There are many ways to prepare for a fantasy football draft, but in some way, shape or form average draft position is utilized to see where others are drafting the players you are interested in for the upcoming season. While ADP rankings should not be considered your final evaluation of a player, they should be used to see where players are being undervalued and overvalued. Being able to find value on draft day will get you one step closer to a fantasy football championship. Below are a few players, in order by ADP, that I believe are being undervalued in current mock drafts and will be of great value come draft day.
, RB (PHI)--18.88 ADP--How the mighty have fallen. McCoy was a consensus top 5 pick each of the last two seasons, but his first sub-par year has dropped him significantly on ADP charts. Currently McCoy is being taken after the likes of Alfred Morris, Jamaal Charles and C.J. Spiller, all of which are less proven that the Eagles stud. Chip Kelly's high octane offense will feature McCoy, just like Andy Reid's offense, so a return to elite status should be in store for him this season.
, WR (DEN)--28.88 ADP--The big news coming from Denver this offseason was the signing of Wes Welker, with little being discussed how that should increase Thomas' output. Early ADP charts show Thomas being drafted after wide receivers with less upside, including Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant, all of which are ranked behind Thomas on my big board. As the season creeps closer Thomas should start to move up the charts, and if that doesn't happen he will be a steal in the early third round, considering he should outperform last season's totals.
, WR (GB)--45.75 ADP--There was one wide receiver that could be trusted last season in the Packers offense and it wasn't Greg Jennings, James Jones or Jordy Nelson. Cobb's versatility in both the passing game, rushing game and return game give him value only held by a handful of players. With Jennings out of the mix, Cobb's value will only go up from here, but that has yet to be reflected in early ADP charts. Currently, Cobb comes in as a fourth round pick, which is an extreme value for what Cobb can bring to the table.
, RB (OAK)--45.88 ADP--Although he has yet to play more than 13 games in a season through his first five years in the league, there is still a lot of potential to be had in McFadden. With little to talk about in both their wide receivers and quarterbacks, the Raiders will rely heavily on the ground game, meaning McFadden should once again have the chance to prove himself. Sometimes in fantasy football you have to take a gamble, and McFadden is the perfect player to gamble on, considering he is one of the most talented rushers in the league when healthy.
, WR (SEA)--53.63 ADP--Considering what Harvin brings to the table, how if he being taken around the fifth round? Now a member of the Seahawks, Harvin should be expected all over the field, like in his days with the Vikings, making himself one of the most versatile players in the league. Health has always been an issue with Harvin, but his ability to make plays once the ball is in his hands separates himself from the rest of the field. Early mock drafts have the likes of Dann Amendola, Jordy Nelson and Eric Decker going off the board before Harvin, which is just preposterous considering what we should see from him with his new team.
, QB (WAS)--71.50 ADP--A knee injury late in the season ended Griffin's rookie campaign on a sour note, but all indications point to him being ahead of schedule in his recovery. Apparently fantasy players forgot just how good Griffin was in 2012, which is clearly shown in early ADP charts. Currently, Griffin is coming off the board around the sixth round, behind the likes of Tony Romo, Russell Wilson and even Colin Kaepernick, who started only eight games a season ago. Griffin is ranked seventh on my personal big board, and if these charts stand true during draft season, he is going to be the steal of the draft.
, TE (SF)--99.38 ADP--It was very hard to trust Davis a season ago, but this season should be a different story, now with less options in the passing game. Michael Crabtree will be out until November at the earliest after suffering an Achilles injury, which should give Davis more looks in the passing game early on. There are a few less proven tight ends going off the board ahead of Davis in early mock drafts, including Dennis Pitta and Kyle Rudolph, but if I was drafting today, I would take Davis ahead of both of those players.
, RB (ATL)--136.88 ADP--Did everyone forget that Steven Jackson isn't the only running back in the Falcons backfield? Just a season ago Rodgers was a top sleeper pick with the aging Michael Turner ahead of him, but never got a true chance to be the featured back in the Falcons offense which could be a reason for his current slot on early ADP charts. But I am not willing to forget about him. Remember, Jackson has been a featured back in the league for nine seasons, and has a high mileage on his legs, putting Rodgers in the same position as last season.
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