Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo gets a lot of negative criticism in the NFL, especially for his play in close games, but Romo is an underrated fantasy quarterback, who shined in several games last season. Romo could be a great quarterback to get somewhere between the 6th and 9th rounds (depending on your league size).
Josh McCown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You may not want to go into your fantasy season with Josh McCown as your starting quarterback, but McCown is worth a late round flier, and with all the weapons he has in Tampa Bay, he could end up flourishing and winning you games by himself. He has 30+ points a game potential.
Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns
Johnny Manziel, like McCown is worth a late round flier, especially in keeper or long-term leagues. For short-term leagues, Manziel can become a good #2 QB to have on your fantasy team. He may not start the year, but there’s a very good chance he will play, and when he does, he has huge potential.
Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard showed flashes of brilliance last season in a rotational role. Bernard will be the top dog this season and will get the majority of the snaps. Not many people know his name, but he is worth a top 2 round pick. He’s very talented and can be a top running back in fantasy football.
Toby Gerhart – Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerhart was the backup for years in Minnesota to the best running back in the game, but now will have his opportunity in Jacksonville. Gerhart is a talented running back and he will be given the chance to succeed with a lot of carries, and he could be a 1000+ yard running back. For that reason, he’s worth a mid-round pick.
Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers
Carlos Hyde is a big wilcard. The 49ers are stacked with good running backs but two of them are currently injured and could be when the season starts and the starter Frank Gore will see a reduction in his carries. This could mean that Carlos Hyde gets a big opportunity as a backup running back (if he wins the role). This is a very risky pick and is only worth a late round pick.
Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints
Brandin Cooks is a highly touted rookie who took college football lby storm last year. He’ll be entering a pass heavy offense with an elite quarterback in Drew Brees. He’ll be one of the top receiving targets and could have a huge season in this offense.
Terrence Williams – Dallas Cowboys
Terrence Williams proved to be a very good deep threat with the Cowboys, and now he will have the chance to be more than that. With Miles Austin gone, Williams is now the #2 wide receiver in Dallas and will one of the top receiving targets. He could prove to be a deep threat, a possession receiver or both.
Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans is a bit of a wilcard. The Buccaneers have a lot of potential on offense and Evans is expected to be the #2 receiver on that team. He has a high ceiling, but no one knows whether he’ll be able to get anywhere near it this season. He’s a great long-term option and a risky short-term option, who could pay off, making him a good late round flier.
Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is the top-receiving target in Carolina after the departure of Steve Smith and Brandon Lafell. Olsen had over 700 yards with the Panthers last season and with an expanding role, his stats should only increase. He can definitely become a #1 tight end for a fantasy team.
Ladarius Green – San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green had some big games last season, despite the fact that he was getting the crappier end of the stick when splitting time with Antonio Gates. Gates’ role will only get smaller and the Chargers want Green to have a bigger role. Green is an athletic freak and can do some crazy things. His potential is through the roof and he could have a big breakout year. He’s worth a flier pick.
Levine Toilolo – Atlanta Falcons
Toilolo is the new tight end in Atlanta. Although the Falcons did sign Bear Pascoe, there is a lot of potential in Toilolo and because of his 6’8 frame; he is a great red-zone threat. Toilolo is going to be a surprising big piece in a pass heavy offense and could have a breakout year with Matt Ryan as his quarterback. He’s definitely worth a late round flier pick.
Greg Zuerlein – St Louis Rams
Legatron was a bit quiet last year, but with an improving offense, Legatron can become a top fantasy kicker. He has one of the biggest legs in the NFL and is a great kicker over 50 yards. That makes him a valuable kicker and someone worth looking in to.
Shayne Graham – New Orleans Saints
Graham may be past his prime and his leg has diminished, but he is the starting kicker for the New Orleans Saints, one of the top offenses in the NFL. Kickers on top offenses always succeed and despite the fact that Graham is old, he can have a very successful year in this great offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers have added a lot of pieces on defense. Michael Johnson gives them a 10+ sack guy and makes their defensive line one of the best in the NFL. The Buccaneers also have Lovie Smith as their head coach and there is an added focus on the defense. Expect the Bucs’ defense to improve and become a top fantasy defense.
The Texans had one of the best defenses in the NFL last year, despite the fact that they had the worst record in the NFL. The Texans have a lot of playmakers on their defense and it starts with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney up front. Those two can become the fiercest duo in the NFL and both can combine to get more than 20 sacks in one season. This is a low risk/high reward defense to invest in.