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The goal in fantasy football, especially in the later rounds of drafts, is to target high-ceiling players with some type of roadblock to playing time that can be easily overcome.

This could mean they are currently in a backup job and need an injury to gain more value, or they may have had a previous lack of production, but a change in situation or offensive philosophy dramatically changes their outlook.


These are 5 players that I'm personally targeting in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this year:

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Matt Breida (RB) MIA:

Breida has always been a back with immense talent and athleticism, but he has never logged more than 180 carries in a year because he can't seem to stay healthy. Traded to Miami for a 5th round pick in April, Breida has a much clearer path to work, with only the aging Jordan Howard in front of him. He's coming off the board as the 36th RB, somewhere in the 8th-9th round. With the massive drop off in talent at RB after the first 20 or so backs, Breida is a lottery ticket that could pay huge dividends if he can stay healthy.

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Emmanuel Sanders (WR) NO:

Sanders signed a two year deal with the Saints this off-season, immediately becoming the favorite for WR2 duties behind Michael Thomas. Sanders was excellent in the second half of 2019 after he was traded to the 49ers. Now paired with Drew Brees, Sanders is an excellent value in rounds 10-11, where his ADP sits right now. He's the 46th WR off the board, but could absolutely end up as a Top 25 WR this year.

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Diontae Johnson (WR) PIT:

The speedster from Toledo just kept getting better as the year went on for Pittsburgh in 2019. He has big play potential, and with the return of Ben Roethlisberger, he is being overlooked as the 52nd WR off the board in redraft this year. He'll split time in the slot with JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Chase Claypool tabbed for outside duties to begin the season.

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Curtis Samuel (WR) CAR:

Samuel is being criminally underrated in 2020. Matt Ruhle and Joe Brady take over the reigns of the offense for the Panthers this year, and Teddy Bridgewater comes in as the new QB. He's the 55th WR coming off the board in round 12-13. He's an excellent late round flier with huge upside in an offense that should be much better than it was in 2019.

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D'Andre Swift (RB) DET:

Detroit's RB situation is a bit of a mess, and with a history of not being very RB friendly, I am not high on any of the RBs this year at all. Swift was the best all around RB to come out of the draft this year, as he's the most complete of any prospect. He's got a massive roadblock in Kerryon Johnson, though. Health has been an issue for Johnson, and if it becomes an issue in 2020, Swift will step into a large role. He's a good back to stash later in drafts, and seeing as he's the 40th RB coming off the board in the 11th round of drafts, his potential production warrants a look this late in drafts.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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