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Seeking the Shiva: Ten late-round lottery tickets that could cash

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Crystal statues, bronzed mini-toilets, honorary tattoos, salacious objects – every fantasy football league adopts some sort of symbol rewarding fantasy dominance. But of all the trophies in Fantasyland there is none more famous than the Shiva, an award given to the champion of FXX's 'The League' (New season premieres September 4). For owners seeking the hardware, here are 10 DEEP sleepers (100-plus ADP) that could earn you bragging rights and impossibly make Pete Eckhart a four-time Shiva champion.

Knowshon Moreno, Den, RB (128.2 ADP, RB48) – We know there are three backs of note in Denver and two of them will probably be goats - queue up the Montee Ball Problem. And with Ball struggling in pass pro and Ronnie Hillman fumbling constantly, the steady-if-boring Knowshon Moreno looms as an intriguing post-hype sleeper. The former first-round pick has a solid chance to ride shotgun in one of the AFC's most delicious offenses. – (Scott Pianowski)

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Christine Michael, Sea, RB (141.7 ADP, RB51) – Seattle assistant head coach (and offensive line coach) Tom Cable was born to run. He orchestrated the most lucrative fantasy backfield as the head coach with Oakland in 2010. In his two seasons in Seattle, the backfield has ranked 13th and fifth, respectively, in fantasy production. So if Michael were to land in a lead role this season because of an injury to Marshawn Lynch, there's every reason to believe he'll be a rousing success. His tantalizing blend of power and speed has been on display often this preseason, leaving little doubt that he's the next man up in the Seahawks backfield. – (Brandon Funston)

Bernard Pierce, Bal, RB (107.9 ADP, RB42) – If you include the playoffs, Pierce got 5.0 YPC last year, including the third-best YPC (3.5) after contact in all of football. It will take a Ray Rice injury, but if Pierce were to become Baltimore's workhorse, he'd easily be a top-10 fantasy player. – (Dalton Del Don)

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Roy Helu, Was, RB (141.8 ADP, RB52) – OK, I understand it's hard to let the bitterness go, but it's worth it in this case. Helu is healthy, he's had a stellar preseason, and he's earned a handcuff/passing-down role. He's now an injury away from being the featured back in an elite running game. – (Andy Behrens)

Justin Blackmon, Jac, WR (115.0 ADP, WR45) – Because of the his four-game suspension and affiliation with Blaine Gabbert, most drafters view Blackmon as though he's afflicted with the plague. However, the wideout is hardly diseased. He's a physical target who runs precise routes. And recall last year he was the sixth-best receiver in fantasy from Week 11 on. Once activated it's no stretch to think he accumulates viable WR2 numbers in 12-teamers. – (Brad Evans)

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In Arians' high-flying offense, Floyd could soar. (USAT)

Michael Floyd, Ari, WR (116.6 ADP, WR43) – The former first-rounder surged at the end of his rookie season, despite dealing with a quarterback situation that was hysterically bad. With Carson Palmer at the controls of an Arians offense — and with opposing defenses focused on Larry Fitzgerald — Floyd should make a significant value leap. – (Behrens)

Vincent Brown, SD, WR (111.7 ADP, WR43) – was expected to be the go-to wideout in San Diego last year before a busted ankle ruined the season. He might have a modest start to 2013, but with Danario Alexander out, Malcom Floyd limited and Antonio Gates close to retirement, I fully expect Brown to lead the Chargers in targets. Philip Rivers can still chuck the ball, it's just a matter of getting him protected. Brown offers a tasty upside here. – (Pianow)

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Bryce Brown, Phi, RB (103.7 ADP, RB41) – Brown is another RB who needs an injury to provide a starting opportunity, but he too has displayed elite skills (although he needs to improve his ball security) and will be playing behind an underrated offensive line and in a Chip Kelly system that should lead the NFL in rushing attempts. Brown is the type of pick who can win your league for you. – (Del Don)

Joique Bell, Det, RB (143.6 ADP, RB53) – Very quietly the pride of Wayne St. totaled 899 yards from scrimmage, 6.7 yards per touch and the fifth-most receptions for a running back last year. Thickly built and ultra-versatile, Bell may become more than just flexy sexy in competitive PPR formats. Reggie Bush, who's only played two full seasons over his seven-year career, isn't the most rigid rusher. And, most importantly for Bell, he's running well-ahead of Mikel Leshoure for backup and possibly goal-line duties. He'll be every bit a top-20 RB if/when Bush goes down. – (Evans)

Rueben Randle, NYG, WR (128.3 ADP, WR50) – The Giants have put up huge fantasy numbers the past four seasons, ranking among the top four receiving corps in fantasy points three times in that span, and no worse than 11th. Considering the lucrative real estate, and the fact that both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz have been dealing with injuries this preseason, Randle could easily find himself with a major role in the Giants passing game early in '13. – (Funston)

Set your DVRs. Watch Taco and the clan on the season premiere of 'The League' on the new FXX starting Sept. 4.

 

 

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