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A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the Top 150 and identify players that should outperform their draft position.
Here are the players who received the most votes:
And here are all of the payers mentioned and the reasons why.
Player Receiving 5 Votes
Andrew Davenport: It looks as though Tannehill is just going to be one of those players who, no matter how well he performs, will be under drafted every year. Even with the addition of Julio Jones to the wide receiver corps, his ADP barely budged. But he accounted for 40 total touchdowns last year, including 7 on the ground. What greater friend to a rushing quarterback could there be than having Derrick Henry to keep defenses honest near the goal line? Tannehill has always been a sneaky rushing threat but isn't treated like one. On top of that, according to Pro Football Reference, he ranked fourth in the league last year in average yards per attempt. The only quarterbacks who did better were Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, and Patrick Mahomes II. That's elite company, and Tannehill is a screaming value in drafts.
Victoria Geary: The Titans added star wide receiver Julio Jones this offseason, but Tannehill's ADP barely even flinched. What more has to be done to convince us we should stop underestimating Tannehill for fantasy? He may not have the elite rushing upside as Kyler Murray or Jalen Hurts, but scoring seven touchdowns on the ground last season is nothing to scoff at. A new offensive coordinator and fresh talent around him may open up the Titan's passing game even more, and the best part is that you don't need to pay a premium for Tannehill to find out. He has massive upside at a very reasonable QB12 price.
Jeff Haseley: Ryan Tannehill finished eighth last season. With the departure of run-heavy offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and the addition of Julio Jones, the passing game should take a jump from what we've seen in the past. New offensive coordinator Todd Downing has options between running back Derrick Henry and wide receivers A.J. Brown and Jones. An increase in the passing game that averaged 22nd in total passing yards over the last two years seems imminent. Tannehill is someone who can be drafted after the top 10-12 quarterbacks have been selected. He had eight top-12 weekly finishes last season.
Chad Parsons: Julio Jones is a massive addition for Tannehill (Josh Reynolds is a WR3 upgrade from their 2020 passing game iteration as well), who has been on a new career trajectory since snaring the Titans starting job. Tannehill was QB3 with his ratio of touchdowns to interceptions in 2020, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes II. Tannehill adds a rushing boost, and if his volume increases at all, which it should with Jones' addition, Tannehill has top-5 within his range of outcomes for a fringe top-12 price point.
Ryan Weisse: Ryan Tannehill was the No. 7 quarterback in fantasy last year. His team got better, and he is now being drafted as the No. 12 quarterback. He is the definition of value. He was 18th in pass attempt last year, so there is no convincing "lack of volume" argument to be made against him. The team added Julio Jones, and that alone could add 300 yards to Tannehill's totals. Tannehill has top-five upside while being drafted in the eighth round of fantasy drafts.
Player Receiving 4 Votes
Phil Alexander: Wilson has finished inside the top-five quarterbacks in five out of the last seven years, including each of the previous two. And during the first half of 2020, he proved overall QB1 is still within his range of possible outcomes. The Seahawks have Tyler Lockett in his prime, DK Metcalf ready to enter his, and upgraded at tight end and No. 3 wide receiver with Gerald Everett and Dwayne Eskridge, respectively. Consider Wilson the ideal consolation prize if you miss out on one of the consensus top-five quarterbacks.
Sigmund Bloom: The Seahawks are excited about Shane Waldron's new offense, so maybe we should be excited about drafting Wilson at ADP. The team has been speeding up the tempo and adding deception by making passing and running plays look the same. Wilson produces like an elite QB1 when given the opportunity, and it looks like he will be given the opportunity this year.
Andrew Davenport: Wilson's finish to 2020 has people a little spooked. That's understandable, but this is still a quarterback who threw 40 touchdowns, eclipsed 500 rushing yards, and added two scores on the ground. Career-wise he's a virtual lock for 300+ rushing yards and a couple rushing touchdowns every year, and he's thrown for less than 31 scores only once since 2014. Enter Shane Waldron as his offensive coordinator for 2021. If Pete Carroll stays out of the way, this has the makings of an exciting offense. There are reports that they will try to increase their pace and become more unpredictable with pre-snap formations and movement. That should combat some of the predictability Seattle showed in their play-calling down the stretch in 2020. Wilson is still going where he is in drafts makes him a value at current ADP.
Jason Wood: Wilson finished 4th and 6th in 2019 and 2020, respectively, yet he's coming off the board a tier lower this year? New OC Shane Waldron was brought in explicitly to increase the passing productivity and bring the Seahawks offense into the modern era. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are both elite, No. 1-caliber receivers, and the supporting cast has improved around Wilson, including -- most importantly -- the offensive line. Wilson has never finished outside the Top 12 and has been a top-10 fantasy quarterback for 8 straight seasons. He should be off the board before Aaron Rodgers and Justin Herbert, for sure, and quite possibly Dak Prescott, depending on how his shoulder looks and how the offensive line shapes up in Dallas.
Players Receiving 3 Votes
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