CONTRIBUTED: As the NFL season has kicked off, and fantasy team owners all across the country are honing in on winning that coveted league title, here are five players that may be worth picking up that fall under the radar to your fantasy opponents.
- Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets
Coming off a top 100 player finish on the 2020 season, Davis looks to improve on his season numbers in his new laces. After joining the Jets in the offseason and being paired with this year’s 2nd pick in the NFL Draft, Zach Wilson, Davis will seemingly get more receptions on the season. Now being the number one option, Davis may be a force to reckon with on the fantasy football stat sheet.
- Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Although prone to injury, Mostert has shown flashes of becoming one of the best backs out west. In an amazing showing in the Superbowl just two years ago against the Chiefs, in which his San Fransico 49ers unfortunately lost, Mostert looked to be a serious weapon in the 49er’s offense. This year, now also being paired with a Rookie Quarterback in Trey Lance, Mostert may see more touches as he helps prep his rookie QB for the pro game. A solid receiving back as well, when Lance becomes more comfortable throwing, he will have a Running back to throw to, along with offensive threats George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, and Brandon Aiyuk.
- Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Finally, being handed the start, Hurt looks to capitalize in his new role. Coming out of college, attending two football powerhouses in Oklahoma and Alabama, Hurts can thrive in both conservative offense and air raid offense. Now paired with former teammate Devonta Smith and promising young talent Jalen Reagor, Hurts could be a serious threat both in the run game and airing it out. Options on the short throw of veterans Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert will also supplement Hurt’s game well. The cherry on top for Hurts is the mentorship he will receive from Superbowl champ and NFL veteran Joe Flacco, alongside the very outspoken and extremely talented Garder Minshew, behind him in the rotation.
- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Arguably the smallest name on the list, still not breaking through as an it factor for his offense just yet, Shenault now has the star-studded QB to help get him the ball. Trevor Lawrence will help Shenault increase his stats exponentially as Lawrence is known for making great reads and fitting the ball through tight lanes, something ex-Jags QB Gardner Minshew had difficulties doing throughout last season. Only running a 4.58 in his draft combine, Shenault still is a deep ball threat, getting off the line with exigency and having a strong ability to leave cornerbacks puzzled in his tracks.
5.Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills
Old Man Beasley, Pops Beasley, or even Grandpa Beasley. Whatever his teammates might be calling him throughout the games, Beasley certainly does not play like an old man on the field. Coming off a great receiving season last year, and an outstanding postseason showing, Beasley looks to replicate the numbers of last year. Fantasy players may be hesitant to pick up the ballhawk due to his old age (32), but Beasley will consistently put-up numbers for your roster every game.