Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Wide Receiver (WR) Value Picks
Taking a Look at the Undervalued WRs in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
September 3, 2015
This week, we’ve been checking out the 2015 fantasy football draft from yet another angle and visiting with some of the undervalued players at each position. Though some of these guys aren’t outright “sleepers,” they should provide plenty of statistical bang for your draft buck.
Today it’s time for wide receivers, which is a very fertile position this year. Let’s look at a few potential draft steals you can get on the cheap.
Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta Falcons: Lots of people are digging Hankerson this season, and betting on him breaking out with his new team down in Atlanta. You can count us among those who think he’ll have a solid year.
Hankerson is still behind both Roddy White and Julio Jones on the depth chart, but with the injury issues they’ve had recently--not to mention all those balls flying around in Atlanta--we see plenty of potential here.
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Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans: After a disappointing 2014, many people are expecting Wright to pick it up this year. He’s got a new QB in town, and another year under his belt adjusting to the offense in Tennessee.
Wright is a popular selection as a high-end bench or flex option, but could put up starter numbers consistently. If he can get those routes down and develop some early chemistry with his new QB, we could be looking at 75 catches and 900-plus yards with a half-dozen scores again.
Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears: Royal has his situation mapped out for success in Chicago. There’s no reason he can’t be the go-to guy behind Alshon Jeffery, thanks to the Kevin White injury and the Brandon Marshall trade. Hey, someone’s got to catch passes.
The real problem with Royal is consistency, but if he can maintain production on a weekly basis he’s a must-have guy and possible flex option in fantasy. Not bad for a late-round pick.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints: The proverbial stage is set for Cooks to have a breakout fantasy season in 2015, and a lot of owners are beginning to pick up on that. The second-year receiver is heading into a year where he could top 100 catches with 1200 yards and a half-dozen scores as Drew Brees’ top target.
With Jimmy Graham gone, Cooks is now the go-to guy for the Saints, and he’ll likely even showcase his explosiveness on a handful of gadget rushing plays as well. If he’s there in the 30s at your draft, bag him immediately.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Speaking of must-have WR names in the 30s, Evans is another in that area. He logged 68 catches last season for 1051 yards and a whopping 12 scores in 15 games. He could easily surpass those numbers this year.
With a hotshot rookie QB in the mix, Evans has the potential to develop some quick chemistry and start paying off handily. We wouldn’t be surprised to see 80-plus grabs for 1200 yards and double-digit scores.
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