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Complete with content aimed at providing the knowledge you need to make the perfect draft decisions in a variety of league formats — from projections, tiers, rankings, league sync, sleepers and busts to exclusive expert columns — this year's edition is the finest we've ever produced.
Today, we're highlighting some some players who our experts believe are being undervalued in summer drafts, and could be poised to have a major impact on your fantasy roster. To view the full list as well as see players our writers think are overvalued, check out the full Draft Guide!
Undervalued Fantasy Players for 2021
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Through Week 6 last season, Mixon was the overall RB9 and averaged 23.3 touches per game over that span. But a foot injury ended his year prematurely. He was well on pace for career highs in touches and targets as the Bengals’ do-it-all back in a high-paced offense. Mixon’s foot is believed to be 100 percent, and he’s expected to have a normal training camp. With the release of Giovani Bernard, Mixon could find his way into more two-minute and come-from-behind snaps after Bernard was the one who handled those reps previously for the Bengals. OC Brian Callahan has already come out and said he doesn’t want Mixon to leave the field this season. Mixon could easily threaten 350 touches if his health cooperates. The Bengals figure to get involved in plenty of offensive shootouts thanks to a sub-par defense. Being drafted as the overall RB14 in the spring, Mixon is a steal at the end of the second round. I’d be thrilled with a start of Christian McCaffrey and Mixon to open a draft. – Nick Mensio
D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy managers may have soured on the explosive Chark after a massive letdown in 2020. Jacksonville’s quarterback upgrade will have Trevor Lawrence throwing to Chark in 2021 — the same Lawrence who in 2020 was second in the nation in on-target percentage (70%) and had a career-high 10.2 adjusted yards per attempt. Chark commanded the third-most targets (31) of 20-plus yards last season, but only caught 10 of them, thanks largely to Gardner Minshew’s inaccuracy. Chark is being drafted after wideouts whose roles are less secure and whose high-end fantasy prospects are not nearly as tantalizing. – C.D. Carter
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Any time I can get the bulk of the running back touches on the league’s best offense after the first two rounds of fantasy drafts, I’ll be doing it without hesitation. Edwards-Helaire got goal-line work last year, and he had an impressive pass-catching profile coming out of LSU. He even posted 1,100 scrimmage yards as a rookie, which was only disappointing because he was a top-10 fantasy pick by the end of the summer. This isn’t rocket science. Buying loads of touches attached to explosive offenses at discounted rates is a fantasy football cheat code. – Kyle Dvorchak
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