Now we get to wide receivers. This can be a tough position to get right year in and year out. It’s probably best to look for guys on a pass happy team, but also a guy who is the main focuses of that pass attack. Studying the trends from around the last 6-8 games of last season will help to select a good up and coming WR, but training camp battles can also shed some light on the matter. Though all these things help it often times comes down to your own thoughts and that “gut” feeling you have on a guy.
An approach I like, is to flag a guy who is not likely to go in the draft and flag him. Then watch in the opening few games and if he continues to show that potential snag that player off of waivers before someone wises up to the player. Case in point is last year’s divas and now top 10 picks of this year Miles Austin and Sidney Rice, of whom many hail as the pickups that won their league for them last season. Such is the case during each season, that the playoffs can be won through good pickups and there is always a player that nobody drafted that makes the difference in a fantasy year.
Most veterans and fantasy magazines will tell you in no particular order that Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Roddy White, Miles Austin, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Wayne, DeSean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Sidney Rice will be the top 10 receivers taken. None are a bad pick and each will probably live up to expectations. Here are some WRs to look at either late in the draft of players to flag as possible pickups during the season.
Malcom Floyd – The Chargers and Vincent Jackson aren’t seeing eye to eye and there is a good chance that Jackson will be traded or worse he could sit out the season leaving Floyd the starter. Floyd is every bit of 6 foot 5 and though he doesn’t have the speed Jackson does, he does, however, have great jumping abilities making him a great red zone threat. He needs some work but has shown great potential on deep routes and out patterns. Floyd has a good chance to solidify himself as a go to player during Jackson’s suspension and if Jackson is traded would be the number one receiver in a powerful offense.
Johnny Knox – Mike Martz is a pass happy coach and Johnny Knox was a presence on a Bears team that is trying to force Devin Hester into a number one receiving role. Knox has great speed, hand, and could be the best receiver that the Bears have this season. It is hard to tell whether or not Mike Martz’s system will work though, as it hasn’t anywhere he’s been since St. Louis. Cutler seemed to have a little more trust in Knox last season so he may the best bet on the team.
Devin Thomas – Thomas showed a few flashes last year of being a great fantasy receiver. With a possible suspension coming to Santana Moss and new QB Donovan McNabb, Thomas could be in line for a big increase in production. He has good size and speed and looks to be a good fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. There’s potential there.
Louis Murphy – With the departure of JaMarcus Russell, Oakland has a chance to have fantasy relevant players again and Louis Murphy could be a player to benefit. Though he is slotted as the 3rd receiver, Murphy is behind Darius Hayway-Bay, clearly not a starter, and Chaz Schilens, who is coming off of foot surgery in the offseason, and this could lead to an increase in playing time. Murphy has good speed and good hands and will be the deep threat in a team that will go vertical like Al Davis likes. Probably not a draftable guy depending on the bench size in your league, but may be a good waiver pickup.
Julian Edelman – A poor man’s Wes Welker as he has been described. Edelman showed that he could fill in for Welker when he had the opportunity last season. With Welker coming off of an ACL injury and coming back as soon as he is, there is a good chance he will not be at full strength or worse could injury himself further. If that were the case Edelman would be money, especially in a PPR league.
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.