4 WR's To Target In The Late Rounds


The RotoExperts discuss the emergence of Mike Wallace in Baltimore last season and whether or not he can build off his 2016 success now that Jeremy Maclin has been added to the roster. (Mike Wallace chatter at 6:10).

Every year, the wide receivers I have stored on my bench are key components of my team. Whether that's filling in for a starter who isn't playing, becoming a key trade asset, or even overtaking my original starters, my bench WR's are a bunch that I know I need to nail during my draft. Here are a few names I'll be targeting in 2017.

Mike Wallace (WR49/11.04/127) - In 2016, Dennis Pitta, Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, and Kyle Juszczyk totaled 315 targets. They gone. Baltimore added Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead, but they obviously will not take up all of those targets. That leaves more targets for Mike Wallace, who has already been a top-30 WR every year in his career, not including a 2015 season riddled with injuries. Wallace is well worth his current ADP of WR49.  Let other owners grab Maclin 3 rounds before you select Wallace.

John Ross (WR53/12.01/138) - Time to go way down the charts for this one. If you're really diving deep into the ranks, a guy I love is Bengals rookie WR John Ross. He's essentially going undrafted heading into 2017. That baffles me. Why would the Bengals waste a top 10 pick on Ross if they had no intention of using him? Ross's other competition for looks at the WR2 spot is Brandon LaFell, who is aging fast. Ross will clearly get the looks. With the fastest 40-yard dash time ever, he'll stretch the field well and give Andy Dalton yet another weapon to look for. Last year, LaFell saw a whopping 107 targets (A.J. Green injury made that happen). If Ross got that many looks, look out. While Ross probably won't end up being a fantasy starter, he has legitimate top 20 upside and is an absolute steal at WR51.



Taylor Gabriel (WR58/13.06/155) - If you're looking for upside, you've got it in Taylor Gabriel. From Week 8 through week 15, Gabriel was a top 10-15 WR depending on scoring. He was seventh in total yards per reception in 2016, and had more fantasy points per target than Antonio Brown. He had a 17% touchdown rate when he caught the ball. He's currently going off the board at WR58, yet finished as WR48 last year despite only seeing consistent looks for half a season. Gabriel is the perfect player to have stored on your bench as a bye week filler with that home run potential.

Allen Hurns (WR73/14.11/210) - If you drafted solid WR's and are willing to take a risk, draft Jaguars WR Allen Hurns. Currently going at the WR73 spot, Hurns finished as WR14 in 2015, and then fell all the way to WR74 in 2016. A hamstring injury kept him sidelined all December. In 2015, the Jaguars posted unpredictably high fantasy numbers, and then posted unpredictably low fantasy numbers in 2016. This solely relies on Blake Bortles. During the second half of the season Bortles posted slightly better numbers, most likely because Jacksonville cleaned house within the coaching staff. With Leonard Fournette added to the offense, some believe this gives Jacksonville offensive balance, and the pass game could possibly return to its 2015 form. There are also those who believe that Bortles is a lost cause, and the offense will post similar numbers to its 2016 form. Hurns definitely owns the upside to be a top 36 WR. He's got some games where he could ball out, including games against the Jets, the Browns, the Rams, and the 49ers.

Other names to consider: Quincy Enunwa, Corey Coleman, Ted Ginn

Fantasy Football WRs to Target Late in Drafts