Who was this year’s Alfred Morris? This segment is reserved for the top 10 players that far outperformed their draft stock, or in many cases went undrafted or were nowhere on the fantasy radar to begin the 2013 fantasy football season.
In his best season as a pro, this University of Georgia bulldog helped the Bronco’s offense churn like the silkiest of butters. With over 1,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving yards and a combined 13 touchdowns taking Moreno in the 10th round proved to be the steal of the draft. Who would have imagined that he would put up Terrell Davis numbers? Why hello this year’s version of Alfred Morris!
Second year receiver for the Browns didn’t even get onto the field until week 3 as he was suspended for the first couple games. Despite the rotation of quarterbacks in Cleveland, Gordon has amassed the most receiving yards this season of all wide receivers. With over 1,600 yards and 9 touchdowns, he also was one of the biggest steals that fell to the 10th round on average in fantasy drafts.
Going undrafted in a significant portion of fantasy football leagues this year, Rivers turned in one of his most stellar seasons to date. Accounting for 32 touchdowns, his completion percentage was the highest of his career and so was his touchdown to interception ratio. Not many saw his 3 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio coming, as he was the 24th quarterback on average taken off the board. He was lucky to make it onto 2 quarterback league rosters to begin the year, how wrong we were.
Which Chicago Bears receiver would you guess to have the most receiving yards by season’s end? The answer is Alshon Jeffery of course, who was also drafted on average in the 10th round. While he was less of a red zone threat than Brandon Marshall, this second year star had some of the most amazing catches and was a big homerun threat. He was also an FST sleeper pick prior to the draft, just saying.
Stepping into the #1 wide receiver role vacated by Mike Wallace in the offseason, Brown surpassed all expectations this year. As the third leading receiver in total yards, he was a lone bright spot on an otherwise average and beat-up Steelers squad. Brown will certainly no longer be a 6 round pick next year, you’ll have to grab him much earlier.
Foles entered 2013 as the backup quarterback behind Michael Vick for the first 3 plus games. What he did after that, minus 1 1/2 games where he suffered a concussion, was amazing for a player who went largely undrafted this fantasy season. Week 9 against the Raiders highlighted his season as he set a record with 7 touchdown passes in route to victory. With 27 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions on the season, he ended with a stretch of 18 plus point games that made fantasy owners happy this holiday season.
The Broncos offense was off and running beginning week 1 with Julius Thomas ripping off 2 touchdown receptions. Tied for second, behind Jimmy Graham, with 12 TD receptions on the year, he’s scored in all but 4 games he’s played in so far. For a player who had only one catch in his first two seasons he is one of the NFL’s biggest surprises. His draft status will be much higher than the 7th round to own him next fantasy season.
Stacy, like Alfred Morris last season, went undrafted in your fantasy draft. He also is tied at 7 rushing touchdowns with Morris this season, despite not playing in several games and not earning the starting job until week 5. Coming down the stretch he was one of the best running backs to own and carried a Bradford-less Rams team to respectability.
The red-rocket Bengals quarterback outplayed his draft position by far this season. He ended the season top 5 statistically in total fantasy points scored and 3rd in total touchdowns scored. Not half bad for someone taken in the last rounds of drafts as an insurance policy or bye-week fill-in to their #1 quarterback.
Is making a charge for AFC offensive rookie of year as Philip River’s favorite target in San Diego. Not known by many outsiders, he was taken in the 3rd round of the NFL draft, but went undrafted on average in 12-league formats. With 8 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards receiving, he was a tremendous find for any owner this year.