Kiper's fantasy rookie keepers

Late-round rookies who can be drafted and stored on fantasy rosters

Updated: August 9, 2013, 10:51 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Tavon Austin & Stedman BaileyAP Photo/Jeff RobersonTavon Austin and Stedman Bailey should help the Rams' passing attack.

If you're in a deeper fantasy football league, or a keeper league, you're not just looking at available rookies. No, you're probably already eyeballing depth charts and finding reasons to delay your draft so you can see more action from preseason games -- particularly second-half action, where you get to see rookies not just fighting for playing time but trying to make enough plays to land a roster spot. That's where this group comes into play.

On Tuesday, I took an early look at rookies I think could have the most fantasy value in 2013. This time around, I'm looking at the guys you're likely drafting to stash away for later in the season or who could emerge in 2014 as starters and viable fantasy options.

A couple rules:

• All of these guys were taken in the third round or later (or not at all) in the 2013 NFL draft.
• Unless I state otherwise, I see these more as draft-and-stash candidates, not players who will play a key role in Week 1.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some possible fantasy lottery tickets.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

A steal in terms of talent, Allen carried a first-round grade on my board but San Diego was able to get him at No. 76 overall in the third round. Allen isn't a burner, but he knows how to create space as a route runner and becomes a tough tackle once he gets the ball in his hands. It wouldn't surprise me if Allen works his way into first-team reps early in 2013, especially after the season-ending injury to Danario Alexander.



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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst