Here are some of the more interesting choices from the veteran pool of fantasy options:

Samuel is heading into his third year with the Carolina Panthers and it looks like he will play a key role as the second wide receiver opposite D.J. Moore. Playing both running back and wide receiver at Ohio State, Samuel will be used in many different ways as he was last year (five receiving touchdowns and two rushing). 


Bobby might be on to something with this one. Tre'Quan Smith is the favorite to be the second wide receiver in the New Orleans Saints' offense after they released Cameron Meredith. Smith had five touchdowns in 2018 and is only 23-years-old. A lot of upside with his offensive situation, age, and first-year production. 


Funny guy:

Our funny guy of the discussion must be really excited about Peterman's 51-yard run in the preseason last week. 


Author's choice: 

With just one choice of a player that could realistically go deep in most drafts, only to be a key factor in winning a championship in 2019, Chiefs rookie running back Darwin Thompson has to be the choice. 

The Chiefs offense is a top-tier unit that has gotten the most out of the running back position with Andy Reid running the show. Damien Williams, a backup in Miami, is now seen as a RB2/fringe RB1 in most formats. If Thompson, the more talented running back, can continue to shine as he did Week 1 of the preseason, he could realistically take over the backfield halfway through the season. Just in time for a playoff run. 

Despite being 5' 8", very few college running backs broke more tackles than Thompson at Utah State. Add that physicality to a strong receiving ability, and breakaway speed? Fantasy owners won't be the only ones scratching their heads, wondering why Thompson fell in a draft.


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