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8 Fantasy Football Late Round Steals for 2020

| May 19, 2020 4:22 am PDT
Fantasy Football Steals for 2020

The start of any successful fantasy football draft demands some ADP (Average Draft Position) knowledge. You need to know where players are going off the board, when, and why.

In that research process, you’ll start uncovering value based on specific players, as well as positions. Before long, some obvious late-round fantasy steals will show themselves.

These aren’t always as obvious as you’d like, or your own bias could simply get in the way.

Whatever the case, there is value to be had in the later rounds in 2020 — a lot of it. Join me as I go over the best fantasy football steals for 2020 — all available after round 10 — and why you need to draft them this summer.

I already put together a bunch of late-round gems I loved back in March, but the ADP is rising for some names. When looking at fantasy football steals for 2020 this time around, let’s omit those options (although I still like them) and see what other fantasy steals lurk beyond round 10 in fantasy drafts.

Note: Per usual, I am using ADP data from 12-team PPR leagues at FantasyFootballCalculator.com.

Drew Lock, QB, Broncos (Round 13)

If you are like me and like to wait on quarterbacks, Lock is the guy to target after everyone else has scooped theirs up.

Drew Brees (round 10) and Tom Brady (round 11) are aging veterans that should be on our radar, but Lock is about to sound off in his second season.

Lock had a penchant for the big play in college, and he flashed his upside last year with 1,020 passing yards and seven touchdowns across just five starts.

Denver made it a priority to get Lock some more help for 2020, as they drafted Jerry Jeudy and signed Melvin Gordon. With a cupboard full of tasty treats, Lock could do major work in 2020 and is worth a flier in round 13.

Cam Akers, RB, Rams (Round 10)

Todd Gurley is gone, which means the Rams will have a new starter in their offensive backfield this season.

Early signs indicate this will be a running back by committee approach, but the team drafted Florida State running back Cam Akers in round two this year.

That might suggest they value the former Seminoles rusher but also that they don’t entirely trust the guys already on their roster. Akers is still a risky pick, but in round 10, the reward is much greater.

Despite working behind a bad o-line in 2019, Akers still managed to generate over 1,300 total yards, 18 total touchdowns, and a 5.0 yards per carry average. He could be a stud for the Rams if the starting gig is his.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Buccaneers (Round 10)

Rookie running backs could dominate the back end of fantasy football drafts this year, as there are several quality rushers in interesting positions.

Vaughn did not crack the top 5 in my initial 2020 fantasy football rookie rankings, but the value is still impossible to ignore here.

While not a freak athlete, Vaughn is a rock-solid running back who does everything well. That could earn him a big role early, especially since Ronald Jones struggles in pass protection and is his only obstacle for touches.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Lions (Round 11)

Swift will eventually fly up draft boards, but right now, his ADP makes him look like an afterthought. I get it, though, as he’s currently behind Kerryon Johnson and Detroit’s running game isn’t one fantasy owners flock to.

Johnson could be a problem, but he was not efficient in 2019 and has missed 14 games over his first two NFL seasons.

Swift should slide in as a change-of-pace option no matter what, while Matthew Stafford’s tendency to dump off passes could allow the dynamic playmaker to operate in space.

Johnson going down would vault Swift to superstar status, too. There’s crazy upside here, and Swift is worth a dice roll at his current ADP.

Anthony Miller, WR, Bears (Round 10)

Miller has the unenviable job of catching passes from Mitch Trubisky, but he did flash nice ability last year with 52 catches for 656 yards.

He specifically turned it on late, posting stat lines of 9-140-0 and 9-118-1 in two of his final five outings. His quarterback play could improve if Nick Foles wins Chicago’s quarterback job, and if that happens, there is reason to get excited here.

The Bears released Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel, which could cement a bigger piece of the passing game pie for Miller.

There’s a crazy amount of hyperbole surrounding players during the offseason, but Miller has suggested 2020 could be his “best year yet,” and I tend to agree.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers (Round 11)

JuJu Smith-Schuster is the main man in Pittsburgh, but a lot of people are rightfully clamoring about Johnson, who dropped a solid 59-680-5 line as a rookie last year.

He did this despite a slow start, while he also played 14 of his games with pretty awful quarterbacks throwing him passes.

Ben Roethlisberger is set to return in 2020, and Johnson is being penciled in for a starting role. Blessed with strong athleticism, an ability to win at the line of scrimmage, and nice playmaking ability, Johnson could be set up for a massive leap in year two.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos (Round 12)

I don’t love trusting rookie wide receivers, but I am very high on Lock going into 2020. That means some of his guys are naturally going to help him and fare well in the process.

Jeudy should be one of them, as it’s unlikely he loses out to DaeSean Hamilton or anyone else for Denver’s #2 receiver gig.

The size, speed, overall athleticism, and pristine route-running ability could make him a terror right away. Having a big-armed, aggressive passer tossing him balls will help open things up for him, too.

Rookies are always a gamble, but Jeudy was my top-rated receiver going into the draft, and a 12th-round pick isn’t a big investment.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions (Round 12)

If you can’t get one of the top tight ends, it doesn’t really pay to take one until late in your fantasy draft. That’s where someone like Hockenson comes in, especially since a lot of people will look to a pedestrian rookie season and draft someone else.

Another Lions player? I know, but Hockensen has George Kittle-level athleticism and flashed his upside immediately in his pro debut (6-131-1) last year.

He didn’t do much after that, but his pure talent demands we take a chance on him late in drafts.

Summary

It’s unclear if the 2020 NFL season will actually happen, and even if it does, nobody knows in what capacity. My assumption is it will proceed, but it won’t be quite as we’ve grown to know it.

Whatever that means, we’ll still have football, and your fantasy football draft shouldn’t be conducted in vain.

Suffice it to say, you need to keep researching your league’s draft, and some of these fantasy football steals could end up coming in handy.

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You can also check out the NFL section of our blog for all kinds of helpful betting content.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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