My must-have players for 2014

Eddie Lacy among six high-value playmakers to target in fantasy drafts

Originally Published: August 20, 2014
By Tim Hasselbeck | ESPN Insider

Lacy/BallChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesTim Hasselbeck expects big things this year from RBs Eddie Lacy and Montee Ball.

As I continue to make my preparations for the 2014 fantasy football season, a number of players stick out as guys I definitely want on my team, while there are others I'm definitely going to avoid.

For the first group, this isn't to say I'll be drafting any of these players with my first pick, but the value I have on them is higher than where they've been going in ESPN.com drafts so far, according to average draft position (ADP).

I'm not going to say you'll win your fantasy league if you land all these players -- again, the value matters -- but here are six fantasy players I'll be targeting, based on what I've seen on film, what I've heard from players, coaches and executives, and the experience I've gained playing both in the NFL and in fantasy football leagues.

Note that players are arranged in order of ADP as of Aug. 20, and the 2013 point totals are based on ESPN.com standard scoring.

Former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck joined ESPN in August 2008 as a NFL studio analyst. He appears on NFL Live, SportsCenter, Fantasy Football Now and ESPN Radio.