Especially for Yahoo Sports
Default fantasy rankings are not efficient. If the opposite were true, your league mates would just show up on the morning of the draft and use Yahoo’s rankings as their “research” on their way to beating your league. It then becomes in our interest to use our own rankings and use the default ones against our opponents. After all, knowledge is power.
Below is a list of players on Yahoo whose default rankings are far too low based on our projections. Reminder to use our 4for4 rankings as a guide based on your league settings in the Yahoo applet.
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Note: These rankings were in Yahoo as of Monday, August 14
Player list too low
7. Tirek Hill
20. Amon-Ra St Brown
37. Jahmyr Gibbs
47. Calvin Ridley
52. Lamar Jackson
64. Justin Fields
85. Darren Waller
92. Deshaun Watson
101. Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Tyrek Hill should be in the same conversation as Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, Cooper Kupp, Travis Kelce And Christian Macaffrey as a top-five choice; the latter is actually the one that should fall out Tony Pollard And Jahmyr Gibbs are typically available for WR-RB starts in the top half of drafts. We would choose Gibbs over both Najee Harris And Travis Etienne in the third round regardless of their ADPs.
Yahoo’s saturated RB market has aggressively pushed down QBs as well, making it the perfect site to pass on Jalen hurts, Josh Allen And Patrick Mahomes for the next level of players a full two rounds later. It’s arguably optimal to instead pick apart other skill positions while your league mates fall victim to the standard ADP. Lamar Jackson, Justin Fields, Justin Herbert And Deshaun Watson are all elite options in this market.
While Yahoo made it hard to draft Tyler Lockett (ranked No. 49 overall) In particular, it’s the perfect place to hedge Jaxon Smith-Njigba in 101 place – rather he’s lined up in over 40 places on some other sites. Rookie RBs are also clearly devalued for veterans here, making them all easy to click (especially on deeper benches) in the later rounds.
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Players to scroll down
212. Sam Howel
218. Marvin Mims Jr.
223. Isaiah Hodgins
Not drafted: Ty Chandler
I went deeper into most of these players in my 21 sleepers to target after picking 150 pieces. A majority have since seen their ADPs rise, if only because their usage became more pronounced during Week 1 of the preseason.
Sam Howell has now logged 19 carries on 137 dropbacks (13.8%) dating back to last year’s preseason as a final round cheat code (assuming he can wait Jacoby Brisset).
Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell praised Ty Chandler for his pass protection and work during their preseason opener. In terms of ADP, Chandler is a significantly better choice than Alexander Mattison (46), whose role is taken from the bottom up.
This article originally appeared on 4for4.com
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John Daigle is an Emmy and FSWA award winner who has covered the NFL and fantasy football for over a decade. He likes to watch golf and Jon Moxley, not necessarily in that order. You can follow him on Twitter @notJDaigle.