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Default Who is your fantasy football "guy"?

Since you post here, I know you're a hardcore football fan so I figure you've all got your fingers on the pulse of your team. Every year the big media misses on a big time player simply because they're covering every team and don't have the ability to find every single gem or scour all the team specific numbers the way we do.

As an Eagles fan, my guy is Jeremy Maclin. Surely you've all heard of Jeremy Maclin so he's clearly not unknown but he is surely underrated. Here me out:

In 2010, Jeremy Maclin put up 70 receptions, 964 yards and 10 TDs which were fantastic numbers for a second year player and they made him a very strong fantasy player. But Jeremy Maclin ran into a litany of problems in his 2011 campaign.

It all started in the offseason. Jeremy Maclin spent the offseason being poked and prodded by doctors because of a cancer scare and he showed up to camp barely tipping the scales at 180 after playing the 2011 season at a shade under 210 pounds. Clearly Jeremy Maclin was not in the best of shape to start last season and all of his problems were compounded by the lockout.

Despite all of this Jeremy Maclin still put up 44 catches, 606 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first 8 games of the season. If Jeremy Maclin had kept that pace he would've had an 88 catch, 1212 yard and 8 TD season which would make him a strong fantasy #1 WR. But thanks to injury and not being in shape because of the afore mentioned cancer scare, he faded. At the very start of the second half of the season Adrian Wilson walloped Maclin and ended up straining Maclin's hamstring and separating his shoulder. He ended up only playing 5 of 8 games down the stretch and remained largely ineffective. But despite his ineffectiveness down the stretch his per game averages extrapolate to a 78 rec, 1057 yd and 6 TD season. Still strong numbers.

Now, Andy Reid has said that Maclin is back to full strength. Daniel Jeremiah, former Eagles scout, has said that Maclin had a fantastic offseason. Michael Vick has said that Maclin is in line for a breakout season. And it makes total sense, he's healthy again, he's led the Eagles in targets per game the past two years, he's the Eagles top red-zone WR, he's getting his first offseason with Michael Vick as the starter and considering he's healthy, in better shape and stronger, one could say that Maclin is less likely to fade down the stretch this year. Maclin is in line for a very productive season.

But here is the best part: His prospective production is a huge bargain when you consider how late he's available. His ADP in ESPN leagues is 64.0 (7th round) he was picked 63rd in CBS' mock draft (7th round) and in Yahoo leagues he is being drafted in the 5th round. If Maclin stays healthy you very likely could get good WR1 production for the price of a low end WR2.

So, I ask you, who is your fantasy football "guy" that is underrated, unknown, taking on a bigger role, etc.? And all homer opinions are welcome, who other than Giants fans would've thought Victor Cruz would've been a good player?
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