If you’re in a keeper league and you’re out of it, you may want to start looking towards next season. These are five under the radar players to try and acquire now to stash for the 2015 season.
5. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
Despite the Titans coaches insistence on using Shonn Greene in a virtual timeshare on a bad team, it’s the rookie Sankey who has shown more promise of late. He only has one TD on the year but the Titans offense as a whole has been one of the worst in the league. They’re on their third quarterback and the offensive line has had its share of injuries. I’ll give them an offseason to figure both of those spots out and then go to war with Sankey next year behind a retooled offensive line and someone else under center,
4. Martavis Bryant, WR, PIT
It was second year wideout Markus Wheaton who was supposed to take the next step as Roethsliberger’s second target next to Antonio Brown, but it has been Bryant who has grown leaps and bounds over the past month. The rookie wideout from Clemson has 14 catches for over 300 yards and six TD since week seven. He should be on your radar entering next year.
3. Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
A star at the Senior Bowl down in Mobile, the former Vanderbilt star has lit up opposing defense for the Eagles, catching everything in sight. He has clearly taken over as the number two wide receiver in Chip Kelly’s high octane offense, scoring three TD’s over the past two weeks and going over 100 yards for the first time in his career this past Monday night.
2. Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
A bruiser who I loved out of college, Hyde has played second fiddle to Frank Gore this year in the running game out in San Francisco. That won’t be the case next year as Gore hits the wrong side of 30 and the Niners get their offensive line back in order. He’s a future star in this league and it’ll be his coming out party in 2015.
1. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, NYG
If you’ve seen this kid play the past couple of weeks for the Giants, you know he’s already on track for a monster career in the NFL. 19 catches for 290 yards and a pair of TD’s since Victor Cruz went down, this diminutive rookie from LSU has been everywhere for the Giants. They’ve lined him up in the slot and on the outside with loads of success. He’s a target in keeper leagues with good reason.