Baltimore Ravens- Bernard Pierce. While he didn’t play a ton last year he definitely helped keep Ray Rice fresh and should see more playing time this season.
Buffalo Bills- C.J. Spiller. Fred Jackson’s emergence combined with Spiller’s ineffectiveness his first couple of seasons made him the forgotten man. That is until last year when he showed why he was so highly thought of coming out of the 2010 NFL draft.
Cincinnati Bengals- Geno Atkins. Aside from A.J. Green Geno Atkins is easily the Bengals best player. For a kid who lasted until the 4th round of the 2010 draft he may very well be better than both Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.
Cleveland Browns- Phillip Taylor. Not a lot of people know of Phil Taylor but he is a strong DT/NT. He really plays his gap well reminds me of a younger lighter Vince Wilfork.
Denver Broncos- Ryan Clady. When protecting Peyton Manning’s blindside you have to take priority. While Clady is a name that is recognizable he is also a very good young player who doesn’t get many props outside of Denver.
Houston Texans- Kareem Jackson. Had a horrible rookie year but last year he really solidified the back-end of the Texans D. With 4 interceptions and 16 passes defended, he and Johnathan Joseph make a nice Cornerbacker duo.
Jacksonville Jaguars- NONE. Sorry Jacksonville but you’re team just doesn’t have a single underrated player. A few overrated but nobody underrated.
Kansas City Chiefs- Jamaal Charles. Charles’ value to his team really can’t be measured. without him in 2011 they were awful. While with him in 2012 they were awful too. That said, they may have went win less without Jamaal Charles in 2012. Fantasy players realize his worth but everyday fans probably don’t. He ran for 1.500 yards last year coming off a torn up knee. Adrian Peterson’s epic, unseen performance last year overshadowed many players who did well.
Miami Dolphins- Brian Hartline. White WR who is basically a possession type guy but he gave the Dolphins 48 first downs last season and kept the chains moving. Any team would take that.
New England Patriots- Chandler Jones. Moving forward Jones is set to be the team’s defensive leader. Jones possesses all the things you want in a 3-4 DE. Good strength, instincts and athleticism.
New York Jets- NONE. Nick Mangold, Santonio Holmes, are they really underrated? Sorry Jets fans but this team needs all kinds of help.
Oakland Raiders- Jacoby Ford. When he is healthy Ford is a terrific deep threat with world-class speed. He’s had some success but he can really be an impact guy if he can stay on the field this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers- Emmanuel Sanders. First is was Santonio Holmes, then it was Mike Wallace, then Antonio Brown, now it’s Emmanuel Sanders time to shine he has been solid as a 4, 3, and no.2 WR. This year he won’t surprise teams because they don;t know him, he’ll surprise them by how well he plays.
San Diego Chargers– Shareece Wright. While biding his time behind Quentin Jammer, Wright has been a solid contributor on special teams and in the dime package for the Chargers. Expect to see Wright play a lot more this year and really have an impact on the Charger’s D.
Tennessee Titans- Delanie Walker. While he’s better known for his blocking expect him to be highly involved in the passing game as well. Walker was highly underrated in San Francisco and should get more love in Tennessee.
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