Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Wide Receiver (WR) Busts
Taking a Look at the Potential Busts at WR in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
August 29, 2015
This week, we’ve been analyzing the 2015 fantasy football draft from the pessimistic angle, and taking a position-by-position look at potential draft busts. Today it’s time to check out the wide receiver position.
WR is a pretty deep spot this year, so you’ll want to be relatively careful with your top picks. Let’s visit a few names who could end up as complete flops by season’s end.
Brandon Marshall, New York Jets: Even though the name Brandon Marshall carries with it some fantasy intrigue, his new uniform does not. We all know better than to trust anything other than a low-end RB on the Jets offense in fantasy, so Marshall shouldn’t really be on your radar as much more than a bench fill-in. If you can get him as a low flex or WR3, go for it--just don’t overvalue anything here.
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Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs: Maclin was a dynamic, big-play guy in Philadelphia, and he’ll be taking on a different role in a different offense in Kansas City. With the efficient and unremarkable Alex Smith under center, expect Maclin and the entire Chiefs offense to produce stunted passing statistics that do little more than complement their running game.
Maclin’s routes will be hovering more around the first-down marker than he will downfield this season.
Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers: Smith is a popular pick as a potential bust, and it’s not too hard to see why. Sure, he’s coming off an 11-touchdown season in 2014, but his presence will be quite muted in San Francisco.
Smith’s role will shift to a situational weapon with the Niners, so you can expect his targets to go down again. He may not even make it to 40 catches, which makes him PPR poison. There are plenty of better options out there at his draft level.
Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos: Another popular bust pick is Sanders, who should see a sharp decline in production this year. Peyton and company will be switching to a run-heavy, “protect-our-aging-QB” offense, and it’ll be a far cry from ye olde Broncos offense of two years ago.
Sanders will be a victim of this conservative approach and won’t get enough balls thrown his way to make many waves in fantasy.
Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts: Johnson is moving to one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL this year, which is cause for optimism. That said, he’s going to be sharing the targets with no less than six other legitimate playmakers in the lineup, and he could get lost in the shuffle pretty easily.
What’s more, Johnson is now 34 years old and hasn’t scored more than five touchdowns in a season since 2010.
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