Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Wide Receiver Value Picks
Taking a Look at Some of the Undervalued Players at Wide Receiver
August 26, 2014
This week, as the fantasy football draft season begins to wind down toward the inevitable climax that is the beginning of the 2014 NFL campaign, we’re taking a look at some potential breakout pickups on a position-by-position basis.
Today it’s time to check out some value picks at the wide receiver slot. WR is always a dicey proposition from year to year, so any semblance of value will be met with lots of interest. Here are a few guys who could provide some nice returns on your fantasy investment in this year’s draft; Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: With every passing day, it seems like Sanders is gaining a little more luster in fantasy. Now that Eric Decker has gone to Gang-Greener pastures in New York, and Wes Welker has sustained yet another concussion, Peyton Manning is quickly running out of receiving options in the Mile-High City.
Sanders torched the Texans in the first half of their preseason game this past weekend, and figures to be a featured player in an offense that’s on one of the biggest stages in the NFL. Last year in Pittsburgh, he put up 67 grabs for 740 yards and six touchdowns; This season he’s got a legitimate shot to equal those stats. If you can find him in the early-to-mid-20s among wide receivers, consider yourself lucky.
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Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Now that he’s playing up in Detroit, Tate’s fantasy prospects are shining brighter than ever. As a Seahawk, he had to struggle to rise above the run-first (and second, and third) offense, and still managed to post solid numbers.
This year with the Lions, Tate figures to add another dimension to an already excellent passing game. Many are pegging him as the new partner-in-crime with superstar Calvin Johnson, and the two should combine for some of the best WR numbers as a duo in the league.
There’s not much to dislike in Tate, especially if you can get him in the early-20s. He’ll outperform his draft stock from there, that’s for sure.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: There aren’t usually too many No. 1 receivers down near the high-20s or early-30s in a fantasy draft--at least none worth getting your hopes up over. That said, Wallace stands out among those in that range, as he’s in line for a breakout season.
The Dolphins struggled with the deep ball all last year, and have been working tirelessly this off-season to remedy that. They’ll be out to show that they’ve got things figured out, which means plenty of big-play strikes downfield.
Look for Wallace around the No. 30 mark, and don’t pass him up if you find him.
Reuben Randle, WR, New York Giants: A little further down (in the high-30s or so among wide receivers), we have Randle. Though the Giants offense has struggled at times this season, there have also been a few glimmers of hope. Most of those have centered around Randle, who managed a couple of nice grabs in the Snoopy Bowl late last week.
He posted two grabs for 41 yards and a touchdown in that one, which is an encouraging indication that he’s getting on the same page with QB Eli Manning.
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