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7 Players to Target for Fantasy Football Keeper Leagues

The 2014 fantasy football season has come to a close with the end of the NFL regular season. That doesn’t mean there isn’t daily fantasy left to play and keeper considerations going forward. Our friends at numberFire.com have taken a look at seven players to target in your fantasy keeper leagues.

While most standard leagues have put a bow on the 2014 season, dynasty leaguers are just ramping up their off-season work. This is where the real fun is, at least in my opinion. The enjoyment of being in a dynasty league is that it’s as close as we can realistically get to running an NFL franchise — and we don’t have to worry about being on the hot seat after a bad year!

In a dynasty or keeper league, the work never ends. One year rolls right into the next. Regardless of how the 2014 season went, there is work to do. Are you rebuilding and stockpiling draft picks? Are you already a powerhouse, possibly looking to sell high on a key player to stay at the top of the league? Or maybe you feel like you’re just a couple vital moves — maybe trading a draft pick or young player away for a win-now piece — away from having a championship-caliber squad.

No matter where you are, in a dynasty league, there is no time to stand still.

Here are some guys who, for various reasons, may currently be undervalued. Some of them may be waiver wire guys who are primed to step into larger roles next season. Others are established players who are performing a little better than what is being perceived. Either way, here are some players to pursue as we start preparing for 2015.

Donte Moncrief, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts

Likely a late first- or second-round pick in 2014 rookie drafts, Moncrief has a lot of things going for him. He was top-five for receivers at the combine in the 40-yard dash (4.4 seconds), vertical jump (39.5 inches) and broad jump (11 feet), so athleticism isn’t an issue. He’s playing with a young star quarterback in a pass-first offense, and he’s not going to be the defense’s top priority with T.Y. Hilton’s emerging as a big-time wideout.

The only thing standing in his way is opportunity. He’s played on only 33.3 percent of snaps this year, but that likely won’t be a problem in 2015. Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks are in the final year of contracts. Nicks has been a disappointment and probably won’t be back in Indianapolis while Wayne is running on fumes and has openly talked about retirement. The thought of Moncrief catching passes from Andrew Luck for the next few years is pretty enticing.

Moncrief’s Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per Target was 0.73 this year, meaning each throw his way (Moncrief had 49 targets this year) added 0.73 expected points to the Colts’s scoring output. This ranked sixth out of the 19 wideouts who saw between 40 and 60 targets, a promising mark for sure.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...