Fantasy Football Draft 2016: Wide Receiver (WR) Sleeper Picks
WR Sleepers for the 2016 Fantasy Football Draft
August 17, 2016
This week, we’ve been going over some of the notable sleeper options out there in the 2016 fantasy football draft world. Today it’s time to check out the wide receiver position, and there’s definitely plenty to choose from here. Let’s take a look at a few of the trending low-end picks and see who you might want to scoop up when you’re on the clock.
DaVante Parker, Miami Dolphins: Parker is coming into this season with a lot of potential in tow. As part of the Adam Gase effect down in Miami, he and the rest of the Dolphins offense are expected to take a flying leap forward in the stat columns this season.
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Parker is likely to translate to a Demaryius Thomas-type player if all goes as planned for the Dolphins. That’s quite a hefty comparison, but he’s worth the gamble if it pays off.
Richard Matthews, Tennessee Titans: The Titans are supposed to be a running team this year, and that’s scaring some people off of Matthews’ stock. Still, there’s a lot to like in the youngster from Tennessee.
Matthews will get a little more focused this year as opposed to 2015 in Miami, and that should translate to a healthy chemistry with young QB Marcus Mariota. We should expect him to see a healthy amount of targets each game and maybe break a couple for some big gainers.
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings: You should be able to get Diggs outside the top 100 or so in your draft this year, and that’s a good place to find some talent. After missing some time last year at the beginning of the season, he showed what he could do with a torrid month that featured two 100-yard outings.
Diggs didn’t maintain that kind of production through the entire year of course, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving him a try this season. Minnesota has tinkered with their passing-game setup a bit coming into 2016 and should have a little better balance this time around, which will buoy Diggs’ value.
Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers: Smith is a familiar name that you probably won’t mind taking when he comes up around the No. 100 mark in your draft. Sure, he’s coming out of a complete funk in San Francisco, but pure name-recognition alone will carry him here.
Smith will benefit from the arrival of the Chip Kelly up-tempo era, and will serve as a nice and reliable set piece in that scheme. Look for him to emerge with lots of targets right out of the gate.
Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens: With a banged-up Steve Smith coming back to the team, it’s hard telling where Aiken will fit in the WR hierarchy in Baltimore. That said, there’s a lot to like about the fantasy possibilities a late-round flier will get you here.
Aiken will play counterpart to Mike Wallace’s deep threats, so a healthy amount of targets on a game-to-game basis isn’t a crazy thought. We’re also looking at what might be a pass-first team here, as their backfield is something of a conundrum.
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