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Fantasy football preview 2014: Underrated players

by Michael Baldwin Modified: August 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014

*Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton threw for 4,300 yards and 33 touchdowns but still isn’t one of the first 12 quarterbacks selected in most drafts.

*San Diego WR Keenan Allen will be a star. Would be a huge get in the third round.

*Carolina QB Cam Newton was the No. 6 fantasy QB two years ago. Newton’s running TDs understandably dipped, but he threw for a career-high 24 TDs

*RB Maurice Jones-Drew is 29, but if he lasts until the fifth or sixth round snatch him up quickly. Oakland isn’t a huge upgrade but it’s an upgrade.

*RB Ben Tate played well as Arian Foster’s understudy in Houston. Tate is now the starter in Cleveland.

*St. Louis’ defense/special teams led the NFL in sacks (56) and scored five TDs with good return units. Collect a few more turnovers and the Rams will rank among the elite.

*RB Frank Gore has a lot of tread on his tires, but he still produced at a high level last season at age 30.

*Atlanta WR Roddy White is second fiddle to Julio Jones, but White was a former top 10 WR who is still capable of big stats when he’s healthy.

*QB Carson Palmer is the ideal backup. He’s mediocre but produces some monster games when you need a replacement for a bye week or an injured starter.

*Kansas City WR Dwayne Bowe used to be a borderline No. 1 wide receiver. Now he’s slipping to the final two or three rounds of drafts. That’s far too low. Bowe is still capable of 1,000-yard season.

*Miami TE Charles Clay, the Tulsa product, was a top 10 TE last year, a former fullback who still gets an occasional carry.

*WR Andre Johnson isn’t the same player he once was but is being drafted way too low.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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