It’s getting to be that time of the fantasy football season again, when fantasy football keeper league managers really start to do their work. At this point, you’re either going hard for a trip to the fantasy playoffs, or you’re already game-planning for next season. That can mean you’re already fielding trade offers for picks and/or players, or you’re starting to pay close attention to your own potential fantasy football keepers so you can better decide later which to hold onto and which to let free.
It’s rarely an easy call, especially when big names come into play. However, we’re starting to see some aging or ineffective players that may not be worth keeping around. Guys like Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush and maybe even Doug Martin and Ryan Mathews seemingly just aren’t worth the fuss anymore. If we’re letting some more proven commodities like that go, naturally there will be some more under the radar players to pick up. We’ve got six that you may want to invest in. They don’t necessarily scream “keep me” right now, but ultimately you may want them on your fantasy football keepers list come 2015:
Zach Mettenberger, QB, Tennessee Titans
While everyone else is holding on to Johnny Football or rolling with Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater, you might be able to stumble upon Mettenberger. Despite being a 6th round pick in last year’s draft, the LSU product is actually a first round type of talent and he just might be the future under center for the Titans. The best part? You didn’t spend a high draft pick to get him, so you don’t eat anything if he stinks. You can pick him up off the waiver wire in a lot of keep/dynasty leagues and hope he puts it together heading into 2015.
Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sims is easily one of the top fantasy football keepers to either trade for or pick up. There’s a chance he’s unowned in keeper leagues right now, simply because roster space doesn’t allow him to be hanging around (he hasn’t been active at any point of the season yet), but that’s changing. Once active, the versatile Sims could make a name for himself and turn into a hot fantasy football keeper. You’ll want to make sure he’s on your roster.
Bryce Brown, RB, Buffalo Bills
Brown hasn’t done anything worth noting with the Bills yet, but they traded a fourth round draft pick for the guy and have had some key injuries in their offensive backfield. Needless to say, a role is coming and he has the athleticism to make the most of it. He’s an interesting talent worth keeping an eye on. Better yet, he’s worth rostering.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bryant was a high upside rookie coming into 2014, but no one really paid much mind to him initially considering he’s a bit raw and he wasn’t guaranteed any playing time. He’s wiggled his way into a role suddenly, however, and now we can’t look past him any longer. He’s not only a solid add for 2014, but he potentially holds major upside for the long-term, as well.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
Hunter was an interesting fantasy keeper people clung to last year, and despite disappointing some in 2014, he probably should be again. It hasn’t been all Hunter’s fault, for one. He’s had some major issues under center all year and is now on his third quarterback. Once he gets back into a groove, he’s going to end up paying off. We might not see it until later this year or even in 2015, but he’s going to be a guy we’ll want to keep.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Last, but certainly not least, is the extremely explosive Patterson. Pegged as this year’s Josh Gordon, C-Patt has been a massive disappointment because he hasn’t shot out of the cannon as we all had hoped. However, he’s been playing with a rookie quarterback and his role in general has been pretty shaky. He was awesome in week one and seemed to come alive in week eight, so there is hope he can end up paying off. You drafted him to be a beast during the 2014 fantasy football season, but even though that hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, you probably need to make him one of your top fantasy football keepers. He just has too much upside to merely cast to the side.
There’s no denying these guys aren’t your houshold names when it comes to the fantasy football keepers you’re used to holding onto. Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Graham and the like are those big names you’re willing to sacrifice high draft picks to keep on your roster. But these other guys, they have upside that can be realized in 2015 and they also won’t cost you an arm and a leg. There’s value in that.