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“Big Rigg” Digging Deep at Wide Receiver 2017

Ranking the top 45 receivers may have been a little obvious in my article from last week.  However, things will get a little bit more interesting digging into the next 45 to 50 wide receivers.  Please keep in mind, often times the top echelon of fantasy producers at the wide receiver position are the guys who dominate snap counts and targets.  Beware, because early in the season, one or two players may come out of seemingly nowhere and explode onto the scene.  For example, if JJ Nelson goes off for 3 catches, 135 yards and 2 TD’s, you shouldn’t run out and blow all of your waiver budget on him or trade for him at all costs.  Your first course of action should be checking the snap counts.  If Nelson played on 57 of Arizona’s 65 snaps, he ran 35 pass routes and had 7 targets, then maybe there is something to his stat line.  However, if Nelson put up that stat line while playing only 19 of 65 snaps, and caught all 3 of his targets in route to the monster stat line, that suggests his production is not sustainable as he simply won’t get the consistent volume, meaning his performance was a fluke not likely to be replicated.  Proceed with caution through the first few weeks of the season and don’t be too reactionary.

Rank – ADP – Player (Age) Height – 2016 Targets – 2016 Catches – 2016 Yards – 2016 TD’s

#46 – 9.5 – Tyrell Williams (25) 6’4″ – 119 – 69 – 1,059 – 7 TD – When the Chargers drafted Mike Williams in the first round of the draft I thought that was the kiss of death for Tyrell Williams’ 2017 fantasy outlook.  However, Mike Williams has since dealt with back injuries, making it likely that Tyrell Williams retains his starting role with the potential of taking over as the #1 if Keenan Allen goes down again.  Tyrell Williams is a high upside bargain at his 9th round ADP.  As the preseason shakes out, if reports on Mike Williams continue to look negative, you may see Tyrell Williams’ ADP start to rise.  Remain disciplined if this happens, and don’t draft him in the 3rd round if the hype train starts rolling, because he is more of a tall deep threat, and won’t be a huge volume guy.  His ceiling won’t be too much higher than his 2016 stat line even if Keenan Allen goes down.

#47 – 12.7 – Rishard Matthews (27) 6’2″ – 108 – 65 – 945 – 9 TD – Rishard Matthews was Marcus Mariota’s safety valve in 2016, but a lot has changed since then.  The Titans went out and drafted Corey Davis early in the first round of the draft and they proceeded to sign Eric Decker after he was released by the Jets.  With Delanie Walker, Corey Davis, Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews all in the fold in a rush first offense, you need to wonder just how much volume Matthews can get barring injury to the other receivers.  I am likely to pass on Matthews in drafts unless there is more clarity with their receiving corps as we approach the start of the regular season.

#48 – 10.11 – Marvin Jones Jr. (27) 6’2″ – 103 – 55 – 930 – 4 TD – Last year, Marvin Jones started the season absolutely on fire and the Bengals looked like the worst franchise in pro sports for letting him slip away.  Then, the shine went away, and Jones’ pace slowed down.  Not only did Jones slow down, but he came crashing back down to earth.  At his current late 10th round ADP, however, Marvin Jones looks to be going at fair market value.  If you draft Jones for what he is, a high upside WR3 or WR4, then you will be happy with his production.  However, if you draft him to be your #1 guy, or WR2, you will be kicking yourself.

#49 – 223 – Tavon Austin (26) 5’9″ – 106 – 58 – 509 – 3 TD – I wonder what Tavon Austin could have been if he played for the Patriots or Saints.  Hopefully Sean McVay will be able to utilize Austin to the best of his abilities.  Austin is nothing more than a bye week filler or injury replacement player with huge upside.  If he blows up week 1, don’t bite on trades for him.

#50 – 8.11 – Eric Decker (30) 6’3″ 21 – 9 – 194 – 2 TD – Eric Decker is a touchdown machine.  We need to monitor this situation in the preseason because the Titans are a run first team, so volume may be an issue.  However, if it looks like Mariota is going to target Decker early and often in the endzone, he may be a sneaky WR3 for you.

#51 – 10.2 – Corey Davis (22) 6’3″ – Rookie – In dynasty leagues, I am targeting Corey Davis early.  In redraft leagues, I am letting Davis go.  There are too many mouths to feed in Tennessee and at his current ADP, there may be a higher upside player worth taking.  Moving forward to 2018 and beyond, however, Davis could be a 2nd round pick.  My outlook may change if Davis tears it up this preseason and it looks like he’s going to dominate target share.

#52 – 8.5 – Jeremy Maclin (29) 6’0″ – 76 – 44 – 536 – 2 TD – I don’t know what to do here.  Maclin had a solid NFL career, and I know he played through an injury last year, but I just don’t see where the production is going to come from.  To me, if you draft Jeremy Maclin to be your WR2 or WR3, you are chasing the name.  Maclin simply has too many people to compete with for targets in Baltimore. Who is Baltimore’s slot guy? Mike Wallace is a burner, Breshad Perriman is a burner, both are outside players as well.  Is Maclin a slot guy? Somebody needs to play the slot and I just don’t see who that is going to be.

#53 – 14.5 – Breshad Perriman (23) 6’2″ – 66 – 33 – 499 – 3 TD – I have been all over Breshad Perriman for the last 2 years and will be in 2017 as well.  Perriman hasn’t been able to figure it out thus far, but he’s still only 23 years old.  Players who begin their NFL careers at a young age (20 or 21 years old) have room to grow and usually need some time to figure things out, such as how to take care of themselves and stay healthy.  I am putting my money down on Perriman figuring things out for the 2017 season.  If he is able to put it together and play 14 or more games, he has the athletic ability and pedigree to be a top flight NFL wide receiver and may be the steal of the draft at his 14th round ADP.

#54 – 12.10 – Sterling Shepard (23) 5’10” – 105 – 65 – 683 – 8 TD – The hype train on Sterling Shepard was all set to take off in 2017, and then the Giants signed Brandon Marshall.  I am not sure what to think about Shepard’s value in light of Marshall’s signing.  Personally, I think that Shepard will continue to get a high volume of 100+ targets, but I think there will be some touchdown regression down from his 8 in 2016 because Marshall is a touchdown machine.  The Giants have a rookie tight end, so Shepard’s use may be dictated on Evan Engram’s development this preseason.

#55 – 10.10 – Corey Coleman (23) 5’11” – 73 – 33 – 413 – 4 TD – Have you ever seen a Baylor wide receiver that could run a solid route tree? It seems like all of these Baylor wide receivers over the last 5 or 6 years have been decent athletes but none of them can put it together, except for Josh Gordon for 14 games back in 2013.  To me, the man in Cleveland is either going to be Corey Coleman or Kenny Britt, and not both.  We need to monitor who wins the QB competition in Cleveland and see who that QB favors during the preseason.  If you make the right choice, either Coleman or Britt could pay off huge dividends at their current ADPs.  No I don’t like Baylor wide receivers, but the opportunity and volume may be there for Coleman, which brings the haterade levels down a little.

#56 – 11.3 – Adam Thielen (26) 6’2″ – 92 – 69 – 967 – 5 TD – Adam Thielen fell just shy of eclipsing 1,000 yards receiving in 2016 off of only 92 targets, catching 69 of them.  Such efficiency is hard to replicate.  In 2016, Thielen was forced into action because Laquon Treadwell simply wasn’t ready and Stefon Diggs was injured.  Reports out of Minnesota are that Lequon Treadwell is starting to come around, Michael Floyd is looking great, Stefon Diggs is healthy and Kyle Rudolph is ready to repeat his breakout 2016 season.  With all of those mouths to feed in Minnesota, coupled with the conservative play of Sam Bradford, I just don’t see how Thielen is going to have the volume to be a relevant fantasy player.  Thielen should be drafted as a WR4 or WR5, but we need to monitor his snap counts through the early part of the season.  Low production coupled with high snap counts may mean a big game is coming, while a low snap count coupled with high yardage production may indicate a fluke.  Read and react with Thielen, and only draft him if he falls late enough in your draft.

#57 – 13.4 – Ted Ginn Jr. (32) 5’11” – 95 – 54 – 752 – 4 TD – Ted Ginn Jr. is a one trick pony, he’s a burner.  Think of Ted Ginn Jr. as a Devery Henderson, or a poor man’s DeSean Jackson.  There is no way you can count on Ginn for consistent production on a week to week basis, he can only be used as a bye week or injury filler.  Ginn has been listed as a starter, which is encouraging, but he is there for a reason, and that is to keep coverage away from Michael Thomas and boxes honest for AP and Mark Ingram.

#58 – 11.12 – Jordan Matthews (25) 6’3″ – 117 – 73 – 804 – 3 TD – Matthews was extremely underwhelming last year.  In 2017, I need to see him out there in the preseason before I even consider drafting him.  The writing may be on the wall that Matthews won’t be back in Philly in 2018 now that they have Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith.

#59 – 14.7 – Cole Beasley (28) 5’8″ – 98 – 75 – 833 – 5 TD – In my view, Cole Beasley is only draftable in PPR leagues.  Beasley simply doesn’t offer any touchdown or high yardage upside, and without the 70+ points added from receptions, he simply isn’t a viable option.  Beasley’s 2016 stat line is reasonable to expect for 2017 even with Dez Bryant back healthy.

#60 – NA – Nelson Agholor (24) 6’0″ – 69 – 36 – 365 – 2 TD  – Reports out of Eagles camp are that Nelson Agholor has been manning the slot and doing fairly well.  That makes sense, as Agholor has decent athletic ability and can run after the catch.  Maybe the Eagles miscast Agholor all along with the presence of Jordan Matthews.  Now that Matthews is nursing an injury, maybe it’s Nelson’s time to shine.  I am willing to take a late round flier on him with one of my last picks if I don’t get good depth at wide receiver before that.

#61 – 14.1 – Tyler Lockett (24) 5’10” – 66 – 41 – 597 – 1 TD – Tyler Lockett’s talent is legitimate, but I don’t like the fact that he’s coming off a compound fracture in his leg.  Seattle has Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham which command consistent volume, and other than that, they have a bunch of speedy guys who don’t see a lot of volume.  I just don’t see how you can trust any receiver on the Seahawks outside of Graham or Baldwin due to the low volume they will see.

#62 – 14.11 – Kenny Stills (25) 6’0″ – 81 – 42 – 726 – 9 TD – Jay Cutler has a cannon and may be able to utilize Kenny Stills better than Ryan Tannehill did.  Volume is still a concern, however.  I lump Kenny Stills into the same category as Ted Ginn Jr.  You can use Stills as a bye week or injury filler, but if you are using him for anything else you are likely to be disappointed more than not.  If Kenny Stills blows up week 1 and/or week 2, don’t bite on trade requests for him, make sure to check snap counts to see how much he is actually on the field.  We still don’t know if Stills will be on the field for 2 wide sets or only 3 wide sets.  If Stills isn’t on the field, his production will not be sustainable.  If you do have Stills and he blows up week 1 or 2, try to sell high and move him.

#63 – 14.8 – Allen Hurns (25) 6’3″ – 76 – 35 – 477 – 3 TD – Allen Hurns broke out in 2015, putting up double-digit touchdowns and going over 1,000 yards receiving, but he relied heavily on the big play to do so.  In 2016, Hurns came back down to earth, due partially to injury and partially to the fact that Blake Bortles regressed horribly with his deep ball throwing.  If Bortles looks ok in the preseason, Hurns might be a good candidate for a slight bounce back in 2017.  If you do draft Hurns, temper your expectations, think of him as a taller version of DeSean Jackson and he will live up to expectations.

#64 – 14.4 – Mohamed Sanu (27) 6’2″ – 81 – 59 – 653 – 4 TD – Mohamed Sanu is a matchup based starter.  Julio Jones is an absolute stud and will dominate targets.  Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are relevant threats out of the backfield, Taylor Gabriel is a home run waiting to happen and Austin Hooper is poised for a breakout.  The volume won’t be there, but if you pick the right week to play Sanu, you might strike gold.  The fact is that Sanu plays in a great offense with a great QB, and at a certain point in the draft you need to take chances on good  players who might not get the most volume on good offenses, not good players on bad offenses.

#65 – NA – Robby Anderson (24) 6’3″ – 78 – 42 – 587 – 2 TD – Robby Anderson doesn’t have a very big frame, he is very slight in stature, he’s fast, not the best route runner, but he does have one thing going for him, and that is opportunity.  The Jets just lost Quincy Enunwa and don’t really have anybody else to step in and fill the void.  Anderson is the most proven receiver left on the Jets roster and he may come through for you due to the fact that the Jets don’t have anybody else and somebody needs to catch the ball.  Anderson currently isn’t being drafted in most 12 team leagues, so he is essentially a free pick.  I am willing to take a flier on Robby Anderson as my final round pick.  Worst case scenario, if he doesn’t do anything, you cut him after week 2.

#66 – 14.1 – Kevin White (25) 6’3″ – 36 – 19 – 187 – 0 TD – The pedigree is there, but you need to ask yourself if you are a risk taker or more of a risk averse person.  If you are a risk taker, then pull the trigger late in your draft, at this point, Kevin White is more or less a free pick.  White has only played in 4 of a possible 32 NFL games, and is already 25 years old, meaning his ceiling in dynasty leagues is rather low, he likely is what he is at this point and isn’t likely to show much growth as a player because he is fairly old for a 3rd year player.

#67 – 14.11 – JJ Nelson (25) 5’10” – 74 – 34 – 568 – 6 TD – JJ Nelson is a bye week filler.  Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are the only receivers on the Cardinals who will offer enough target volume to justify starting on a weekly basis.  Barring injury, you simply cannot count on Nelson as a weekly starter.

#68 – 11.2 – Taylor Gabriel (26) 5’8″ – 50 – 35 – 579 – 6 TD – In 2016 Gabriel enjoyed somewhat of a breakout, scoring 6 touchdowns on only 35 catches.  You need to pump the brakes on Gabriel in 2017 because Kyle Shanahan was able to manipulate matchups in 2016, making the most out of Gabriel’s big play ability, getting him in the right spots to score.  It has yet to be seen whether Steve Sarkisian will be able to do the same, but at an early 11th round ADP, I don’t want to take that chance, especially since Gabriel will be competing with Mohamed Sanu, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and Austin Hooper for targets.

#69 – 12.11 – Zay Jones (22) 6’2″ – Rookie – Zay Jones is a Sammy Watkins hamstring pull away from getting over 125 targets in 2017.  Jones won’t get great volume as Buffalo’s #2 WR, but if Watkins goes down, Jones would likely step into that role.  Jones would be good Sammy Watkins insurance later in the draft if you aren’t able to draft a viable WR4 or WR5 sooner.

#70 – NA – Devin Funchess (23) 6’4″ – 58 – 23 – 371 – 4 TD – Reports out of Carolina have been good on the third year wide receiver.  However, Carolina is a low volume passing attack, and Funchess is, in effect, the Panthers 4th option in the passing game behind Greg Olsen, Kelvin Benjamin and the newly acquired Christian McCaffrey.  Funchess is worth nothing more than a late round flier who has added value if Benjamin goes down.

#71 – NA – Marquise Goodwin (26) 5’8″ – 68 – 29 – 431 – 3 TD – Think of Goodwin as 2017’s version of Taylor Gabriel.  Goodwin is fast, and you better believe Kyle Shanahan will figure out how to get the ball in his hands if he’s able to stay healthy.  Goodwin will be a high volume boom or bust option, but is definitely worth consideration as a late round flier especially with Shanahan calling the plays.

#72 – NA – Paul Richardson (25) 6’1″ – 36 – 21 – 288 – 1 TD – Jermaine Kearse simply isn’t that good and Tyler Lockett is coming off a compound fracture of his leg.  Paul Richardson has yet to live up to his 2nd round pedigree but 2017 is shaping up to be the year he can really take off.

#73 – NA – Marqise Lee (25) 6’0″ – 105 – 63 – 851 – 3 TD – In 2016 Blake Bortles had a lot of trouble with the deep ball.  As a result, we saw Marqise Lee have a coming out party, seeing over 100 targets.  Lee’s 2016 definitely served notice that he is a viable fantasy option, but his ceiling is somewhat limited, because if Allen Robinson and Bortles are able to regain their 2015 connection, Lee is likely to see a drop off in volume.  We need to watch Bortles’ performance this preseason to determine how good we feel about Marqise Lee and his 2017 outlook.  Personally, I am not actively looking to draft him.  Keep in mind he put up the numbers he did last year with Allen Hurns banged up most of the year, completely missing 5 games.

#74 – NA – Demarcus Robinson (22) 6’1″ – No Stats – Somebody needs to replace Jeremy Maclin on the outside and play on the other side of Tyreek Hill.  Tyreek Hill is an absolute burner, playstation-like player, but somebody needs to be the possession receiver to get consistent catches.  Chris Conley has continued to underwhelm, and Robinson is a tremendous athlete who has the potential to be a serious threat in the NFL.  His upside would be somewhat capped playing with Alex Smith, but he still makes a great late round flier.  In dynasty leagues, keep in mind that he will be playing with Patrick Mahomes in a year or two, so his dynasty appeal is intriguing.  Depending on how the draft plays out, I will be targeting Robinson with one of my later round picks.

#75 – NA – Braxton Miller (24) 6’2″ – 28 – 15 – 99 – 1 TD – Keep an eye on Miller this preseason, because we don’t know who the starting QB is going to be for the Texans on day 1.  We need to see if Deshaun Watson and/or Tom Savage rely on Miller as their safety net.  With two young QB’s in the fold in Houston who may check the ball down a lot, Miller might be a sneaky pick especially in PPR leagues.

#76 – NA – Cooper Kupp (24) 6’2″ – Rookie – Cooper Kupp might be the next Jarvis Landry, Golden Tate, Julian Edelman-like edition of PPR gold.  Kupp has looked great so far in camp and if he can retain the starting job into the regular season, he is a legitimate candidate to get over 100 targets as the Rams primary slot receiver.

#77 – NA – Tyler Boyd (22) 6’1″ – 81 – 54 – 603 – 1 TD – Andy Dalton keeps comparing Boyd to Randall Cobb, and he may have a similar skill set, but to me, Boyd will never have Cobb’s ceiling because the Bengals don’t throw the ball as often as the Packers.  In addition, the Bengals will use the tight end in the passing game which will take targets away from receivers, compared to the Packers who seemingly never use the tight end.  To me, if John Ross, Tyler Eifert and AJ Green all stay healthy, Boyd’s ceiling is 75-80 catches for 800 yards and 5 or 6 touchdowns.  Boyd will be more valuable in a PPR league than a standard league.

#78 – 12.3 – John Ross (22) 5’11” – Rookie – During the pre-draft process, Ross was being compared to Antonio Brown.  In dynasty or keeper leagues, you need to snag Ross while you can, maybe even reach a round or two ahead of his 12th round ADP, because if he shows to be more like Antonio Brown and less like DeSean Jackson, his 2018 value will skyrocket with AJ Green turning 30 before the 2018 season.  Ross has the potential to go undrafted in 2017, but drafted as high as the 3rd round in 2018 if he lives up to his billing.  Ross’ 12th round ADP is fair, but like I said, in dynasty and keeper leagues you may have to reach a little to get him.

#79 – NA – Chris Hogan (28) 6’1″ – 58 – 38 – 680 – 4 TD – I love Chris Hogan as a player, but the fact is there are simply too many mouths to feed in New England.  I am absolutely willing to take a late round flier on Hogan, but not as a fantasy starter or a flex option.  If I have Hogan on my team, he will serve as a bye week filler.  However, if the Patriots suffer injuries to the receiver position and his snap counts increase, Hogan will be a very intriguing option and a great value.

#80 – NA – Will Fuller (23) 6’0″ – 92 – 47 – 635 – 2 TD – Will Fuller is a sneaky pick in keeper leagues or dynasty leagues.  If your league has rules where you can keep a guy that you drafted in a late round at the value you picked him, then you should try to pick up Fuller while he is hurt.  For example, if you can draft Fuller in the 17th round of your draft, and then turn around and keep him in the 17th round of your 2018 draft, that may prove to be a value, especially if the Texans get their quarterback situation figured out.  Other than keeper leagues, I am not targeting Fuller at all.

#81 – NA – Malcolm Mitchell (25) 6’0″ – 48 – 32 – 401 – 4 TD – My view on Malcolm Mitchell is similar to Chris Hogan.  There’s simply too many mouths to feed, but if his snap counts go up, he will be a high upside option in a very potent offense.

#82 – NA – Torrey Smith (28) 6’0″ – 49 – 20 – 267 – 3 TD – Torrey Smith is a one trick pony who can run really fast.  Smith is like a DeSean Jackson who doesn’t go off as much.  The fact is, he is likely to start in Philly, has Carson Wentz throwing him the ball, so he has to be ranked as if he will pull down 45-50 balls for 800 yards and a couple touchdowns.  I don’t like Smith, but I might draft him in the 19th round of an extremely deep league.

#83 – NA – Brandon LaFell (30) 6’2″ – 107 – 64 – 862 – 6 TD – I don’t like LaFell at all this year.  Andy Dalton likens Tyler Boyd to Randall Cobb, an athletic play maker in the slot, which means he should see over 100 targets in the middle of the field.  Last year, LaFell saw over 100 targets and had 6 touchdowns but he put up that stat line with Tyler Eifert missing most of the season, AJ Green out 6 games and no John Ross on the roster.  Barring injury, you should stay away from Brandon LaFell.  The only person drafting Brandon LaFell this year might be his mother.

#84 – NA – Michael Floyd (27) 6’3″ – 76 – 37 – 488 – 5 TD – Michael Floyd is an extremely intriguing player for 2017.  Floyd might be the most talented receiver on the Vikings roster, but he keeps running into trouble off the field.  You have to wonder if the Vikings brought Floyd in because they have buyers remorse on Treadwell.  To me, Floyd is the Vikings receiver you want to draft, eventually the best players need to be on the field, and I cannot see him staying on the bench.  It may not happen for him right away, so you may be able to snag him off the waiver wire early in the season.

#85 – NA – Laquon Treadwell (22) 6’2″ – 3 – 1 – 15 – 0 TD – You need to monitor the preseason before selecting Treadwell even in dynasty leagues.  We need to see what he does in the preseason to determine if he will be a complete bust.  If he shows signs of life, then he will be worth a pick in dynasty leagues.  As far as value in redraft leagues, he needs to compete with Kyle Rudolph, Michael Floyd, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for targets which isn’t an ideal situation for 2017.

#86 – NA – Mike Williams (22) 6’4″ – Rookie – Williams is a great dynasty pick, especially with Keenan Allen’s injury history, but he simply cannot be trusted in redraft leagues because of his back problems.

#87 – NA – Justin Hunter (26) 6’4″ – 24 – 10 – 189 – 4 TDAs I mentioned in my free agent wide receivers piece, Justin Hunter will be playing the 2017 season with the best QB he’s ever had the privilege of playing with.  This is a make or break year for Hunter, and reports out of Pittsburgh have been bright.  Hunter is worth nothing more than a late round flier, however, as he likely won’t get an opportunity unless the Steelers have an injury at the wide receiver position.

#88 – NA – Dontrelle Inman (28) 6’3″ – 97 – 58 – 810 – 4 TD – Inman is a big target, but he simply isn’t that great of an athlete.  Inman’s 2016 season was his ceiling, and I am not likely to draft him at all, not even as a flier or handcuff to Keenan Allen, because I think I can get similar production out of a high upside player.

#89 – NA – Markus Wheaton (26) 6’0″ – 9 – 4 – 51 – 1 TD – Initial reports are that Kevin White, Cameron Meredith and Victor Cruz are the starting receivers in Chicago.  I understand Markus Wheaton was never peppered with targets in Pittsburgh and he was supposed to get a fresh start in Chicago, but I just don’t see how he is going to get any volume with the “deep threat” role he is set to play.  Beware, because even if Wheaton blows up week 1, you can’t overreact to it, you need to pay attention to the snap counts.

#90 – NA – Anquan Boldin (36) 6’1″ – 95 – 67 – 584 – 8 TD – Anquan put up the stats he did in Detroit last year in one of the most pass happy offenses in the league.  At 36 years old, averaging less than 10 yards per catch, Boldin simply won’t offer any worth while production in Buffalo because they do not throw the ball as much as Detroit.  At this point in his career, Boldin is a big body who knows how to get open in the endzone, but is nothing more than a possession receiver who won’t see volume.  Boldin can, however, still run block very well.  Maybe the Bills signed him to flatten opposing defensive backs as a blocking specialist.  We shall see.

#91 – NA – Terrance Williams (27) 6’3″ – 61 – 44 – 594 – 4 TD – Terrance Williams has had more than enough opportunities to prove himself as a #1 receiver over the last few years as Dez Bryant missed several games due to injury.  Terrance Williams took the opportunity and showed us all that he is nothing more than a complimentary piece on the outside.  Williams will never offer sustainable production which would warrant him anything higher than a WR5.

#92 – NA – Kenny Golladay (23) 6’4″ – Rookie – Golden Tate can play both outside and the slot.  When the Lions go 3 wide, it will be interesting to see if Golladay is that third receiver.  If the Lions do indeed put Golladay on the outside and Tate in the slot in 3 wide sets, then Golladay may have limited fantasy value.  Stay tuned throughout the preseason to monitor his usage.

#93 – NA – Chad Williams (22) 6’2″ – Rookie – The Cardinals don’t have any big possession receivers other than Larry Fitzgerald.  Other than Fitzgerald and Williams, the Cardinals only have undersized burners who all seem to have injury issues.  It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals opt to go with a bigger bodied Williams with Fitzgerald and John Brown instead of JJ Nelson or Juron Brown.  Williams is a very intriguing pick in dynasty and keeper leagues because Larry Fitzgerald can’t play forever.

Big Rigg Wrap Up

The receivers we just went over likely won’t see a lot of volume this season.  However, you really need to monitor snap counts early in the season, because many of the aforementioned players could be one injury away from being a WR2 and potential league winner for you.  If a certain player is putting up stat lines early in the season that seem too good to be true and unsustainable, then you should look into the snap counts to determine how to proceed with that player.  There is nothing wrong with selling high on a player who is performing well if the snap counts and routes run don’t match up with the production.  At the end of the day, if you have trouble picking between similarly situated wide receivers in your draft, take the player on the better offense.

 

 

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  1. Joe Iannone

    August 12, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I’ll have a Funchess and Ginn please. I had to laugh at one response I saw tonight. All I thought of was a Funchess and Ginn cocktail. I had a beer instead. Great read man. I’m in a rinky-dink ESPN League, and even though i have no idea what I am doing the articles like this one that you guys write are all I need. Last year I was a game shy of the playoffs after a couple years of throwing darts. Maybe Corey will let me play with the big boys someday, lol.

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