Fantasy season is almost here and now comes the time for research into who you should target. Wide Receiver is always a tricky position to figure out so I am going to give you the breakdown of which Wide Receiving cores you should target in your draft!
1. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Squad is young and full of talent. There is a lot of potential upside to this group and it helps that they have a gunslinger for a quarterback to distribute the ball.
Members: Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Calloway, David Njoku
Person to Target: Jarvis Landry (ADP 6.05)
Defenses are going to have to pick between Beckham or Landry and I believe that Landry will be the benefactor of single coverage. With him moving out of the slot he could receive a lot of targets.
Most likely to Disappoint: Odell Beckham Jr. (ADP 2.01)
Odell’s ADP keeps moving up and he could be a first round pick soon. If that is the case he is primed to disappoint because he moved to a new offense with a new quarterback. There are too many unknowns, including his injury history, at this point for OBJ to be worth of a first round pick which could lead to a disappointing fantasy season.
Sleeper: David Njoku (ADP 8.06)
Njoku has a lot of upside and talent. He has the potential to be one of the best tight ends in the league this year. By the 8th round you most likely have all your starters chosen which makes Njoku a solid pick based on his upside to be a Tight End 1 on your team.
Best Value: Jarvis Landry (ADP 6.05)
Landry in the 6th round is a safe pick. He can give you solid Receiver 2 or Flex numbers every week. Yes there are concerns that he will not be the main target in Cleveland and those are valid concerns but he also has the potential to post solid numbers every week.
Dynasty Pick: Antonio Calloway
Calloway is currently undrafted in many standard and PPR leagues. However, if he is not on your dynasty team he needs to be. OBJ does not have the best track record when it comes to injury and Calloway could be the number 2 or 3 in the Browns offense. He also could be an interesting sleeper pick because Odell and Jarvis will taking a lot of the coverage. If that is the case he could also be a great pick for best ball as he could give you a 20 point game any given week.
2. Los Angeles Rams
Not much explanation here, this squad of receivers were featured very well last year and that should remain the case this year. Just beware of whoever you draft as Tight End from their squad.
Members: Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, Gerald Everett
Person to Target: Brandin Cooks (ADP 4.07)
The case for Brandin Cooks to be the person to target in this squad is easy. He is a consistent 1000+ yard receiver. He probably won’t have 100 catches but he will burn defenses for big chunks of yards. Cooks has had over 1000 yards over the last four seasons and I think his talent has proven he is consistent enough to deliver.
Most Likely to let Down: Robert Woods (ADP 5.01)
This is all dependent on Cooper Kupp. If Kupp is healthy I think that Woods target share could actually drop as well as his yardage. Woods is clearly a talented receiver but when Kupp and Cooks are healthy Woods is no more than a flex receiver at best.
Sleeper: Gerald Everett (ADP Undrafted)
The Rams maybe throwing the ball more if there is any truth to the Todd Gurley knee rumors. So getting one of the Rams tight ends maybe beneficial to your bench to see if anything can come of it. When both tight ends are going undrafted you have nothing to lose.
Best Value: Cooper Kupp (ADP 5.04)
Cooper Kupp as of May has yet to practice in any serious drills. He is only doing sideline work and taking it day by day to recover. This may lead to a drop in his current ADP. But Kupp’s best value tag also comes with a buyer’s beware. You will most likely not see a big surge from Kupp until late season as his knee may still be recovering so until you see the old Kupp temper expectations and use him as a flex option.
Dynasty Pick: None
If you do not already have one of the Rams players on your bench then what is wrong with you! If you are starting a new Dynasty league then you have to make sure you grab one of these young and talented Receivers not names Josh Reynolds.
3. Minnesota Vikings
This squad runs through three players. Dillion Mitchell and Irv Smith are interesting prospects to keep an eye on though.
Members: Stefon Diggs, Adam Theilen, Kyle Rudolph
Person to Target: Adam Theilen (ADP 3.06)
I don’t read much into Theilen’s regression in the second half of last season. He has always been a target machine that will continue to get better this year.
Most Likely to Let Down: Stefon Diggs (ADP 4.03)
As encouraging as it was to see Diggs play the majority of the season and finally showcase how good he was, there is still an injury risk that comes with him.
Sleeper: Kyle Rudolph (ADP 13.10)
You can never sleep on a good Tight End and Kyle Rudolph actually saw an increase in Receptions and Yards from the previous year. The only area he regressed was Touchdowns which is tricky for any player. Rudolph is definitely a sleeper tight end this coming season.
Best Value: Kyle Rudolph (ADP 13.10)
Just to continue from before, getting Rudolph in the 13th round is a steal. Another year with Cousins should help build a rapport and Rudolph should be the beneficiary of a larger target share which could lead to a statistical rise in all the other categories.
Dynasty Pick: Dillion Mitchell (Rookie 7th Round Pick)
If I was to take a chance on any of the Rookie Receivers in Vikings camp it would be Dillion Mitchell, he is 6’1 with 4.4 speed. He has issues like any rookie would but as long as he is well coached and works hard he could be a solid dynasty pick for the Vikings receiving core.
4. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are a good offense with a great wide receiving core. With 2nd year receiver Calvin Ridley coming off a promising rookie season, the Falcons have several options at their disposal in the passing game.
Members: Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Austin Hooper
Person to Target: Calvin Ridley (ADP 5.01)
I am high on Calvin Ridley personally. He is a great young player that is already the No. 2 in Atlanta and will continue to be a great pairing across from Julio.
Most Likely to Let Down: Julio Jones (ADP 1.11)
Okay okay before you bring out the torches hear me out. Julio’s current ADP has him a late first, early second round pick. He is 30 and has a history of injury and does not get many Touchdowns. I’m not saying he will be a let down, I’m simply staying cognizant of the potential flaws in his game.
Sleeper: Austin Hooper (ADP 10.10)
There will be a resurgence at the tight end position and Austin Hooper is a definitive sleeper. He flashes talent and with Dirk Koetter back (OJ Howard anyone?) I believe Hooper could see an increase in volume which could lead to a rise in fantasy production.
Best Value: Mohammed Sanu (ADP Undrafted)
Sanu is still under 30 with a lot of talent. He is currently undrafted so he could be a deep league flex in this high flying Atlanta offense.
Dynasty Pick: None
If you don’t have an Atlanta player, get one!
5. Los Angeles Chargers
This is probably the most consistent core on this list. Allen and Williams are proven players and Hunter Henry has flashed enough to earn some hype.
Members: Keenan Allen, Mike WIlliams, Hunter Henry
Person to Target: Keenan Allen (ADP 3.01)
Allen has been injury free for two years now. He is still able to break coverage and still soaks up targets. He is a consistent top 15 receiver with top 5 potential, and in the third round it’s a steal.
Most Likely to Disappoint: Hunter Henry (ADP 6.02)
As much as I like Hunter Henry he still has a lot of hype and potential to live up to. Everyone expects him to be a top 5 tight end and I think if he’s any lower than the top 7 and being taken where his ADP is in the 6th round. I think that is a huge disappointment for a player with such potential.
Maybe Travis Benjamin if there is a major injury but there aren’t many options past the top of the Chargers receiving depth chart.
Best Value: Mike Williams (ADP 5.10)
Has to be Mike Williams at his ADP. He had 10 Touchdowns on 66 receptions and while he is due for positive Touchdown regression he is now the number two receiver and will get a significant increase in targets which will make up for his possible Touchdown regression.
Dynasty Pick: None
The Next Tier
This tier of receivers are cores that have a lot of established players but also have question marks.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
Juju Smith-Schuster is the obvious player to target but after him are players with upside but need to prove their worth.
Members: JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief, Dionte Johnson, Vance McDonald
Person to Target: Juju Smith Schuster (ADP 2.03)
Most Likely to Disappoint: Donte Moncrief (ADP 11.09)
Sleeper: Dionte Johnson (ADP Undrafted)
Best Value: James Washington (ADP 11.07)
Dynasty Pick: Dionte Johnson
There is always one thing you can trust, Steelers evaluations of wide receivers. While they typically don’t do much in their first year you need to stash Johnson on your Dynasty roster for that late season breakout.
7. Philadelphia Eagles
Members: DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz
Person to Target: Zach Ertz (ADP 3.04)
Most Likely to Disappoint: DeSean Jackson (ADP 11.06)
Sleeper: Alshon Jeffery (ADP 6.09)
Best Value: DeSean Jackson (ADP 11.06)
While he has the possibility to disappoint because of his age, he also has the potential at his Draft position to be a high end WR 2 or WR 1 at his ADP which is a potential for a steal. You should have the majority of your starters drafted by now so take the flier on Jackson and see what his potential could be.
Dynasty Pick: JJ Arcega-Whiteside
8. San Francisco 49ers
Members: Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, Marquis Goodwin, George Kittle
Person to Target: Dante Pettis (ADP 7.03)
A number 1 receiver in the 7th round? Sign me up! That’s value and not a big risk at his ADP!
Most Likely to Disappoint: George Kittle (ADP 3.09)
Sleeper: Deebo Samuel (ADP 14.01)
Best Value: Dante Pettis (ADP 7.03)
Dynasty Pick: Deebo Samuel (ADP 14.01)
Deebo Samuel is a definitive dynasty pick, he probably won’t produce much this year with Kyle Shanahan’s complex offense, but he is a great player to stash away for next year!
9. Green Bay Packers
Members: DeVante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marques Valdes-Scandling, Jimmy Graham
Person to Target: DeVante Adams (ADP 1.08)
Most Likely to Disappoint: Geronimo Allison (ADP 8.12)
The hype for Geronimo Allison is real and it’s also a possibility he disappoints. We don’t know who the true Number 2 receiver in Green Bay is at this moment.
Sleeper: Marques Valdes-Scantling (10.02)
If Geronimo Allison isn’t the Number 2, then my money is on MVS to be the next man up. His ADP is two rounds after Allison so he could be solid flex play.
Best Value: Geronimo Allison (ADP 8.12)
Dynasty Pick: None
10. Oakland Raiders
Members: Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow, Foster Moreau
Person to Target: Antonio Brown (ADP 2.06)
Most Likely to Disappoint: Antonio Brown (ADP 2.06)
Sleeper: Foster Moreau (ADP Undrafted)
Best Value: Tyrell Williams (ADP 12.02)
Dynasty Pick: Hunter Renfrow
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Members: Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Justin Watson, OJ Howard
Person to Target: Mike Evans (ADP 2.08)
Most Likely to Disappoint: OJ Howard (ADP 5.08)
Sleeper: Justin Watson (ADP Undrafted)
Best Value: Chris Godwin (ADP 5.05)
Dynasty Pick: Justin Watson
12. Chicago Bears
Members: Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Riley Ridley, Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton
Person to Target: Allen Robinson (ADP 7.09)
Most Likely to Disappoint: Allen Robinson (ADP 7.09)
Sleeper: Anthony Miller (ADP 12.02)
Best Value: Trey Burton (ADP 14.02)
Dynasty Pick: Riley Ridley