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Fantasy Football Draft 2017: Wide Receiver (WR) Sleepers

The Top WR Sleeper Picks in the 2017 Fantasy Football Draft

August 31, 2017

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The 2017 fantasy football season is upon us, and drafts are in full swing everywhere. Today we’re helping the cause by checking out a few sleeper options at the wide receiver position. Whether they’re on your bench or in a starting spot, these WRs could potentially boost your fantasy team over the top this year. 

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins: Unlike in most years recently (and despite the injury issues), there’s plenty of healthy fantasy buzz coming from Miami right now. Parker is in among that group alongside Jay Ajayi in the backfield. 

Fantasy Football Draft 2017: Wide Receiver (WR) Sleepers

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Though the Dolphins face some questions with Jay Cutler under center now, Parker could benefit as a deep-ball target, and we all know how Cutler likes to chuck the ball downfield. There’s some solid value here. 

Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans: The Titans are another team that’s generating some healthy fantasy buzz heading into the 2017 season. With Eric Decker and Corey Davis alongside Matthews, Tennessee now has a legitimate receiving corps. 

Of those three, Matthews seems to have the most upside, as Davis is coming in cold as a rookie and Decker simply can’t stay healthy. We could get double-digit TDs from Matthews this year. 

Brandon Marshall, New York Giants: Marshall is flying under the radar in drafts a bit this year, even though he’s got a good situation going with the Giants. With a talented QB in Eli Manning and a talented offense, he could slot right in and post some nice stats. 

Marshall jumped right into the fray in his first years with the Bears and the Jets, so the learning curve shouldn’t be too bad here, either. He’s got the potential to be a top-20 wide receiver in 2017. 

Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryant shows up on a lot of sleeper lists, simply because his ceiling is so high. Seated opposite Antonio Brown and getting passes from Ben Roethlisberger, we could see some big numbers from Bryant in 2017. 

The Steelers really need a reliable receiver who doesn’t get infected with the “dropsies” like some of the other guys in Pittsburgh’s top five. Bryant can fill that void if he can shake off the rust and stay out of trouble. 

Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints: Ginn is currently way down the list of WR names in the draft (somewhere in the 50s) but the consensus is that he could easily outperform that mark this season. 

It’s pretty easy to imagine Ginn getting a huge boost from the always reliable Drew Brees, as Ginn is still pretty fast and can rattle off a deep route without too much trouble. He should collect a series of long touchdowns this year. 

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