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Favorite Fliers

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Adam Levitan reveals the 14 players with an ADP of 115 or higher he's targeting in drafts. Markus …

The first couple rounds of a fantasy draft are boring to me. We’ve poked and prodded guys like Matt Forte, Eddie Lacy and Dez Bryant so much that even the casual fantasy owner knows their whole life story.

But as each round of the draft passes, our edge over lesser-informed enemies grows wider. And when we get to Rounds 11-14 of a 16-team draft, we really get the chance to flex our muscles.

I like to call this area of the draft the “Flier Range.” Our goal is not to acquire boring, low-upside players who get singles. We want the Pedro Alvarezes and Adam Dunns of the world – when they actually connect, the ball goes a long way.

With this strategy, we’re going to strike out a lot. Last year’s Favorite Fliers column whiffed on Roy Helu, Zach Sudfeld, Rueben Randle and Coby Fleener among others. But we hit big with Jordan Cameron and Joique Bell, and also finished in the black with Michael Floyd and Jay Cutler.

The point is that these are low-risk lottery tickets that can be discarded cheaply if it doesn’t work out. We should be targeting talented, athletic, high-upside players that just need a break or two in order to emerge as a top-40 option.  

For this column, a flier must have an ADP (average draft position) of 115.0 or later, as defined by Fantasy Football Calculator’s ADP report. That means guys I like such as Zach Ertz, Devonta Freeman, Jeremy Hill, Christine Michael, Brandin Cooks and Kyle Rudolph are out.

So here we go with the 2013 Favorite Fliers, listed in order of how badly I want them:

1. Ladarius Green, ADP 128.0
We no longer need to establish Ladarius Green’s status as an athletic freak. The cat is already outnull

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