Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Targets, ADP Sleepers

25 Jul 2018 - 11:08pm | DFS_Tom | Updated: 28 Jul 2018 - 10:38am | Likes: 4 Like 
Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Targets, ADP Sleepers

With NFL season quickly approaching, we are going to be taking a look at several different areas of the fantasy game. I’ve already gone over some defense, now, let’s switch our focus to offense, specifically, wide receivers. In PPR leagues, wide receivers are becoming increasingly important, since they can often match or exceed the scoring of running backs with a big week. I’ll be taking a look at several wideouts who have and ADP at 100 or higher. We want players who are going deeper in drafts, which is where you will find some depth for your roster. They are in no particular order simply a few that stand out currently.

·         Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers

Goodwin has an ADP sitting at 101 right now, which means he is being taken somewhere around the eighth round in 12 team leagues. According to projections, he has the 12th easiest schedule for wide receivers this season, which should be an encouraging sign. Another sign which should be encouraging is the fact that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback this season. This is a vast improvement of their situation last season, which we got a glimpse of last season. Jimmy G started the final five games of the season for the 49ers and in those games, Goodwin finished with six or more targets four times, with 99 or more yards three times and one touchdown. That is a small sample size but should point very positively to the future. Buy in now.

·         Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders

Nelson is with the Raiders this season and will likely provide a bit of stability when it comes to their passing game. He has an ADP of 104 right now and is coming off one of the worst years of his career. He finished with under 500 yards and only six touchdowns. Those were his worst numbers since 2009 when he wasn’t even a starter yet. Prior to last season, he has three straight seasons of 1,200 yards or more with two seasons at 13 touchdowns or more. Now, we likely won’t see that level of production again, but his PPR value and safety to a quarterback like Derek Carr should provide to be huge. The Raiders suffered from too many dropped passes last season, which is where Nelson should provide some stability.

·         Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills

Benjamin is a bit of a wild card to me this season, but certainly presents plenty of upsides. Long story short about him this season, the Bills have no other good receivers and he should be “the guy” in the passing game. Zay Jones and Andre Holmes aren’t that big of threats, so we should see a large portion of the targets go to Benjamin. He has an ADP of 120 right now and will have the eighth-easiest schedule for wide receivers. The worry with Benjamin comes from the fact the Bills have three quarterbacks and no true starter. Also, the Bills probably won’t be very good at all, so their overall offensive production will be limited, thus hurting the potential production for Benjamin.

·         Allen Hurns, Dallas Cowboys

Hurns is another receiver I’m perplexed by this season and you should proceed with caution while drafting him. Similar to Benjamin, Hurns is simply “the best” receiver on the Cowboys. Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley are the other receivers, both of which haven’t truly shown anything of value in past years. Dallas went out and signed Hurns in the offseason, so you have to think they are going to do what they can to get him the ball. After all, he had one season over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns. If they are going to be feeding him the ball, then he will certainly have massive PPR value. We know they are a run-heavy offense, but when they do pass, it should be centered on Hurns.

·         Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

Stills has always been a downfield threat, ending each of the last four seasons with average yards per reception at 14.6 or higher. He should see some more opportunities this season with Jarvis Landry now in Cleveland, giving him more room in the offense. They still have Devante Parker at receiver, along with adding Danny Amendola this offseason, rounding out a decent passing attack. Stills has played 15 or more games in every one of his five NFL seasons, so he hasn’t shown to be an injury risk at all. He has also finished with 81 or more targets in three of the last four seasons while adding six or more touchdowns in two straight years.

·         DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers

Moore might be the riskiest option on this list, simply for the fact, he is a rookie and generally, rookie wide receivers take longer to adjust to the league compared to other offensive positions. If you don’t know much about Moore let me put it like this, he is a physical freak. He grades out higher on the Nike Sparq scored compared to Odell Beckham Jr, Brandin Cooks, and Davante Adams. That is some pretty good company to be listed with, especially since he was a first-round pick. He should be playing out of the slot since Torrey Smith and Devin Funchess will be on the outside. I’m very excited about his potential in this league and with his ADP being 118 right now, you should be able to pick him up in most drafts.

·         Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

Last season we really didn’t get to see a real season from Williams since he was so injured. He only nine games last season, where he had only 11 total receptions for a total of 95 yards. Those are some rough numbers to look at, but you should be excited about the future considering the type of player he was at Clemson. He has a bit of a tougher schedule for wide receivers, 29th, but the Chargers offense should be one of the better ones this season. Keenan Allen is the focus of the passing game, Tyrell Williams is a deep threat, which should open plenty of space for Williams. He has an ADP of 147, which should make a 12th round pick, meaning you can take a solid risk on him after filling out the rest of your lineup.

·         Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins

Doctson was a former first-round pick, who had an injury-filled first year, and a very average second year. Last season he finished with 35 receptions for 502 yards and six touchdowns. In the last two games of the season, he had 13 and 10 targets, which should be an encouraging sign of how he will be used in the offense. He does have to adjust to a new quarterback, but Alex Smith showed last season he still has what it takes to be a solid fantasy quarterback. Doctson is one of the top two receivers for the Redskins, so he should be in spot to see plenty of targets. This is a kind of player many people are saying is primed to take the next step. He has the athleticism to be a top receiver, he just needs to put it together for a full season.  

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