They are old, but not dead yet. Three old guys to roster.
In the realm of dynasty fantasy football, you must always concern yourself with the future of your team. Owners should insulate themselves by making sure they have an outstanding amount of young talent on their roster. Sometimes though you may need that little extra something to help you obtain the title of being fantasy football champion. That little something extra could come from those veterans, who while not old in real life, are old in football life. As seen in the past and even the present, sometimes the old guys do it best. So which old dogs should you be interested in acquiring?
Frank Gore — RB Colts
Frank Gore is an interesting player to discuss as it seems most owners typically try to avoid owning him. Few owners appear to realize that this 34-year-old veteran has been the consistent RB12 even in the twilight of his career. Since 2011 Frank Gore has had no less than 250 carries and has had a 1,000-yard season in five of the last six seasons. The lone season he did not reach 1,000 yards, he finished with 967 yards rushing. These stats typically tend to go under the radar with Frank Gore because everyone seems to be concerned about his age. Well let me tell you this, Gore should be an addition to your team simply because of the outstanding stats he puts up.
A lot of owners are selling him for next to nothing. Some question Gore’s role with the addition of Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin still being in the mix. But the truth of the matter is Frank Gore is still the early down back as well as the red zone back. On top of that, it wouldn’t make any sense to not feed him the ball as much due to him still being an incredibly productive runner. It also helps that the team does not need to worry about his long term presence due to his age. Frank Gore continues to get overlooked even while he continues putting up outstanding numbers. If you are looking for some depth at RB and need someone cheap, the old man Frank Gore may be an excellent solution to your difficult problem.
Emmanuel Sanders — WR Broncos
This high producing WR has been a consistent WR2 for a large part of his career and still seems to be out producing most young wideouts in the league. Since 2014, Sanders has not had one season under 1,000 yards receiving. Yes, he did have the all-time great Peyton Manning to throw to him, but it seems that even when the QB situation in Denver is even a little rocky, Sanders still produces.
Some of the younger guys Emmanuel Sanders has equaled or even out produced include Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Kelvin Benjamin, Deandre Hopkins, and Allen Robinson. Some of those players get the “elite talent” tag, but when it comes down to it, one must always look at the stats in fantasy football. Sure Sanders may be an odd ball on this list due to the fact he is 30, but with the young talent around that is so expensive to get, Sanders sure does seem like a logical arbitrage WR.
He may not be especially cheap but is certainly cheaper than any of the guys listed above. This underrated star has found his way onto more than a few of my rosters. He secures the wide receiver 2 spot on your roster, as well as allows you to keep some talent on your roster since you will not be paying as much for what is considered an elite talent. As shown below Sanders stats can match up with Deandre Hopkins and Dez Bryant over the last 3 seasons.
Philip Rivers — QB Chargers
Rivers, who is 35 and will be 36 in December and may act like a big baby on the field with his constant whining, but his numbers are hard to argue. In his 13 seasons in the NFL, Rivers has had 9 seasons where he threw for more than 4,000 passing yards. Surrounded by a supporting cast of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Melvin Gordon only helps the case for Rivers.
He may be an older football player, but somehow some way he continues to put up low end QB1 numbers. So why not build up a solid core at running back and wide out and take Rivers late in the draft? As opposed to spending high draft capital on a QB that will more than likely do the same things? Not only does Rivers get the job done regarding yards, but 4 of the previous five seasons, Rivers has thrown for more than 30 touchdowns. And the season Rivers did not throw 30; he put up 29 touchdowns.
What also provides tremendous upside for Rivers is his offensive line is finally healthy after a 2–3 year period of being injury riddled. If his age is something you look at more than a healthy offensive line, the incredible amount of talent that surrounds him, and merely just his sheer consistency, then maybe you may want to take another look at how you evaluate players in fantasy football.
Yes, these guys are old, but when playing dynasty fantasy football, I like to look at a two-year window of how I think players will perform. Considering the cost and consistency these three players provide, there is no reason not to add them to your roster.
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Originally published at dynastyfootballfactory.com on July 18, 2017.