Monday, July 28, 2014

Fantasy Football WRs to Target Late In Drafts

The end of a draft can be just as important as the beginning.  Last season, in our 12 team league, Josh Gordon & T.Y. Hilton were drafted in the 8th round, Michael Floyd in the 9th and Alshon Jeffery was the 1st pick in the 12th round!  It only takes one play (or injury) to turn into a fantasy football stud, and these WRs have that potential in 2014.



Averaging projections from Fantasy ProsFFToolbox, Yahoo and ESPN, these were the 7 WRs projected to earn at least 100 fantasy points and being drafted in the 10th round or later.


PlayerRecYardTDPPR
Points
Non-PPRRound
Dwayne Bowe6988251107610
Cecil Shorts6992351107510
James Jones6383051037214
Brian Hartline6992141036916
Riley Cooper5177561017511
Rueben Randle5781751007210
Marvin Jones5674861007212

Bowe hasn't caught 60 passes and has just 8 touchdowns since the 2011 season.  However, he caught 3 of his TDs late in the season, and caught 31 (59 targets) of his 57 receptions in the Chiefs final 7 weeks.

Jones had to leave Aaron Rodgers to become the Raiders and Matt Schaub's #1 target, but we saw what he could do in 2012 when he caught 14 TDs.  He averages 14 yards per reception for his career.

Randle just had to wait for his opportunity with Eli Manning and the Giants and should succeed in the new, more simple, offense.  He caught a pass for 20+ yards in 9 games last season.

Check out our write-up on Hartline from last season.

Scoring:

  • 20 yards = 1 point
  • Reception = .5 point
  • Touchdown = 6 points

Deeper Leagues


PlayerRecYardTDPPR
Points
Non-PPRRound
Kenny Stills507766977212
DeAndre Hopkins567865966711
Anquan Boldin587735956612
Greg Jennings627574946315
Tavon Austin627214936211
Jarrett Boykin537085936613
Harry Douglas617514905919
Steve Smith547064876114
Aaron Dobson486804856114
Justin Hunter416655846314
Hakeem Nicks456585836011
Robert Woods496904825719
Doug Baldwin476394815818
Andrew Hawkins576423805116
Markus Wheaton395554705015

Dobson and Hunter are in for breakout seasons with the Patriots and Titans.  Sure Aaron "Dropson" earned a bad rep early in the season, but Tom Brady found him behind coverage very often, which is why he saw 10+ targets in 3 of the Pats first 5 games.  I like him more in Non-PPR leagues, but would gamble on him in deeper PPR leagues.

Hunter exploded for two 100 yard games over 3 weeks towards the end of last season, before missing the Titans final two contests.  He will have to battle Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Delanie Walker for targets, and will be catching passes from Jake Locker, but he could explode on any given Sunday and come BYE weeks, he will make a nice fill in player.

Wheaton may only be projecting 70 PPR points, but this little WR could make big waves in fantasy football this season.  With such little competition in Pittsburgh, now that Emmanuel Sanders is a Bronco, Wheaton just needs to stay ahead of injury prone Lance Moore on the depth chart to stay on the field.  He was targeted just 10 times in his rookie campaign, catching 6 passes from Ben Roethlisberger for 64 over 2 games in the middle of the season.

Late Round Rookie Receivers


RookiesRecYardTDPPR
Points
Non-PPRRound
Kelvin Benjamin547535946713
Mike Evans507345936812


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Be sure to check out our 5 favorite backup RBs in 2014

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