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Draft Guide Preview: Undervalued Players

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: August 15, 2019, 6:23 pm ET

With the NFL Preseason officially underway and NFL Kickoff just around the corner, there's no time like the present to start cramming for your fantasy football drafts. And there's no better resource to help guide you to another championship than our all-new, mobile-optimized 2019 NFL Draft Guide. This year's edition is a true fantasy behemoth featuring customized projections from 14 different scoring systems, more mock drafts than ever before, over 500 player profiles, positional tiers, keeper tiers, rankings and a ton of exclusive columns. 

In this special preview, we give you a look at a couple of our Undervalued Players from the full online Draft Guide.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons 
By Raymond Summerlin

It is understandable why people would be wary of Devonta Freeman as a second-round pick. He played just two lackluster games last season because of a series of injuries and disappointed a bit as the RB13 in 2017 after going in the first round of fantasy drafts. There is reason to believe he will get back on track this season, however. First, he appears to be fully recovered from the injuries that ruined his 2018 season, as he even participated in the offseason program. Second, the Falcons beefed up their offensive line over the offseason with two signings and two first-round picks. Third and most importantly, Freeman no longer has to share the backfield with Tevin Coleman, and Ito Smith does not look like the same kind of threat to his workload. The Falcons are unlikely to run him into the ground, but it would not be a surprise if Freeman got back into the 275-300 touch range in an offense that projects to be pretty good under new OC Dirk Koetter. Getting that kind of workload outside of the top two rounds is good value.

Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers 
By Patrick Daugherty

A fringe TE1 last season, McDonald averaged an eye-popping 12.2 yards per reception while quietly finishing 11th in tight end yardage (610). He did so while splitting time with Jesse James, who has since departed for the Lions. Also gone is Antonio Brown and his 168 targets and 15 touchdowns. The Steelers made only minimal additions in free agency and the draft, creating a situation where McDonald could find himself as Ben Roethlisberger’s No. 2 target after JuJu Smith-Schuster. A big play-threat coming off a 50/610/4 campaign, McDonald is in the right place at the right time for a fantasy breakout. A top-five finish can’t be ruled out.

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