Having dominant wide receivers on your fantasy team when you leave your draft always puts a smile on your face. If you go into your draft with the mindset being that you are looking for stud WR’s, that usually comes at the expense of other positions. I have seen this strategy work many times, but have also seen it executed poorly. Draft value should come into play for every draft no matter what your actual strategy may be. As far as receivers go, there are some WR duos with a significant difference in average draft position between the two. Targeting the latter may be the better value, and may end up being the steal of the draft.
All Average Draft Positions are from FantasyPros.com Standard league ADP
Terrelle Pryor ADP 37.7 vs. Jamison Crowder ADP 75.0, Washington Redskins
We have all seen the rise of Terrelle Pryor this offseason. He has certainly climbed up my rankings for many reasons. I have seen him taken in the middle of the 3rd round and I believe thats where he will be by the time draft season ends. So your investing a lot in Pryor if you want him on your roster. His ceiling is through the roof (not to quote MJ) and showing he can do it from a Cody Kessler led offense gives fantasy owners all they need to take the quarterback turned wide receiver in the 3rd round. I am targeting Pryor as a very high end WR2.
Unlike Pryor, Jamison Crowder is somewhat being overlooked in drafts. With the loss of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, not all of those lost targets can’t go to Pryor. The “number 2” receiver for a pass heavy offense, Crowder has shown the ability to find the end zone with 7 touchdowns in his sophomore year. Even as a slot receiver he possessed big play ability, averaging 12.6 yards per catch. Crowder’s current ADP has him going almost 40 spots behind Pryor. I love Crowder as a number 3 receiver especially in PPR leagues. Grabbing him at 75 overall may have him as your number 4 receiver in some leagues. With WR2 upside, that’s great value.
Keenan Allen ADP 45.0 vs. Tyrell Williams ADP 129.7, Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen’s potential is a top 10 receiver. But at what point do all these injuries effect that potential? It all depends on the type of fantasy player you are. I love the talent with Allen, and most of his injuries have been bad luck, but some owners want players that don’t have a list of season ending injuries in their career. I am guilty of drafting the chargers number 1 receiver at his current ADP. I love the potential you get with him as your 2nd and sometimes 3rd wide receiver.
As far as value goes, Tyrell Williams is one of the more undervalued players in every draft. According to FantasyPros ADP, he is the WR47 and going in the 11th round. I get it, Keenan Allen was out all season and now he’s back, but to grab a guy who totaled 1,059 yards and 7 touchdowns last season in the 11th round seems like a no brainer. Rookie Mike Williams coming in definitely hurt him, but its looking like a lost season for the rookie. It is hard to envision Tyrell Williams not being a big part of the passing game success for Phillip Rivers. Not only does he provide good standalone value, but he is also a great insurance policy as a late round guy you can plug in week to week.
Demaryius Thomas ADP 33.7 vs. Emmanuel Sanders ADP 70.0, Denver Broncos
Receiver A had 90 catches for 1,083 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2016. Receiver B had 79 catches for 1,032 yards and 5 touchdowns. Receiver A you have to grab in the 3rd round. Receiver B you can get in the 6th. Receiver A is Demaryius Thomas. Receiver B is Emmanuel Sanders. No I’m not telling you to draft Emmanuel Sanders in the 3rd round, but the value is clearly there for the proven receiver looking for his 4th straight 1,000 yard season. I am expecting a big year from both the Broncos receivers. While
their quarterback situation may be alarming to most fantasy players, both QBs were actually capable of getting these stud receivers the football. If the offense gets back to what worked for them a couple years ago, you will see more quick passes to both of these big play capable WRs which will open up the deep ball. Regardless of who is at quarterback for Denver, the offense will play to their strengths. Their strengths are Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Jarvis Landry ADP 45.3 vs. DeVante Parker ADP 115.0, Miami Dolphins
Although those ADPs are for standard leagues, Jarvis Landry is always a safe guy in PPR leagues. You always feel good about Landry as your WR2, knowing he has a nice floor that will never kill your team but the touchdown upside just isn’t there. The lack of touchdowns is the reason he is a 4th round pick. If he had a safe PPR floor and touchdown upside he would easily be a second round pick.
I know I know, Devante Parker breakout potential talks are getting old. But people wouldn’t be talking about Parker if he didn’t possess all the skills to be a good receiver in this league. Only getting better with experience, I would rather be early on a guy with this much upside than late. With Parker going 115th overall, there is very few with as much upside as the 3rd year receiver. You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain with him as your WR4.
As stated before, this doesn’t mean to go reach for these players in your draft. The draft position value is what makes them good picks where your getting them. Getting a wide receiver in a double digit round or close to it that ends up turning into a WR2 may be exactly what you need to win a fantasy championship.