We’ve given you both our overvalued and undervalued running backs. Now it’s time to move on to the wide receiver position. This is a group I’m excited about because I think there are a ton of young receivers waiting to bust out for some monster years, including the Falcons own Calvin Ridley.
Antonio Brown going as the ninth or tenth wide receiver in a PPR is crazy to me. I understand all the hoopla around the helmet situation is a major turn off to any football fan, but he’s been pretty consistent in the fact that he doesn’t plan to miss any actual games. You have to go back to 2012 – when Calvin Johnson was still in the league – to find a season where AB did not finish in the top five at his position in a PPR league. He’s led wide receivers in points four times since 2013. Sure, I’ll knock him a tad since Brown’s on the Raiders, and his QB is now Derek Carr instead of Ben Roethlisberger, but down to ten? No way. He’ll be on several of my teams.
Sell me all of your Tyler Boyd stock. A.J Green is already injured and based off his recent track record; there’s a good chance he suffers another one once he returns. Because of that, Tyler Boyd has slowly emerged as Andy Dalton’s favorite target. He busted out for a top-20 season last year and is currently being drafted around WR23. I think he’s a lock to finish in the top-15 if he stays healthy.
I love Calvin Ridley, and several players are being drafted in front of him that should not be, in my opinion. But because of all the weapons in the Atlanta offense, I can understand why he’s being picked as a high-end flex option rather than a WR2. Williams is being selected in the same area as Ridley, and I think he is poised to smash expectations. I still remember his performance in the National Championship Game three years ago like it was yesterday. At that time, the guy had some of the best ball skills in the world, and they have only improved. Watch out for the Phillip Rivers/Mike Williams connection this year. I think he will easily finish as a WR2 and has WR1 potential in Non-PPR leagues (for those dinosaurs out there). Big Mike Williams guy here.
Anderson was a receiver I was high on last year after he had a bit of a breakout 2017. However, with a rookie quarterback, it took too long for him get going, which resulted in him finishing 39th among wide receivers behind Jordy Nelson. Yikes. However, at the end of the year, Anderson and Darnold found their stride, and he was a top-ten wide receiver from week 13 on. I think with Darnold having more experience and Adam Gase calling plays, Anderson could be a WR2 that is currently being taken as a low-end flex option in ten team leagues.
I’m going to go inside the division for my final undervalued wide receiver. Curtis Samuel was a former second-round pick that finally started to develop a role with the Panthers in the second half of last year. Injuries plagued him as a rookie and a heart procedure to begin his sophomore campaign may have prevented him from establishing himself earlier in the season. Samuel is still only 23 years old and is the best player on the Panthers in terms of creating separation. He also can be used as a weapon on the ground as can be seen from his 84 yards rushing and two touchdowns from last season. This is a guy you can snag late in your draft that I believe has WR2 upside in a PPR if things go right.