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When is it the right time to draft a ‘Nole in your fantasy football draft?

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With the NFL season upon us, it’s time to talk about a way in which many football fans fully ingratiate themselves into the sport: fantasy football. Nowadays, it seems that every football fan has one (or three) leagues where they aim to showcase their superior ability. While some leagues are just for the fun of competition, most are for supremacy over their friends and a good way to supplement that victory is by having a former Seminole or two on your roster.

This year, there are many former Florida State football players who could prove to be major players on your fantasy football team. However, it’s important to know when each of those FSU alumni should be taken. After all, reaching up to take a former Seminole ahead of their projection just because it’s a name you recognize could prove to be a problem for your team. Without further ado, here’s where many former Seminoles have been going in this year’s fantasy drafts.

RB Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (#9 overall on ESPN/ #5 RB)

Mid-2nd Round

Freeman had a breakout sophomore season for the Atlanta Falcons gaining 1,639 total yards and 14 touchdowns. He is seen as a very viable RB1. But beware. Freeman’s stock rose due to the loss of running back Tevin Coleman last year in week two. Freeman had two breakout performances resulting in a 37 point game against the Giants and a 32 game against the Texans. After that, he slowed down and averaged 73 ypg and less than one score per week.

Coleman is back and the Falcons are becoming a “back-by-committee” team this year. Freeman can still achieve a second 1,000-total yard season, but will not likely have the same number of touches. He is not worth your first round pick but shows value in the second round. If you do grab Freeman, you should handcuff Coleman with him in the 9th or 10th round.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers (#51 overall/ #27 WR)

Mid-5th to Early-6th Round

Benjamin is coming off of a torn ACL from before the the 2015 regular season. He was able to avoid being placed on the Players Unable to Perform (PUP) list at the beginning of training camp. On the other hand, coach Ron Rivera said that “Benjamin will be limited to around 35 snaps” against the Broncos in the season opener.

Benjamin has value as a WR1 or WR2 later in the season. He is the perfect player to store on the bench for a few weeks and play him later in the season. If you take Benjamin, you may consider going wide receiver heavy in the following rounds.

RB Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (#164 overall/ #55 RB)

12th-14th Round

Thompson is the clear RB2 in Washington behind Matt Jones. With only 36 touches and 216 yards on the ground, Thompson shows little use as a FLEX option. Thompson’s points come through the air. Thompson caught 35 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

Thompson should be drafted very late. The only value he shows is if he is handcuff him to Matt Jones.

QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#171 overall/ #18 QB)

10th-14th Round

Winston is coming off of a 4,000 yard season. The only other quarterbacks to achieve that in their rookie year were Andrew Luck (2012) and Cam Newton (2011). In their sophomore seasons, Luck and Newton both threw for over 3,800 yards and decreased their interception from their rookie year. If the trend continues, Winston would look to have around 3,800 yards with 10 interceptions.

Jameis can be drafted as a clear QB2 if you have Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson on your team. He can also be used by committee if you have three QBs to play based on match-up.

All FSU Kickers

Roberto Aguayo of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers, Sebastian Janikowski of the Oakland Raiders, and Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins could all serve as viable kickers on your fantasy team, giving you plenty of chances to add a ‘Nole specialist.