Late Season Gold (Rookie Edition)

By: Little Italy (Publisher)

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Every year we have those players emerge mid to late season that lead to fantasy championships, whether it is due to an injury to a starter or a struggling starter being benched for not producing. I went through and isolated a handful of players that enter the league on crowded depth charts, that could become fantasy studs by seasons end, that will likely lead to championship returns.

Javonte Williams (RB):

  • Javonte enters a one year committee with Melvin Gordon (slated to be free agent in 2022), which will hinder early fantasy production.

  • Williams was drafted in the second after Denver traded up to get him, signaling they have big plans for him in the future. It's been reported that the front office view Williams as their Dalvin Cook.

  • Williams should emerge as this teams best back by season’s end, and for dynasty will be the unquestioned RB1 of this team, meaning upside through the roof.

  • Give me Williams over Etienne 10 times out of 10.

Travis Etienne (RB):

  • The Clemson product finds himself in a similar situation as Javonte, the only difference being that his committee mate isn’t going anywhere, as James Robinson is only entering year two of his NFL career, and proved very capable as a pro back.

  • There is no denying that Etienne is more talented than Robinson, but split time will hinder early fantasy production.

  • I do see a path to all passing down work for Etienne, which should produce decent fantasy numbers by seasons end.

Trey Sermon (RB):

  • Sermon will likely jump to the head of this crowded backfield in SF by seasons end.

  • Mostert and Wilson Jr. have proven untrustworthy in staying healthy and are both a little undersized for this style of offense.

  • Sermon is built for this zone run scheme offense and coupled with his third round draft capital, Sermon is set to be this teams lead back in 2022, which actually could happen as early as 2021 to be a league winner.

Justin Fields (QB):

  • Justin Fields will likely take this job over rather quickly for the Bears, despite the team repeatedly saying Dalton is our Week One starter.

  • Weapons in the passing attack and a revamped offensive line just screams mid to late season breakout for the Ohio State product.

  • Fields finds himself behind only Lawrence and Lance in my dynasty rankings at the position.

Trey Lance (QB):

  • Trey Lance and Justin Fields are pretty much the same player, the only difference being Fields is more polished as a passer.

  • I fully expect Jimmy G. to get most the starts in 2021, but as he has shown in the previous years, staying healthy isn’t a strong suit, which could lead to Lance taking the field late in the season.

  • Lance offers a lot of upside as a runner, which usually bodes well for fantasy numbers. A 2020 Jalen Hurts finish to the season is very possible for Lance.

Josh Palmer (WR):

  • Josh Palmer couldn’t have asked for a better landing spot in my opinion.

  • Palmer has a real chance at locking up the WR3 duties for this up and coming LAC team.

  • Justin Herbert has shown that he can make any wide out fantasy relevant and if palmer gets a starting gig should be no different.

Jaylen Waddle (WR):

  • Jaylen is a top prospect no doubt, but he will not be this team’s number one in 2021.

  • Parker is age 29 and Will Fuller is only on a one year deal, meaning Waddle in 2022 is set to offer more fantasy production then Waddle 2021.

  • Dynasty purposes he is a top 8 rookie prospect who could flash down the stretch for a Dolphins team that has struggled staying healthy at the position.

Brevin Jordan (TE):

  • Jordan flashed impressive ability as a receiver at Miami and remains one of the better fantasy options in this year’s class.

  • Jordan also lands on a Texans team that is lacking both direction and passing weapons, which opens a path for year one fantasy production, especially as the season moves deeper into the winter months.

  • We have to keep in minds it generally takes tight ends about three years to become acclimated to the Pro’s and begin to breakout, leading most to believe he makes for a better long term dynasty option, which I wouldn’t argue, but also wouldn't be shocked if he emerged as early as year one.