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Three Underrated Contributors That Will Make A Massive Fantasy Impact

With training camp approaching, fantasy leagues are starting to lock in. Most people focus too much on the first few picks with star players and prioritize more prominent names.

While the stars are essential, the rest of your team must also hold up. Having more options also gives you more flexibility as far as draft strategy. Let's look at a few players in their primes that can have a better season than their fantasy average draft position suggests.

Terry McLaurin

At 27 years old, Terry is in his prime. Because of that, he may not go early in Dynasty leagues, but he still is a top 15 WR in the NFL and fantasy. Last year he finished as WR14 in PPR leagues, averaging 13.47 fantasy points per game. Mind you; he did this while playing with a subpar offense led by their former subpar QB and former subpar Offensive Coordinator.

Week 18 last year gave us a glimpse of what we can expect regarding his chemistry with Howell. Howell's first NFL pass (and first NFL TD pass) went to Terry, as he used his underrated YAC ability to take a well-placed ball to the house. We also saw how dangerous their deep-ball connection could be on their 52-yard bomb on the money.

Terry saw less than 40 yards in only two of his 17 games last year. Now factor in the fact that the OC for one of the best offenses in the league over the previous five years just joined Washington. Eric Bieniemy and Terry meshed almost immediately, and EB recently said, "You want everyone to be like Terry."

With both of them continuing to show their respect for each other's work ethics, it's fair to assume that Terry has a significant impact in this revamped offense that is expected to be more "explosive."

Marquise Brown

Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is one player I'll be looking to grab in as many leagues as possible. Brown just turned 26 recently and has only scratched the surface of his prime. Last offseason, the former Ravens wideout packed his bags for Arizona to reunite with his college QB Kyler Murray.

We saw that chemistry come into play almost immediately to start the season. During the season's first six weeks, Hollywood had 64 targets from Kyler and nearly 500 yards with three touchdowns. He did this as essentially the WR1, with Hopkins suspended for the first six games of the campaign. He had the impact of a high-end WR2.

Over the first six weeks, he finished as the week's WR25 or higher four times. He also had three top-12 finishes within that. Over a 17-game season, those six games translate to 181 targets, 121 catches, 1374 yards, and nine touchdowns. There are questions about whether Kyler will be able to suit up in week one or this season at all, but even backup Colt McCoy has a knack for feeding his top targets, as he's shown with the Cardinals over the past two years.

Clayton Tune is also a capable QB who I felt was a top-five QB in this class, but I expect Kyler to suit up at some point, given recent reports. If we can get 75% of that production, Hollywood will still have a significant impact and make his dynasty shareholders pretty happy.

David Montgomery

Montgomery finished last year as RB24, which isn't that big of an impact, but he couldn't have found himself in a better situation this offseason. Montgomery hasn't been the most efficient runner, averaging about four yards per carry, but so was their previous workhorse, as he finished as RB13 in fantasy last season.

The phenomenal offensive line of the Lions paved the way for now-Saints RB Jamaal Williams to have 17 TDs. If the Lions' O-line can continue to allow their goal-line back to find the end zone, Montgomery owners will get a steal. Behind an O-line like Detroit's, there is a possibility we see David Montgomery have the impact we saw in 2020, where he ended the season with six straight 20+ fantasy point performances due to his running ability and ability to score.

It isn't always as easy as plug-and-play, but the sense is that the Lions' backfield was modeled after their last group. The 2022 Lions showed us enough room for both of their RBs to produce, so it's not wild to think Gibbs and Montgomery will do the same.

Swift saw 70 targets in 14 games to go along with his 500 rushing yards, and Jamaal Williams still finished as RB13 if you can find prime RB13 production past the early rounds in your league drafts while securing your top-tier QB, WRs, and TEs in the process.

There is a good chance you'll be competing in the playoffs. I am not saying to go out of your way and target these players early, but if you miss out on a player higher in your queue, you have some pretty good options with players primed to impact this year and beyond.

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