This column is about players who have all the potential in the world to become efficient fantasy contributors this season, but are either buried on the depth chart or are very raw/young. Some of these players are worth a late round flier, but for the most part, these are players who should be kept an eye on throughout the season to see if they ever get a shot to show their stuff.
Ifeanyi Momah: WR Philadelphia Eagles
Ifeanyi Momah is a project WR, but the physical traits this man has are unheard of. He is 6’7” and has clocked an unofficial 4.40 forty yard dash time. No, that is not a typo, he is 6’7” and runs a 4.40 forty. Let me say that one more time to let it sink in; 6’7” 4.40 forty. The Eagles had Momah running in Riley Cooper’s spot during training camp while he was injured. The Eagles have a fairly questionable receiving corps lead by an injury prone Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles are looking to get bigger at WR and Momah fits the bill. Momah is not worth a draft pick in any leagues as he may not even make the team, but his potential is hard to ignore if he does.
Joseph Randle: RB Dallas Cowboys
I think Joseph Randle is definitely worth a late round flier in 12 team leagues. DeMarco Murray has never played a full season in the NFL and while Lance Dunbar is technically listed ahead of Randle on the depth chart, he is more of a Darren Sproles type back and will not be running heavily between the tackles. Randle will get the bulk of the carries behind a mauling cowboys offensive line if Murray goes down.
Chris Polk: RB Philadelphia Eagles
Yes another eagle made the list. When you boast a prolific offense like the Eagles do, you tend to have a lot of fantasy potential. Chris Polk is the handcuff for LeSean McCoy you want to get. Sproles will see a lot of time split out wide, and will not be heavily evolved in the running game even if McCoy were to get hurt. Polk would become the work horse, and from the limited snaps he has played, he has been very effective. He is a tenacious runner who refuses to go down. He has Marshawn Lynch like run style and can break tackles at any level of the defense. While he is a very different runner than McCoy, he can still thrive in the run heavy Eagles offense if given the opportunity.
Jeff Janis: WR Green Bay Packers
Jeff Janis is a small school guy with a great size/speed combination. Janis has been really been impressing at spring camp and is looking like a guy that can make an impact for the Packers in a few years, but that could be rushed in if the WRs ahead of him catch the injury bug. Janis will not really see anytime this year unless something happens to Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb, but he could push Jarrett Boykin as the season goes. Janis is not worth a draft pick, but he is certainly someone to keep an eye on if not for this season, then the next.
Dri Archer: RB Pittsburgh Steelers
Dri Archer could see pretty decent playing time in the quick hitting Steelers offense by mid season. He has insane speed and thrives when given some space to run. Archer will look to play a Dexter McCluster role in Todd Haley’s offense and with a very unimpressive receiving corps outside of Antonio Brown, I could see the Steelers looking to unleash their speedy back sooner rather than later. Archer will line p in the backfield sparingly, but should have opportunities split out in the slot. Archer could be a good late round target in a PPR league, but if you don’t want to risk the pick on him, just keep an eye on his use throughout the season.