This year, there are a lot of options at wide receiver. It’s probably the deepest position for 2015 besides perhaps quarterback. But this doesn’t mean you should wait too long to draft your first receiver, it just means there will still be value to be had after the sixth round. For your typical roster you’ll end up with about 4-8 receivers depending on your league’s scoring. Player’s marked with a $$ are players that should outperform their draft day values.
Two guys I’m targeting as deep sleepers are Eddie Royal, and Andrew Hawkins. Eddie Royal was already on my radar long before the Kelvin White injury. But when you couple that with the fact that Alshon Jeffery is dealing with an injury, it paints a rosy picture for Royal’s outlook. Royal is a seasoned veteran coming off his two most productive fantasy football seasons, and with White out he should lack for targets. I really like Cutler this season as well, so everything is trending up for his production.
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty down on Johnny Manziel, but he’s looked pretty sharp in the preseason. As a result, Cleveland receivers have seen a boost in my rankings. I’m not sure who’s going to be the top receiver in Cleveland at the end of the season, but if I don’t end up with Bowe, I’m not going to be upset landing Andrew Hawkins in the later rounds. Hawkins has the talent, and showed flashes of this last season, ending 2014 with more first downs than any other receiver or back on for The Browns. Hawkins is a gut call for me, but my gut says he’ll have a big season.
|1. Demaryius Thomas DEN||21. Brandon Marshall NYJ||41. Percy Harvin BUF|
|2. Antonio Brown PIT||22. DeSean Jackson WAS||42. Devin Funchess CHI|
|3. Dez Bryant DAL||23. Amari Cooper OAK||43. Kendall Wright TEN|
|4. Alshon Jeffery CHI||24. Andre Johnson IND||44. DeVante Parker MIA|
|5. Randall Cobb GB||25. Mike Wallace MIN||45. Brandon Lafell NE|
|6. Julio Jones ATL||26. Jeremy Maclin KC||46. Charles Johnson MIN|
|7. Odell Beckham Jr. NYG||27. Nelson Agholor PHI||$$||47. Brian Quick STL||$$|
|8. T.Y Hilton IND||28. Allen Robinson JAC||48. Dwayne Bowe CLE||$$|
|9. Calvin Johnson DET||29. Eric Decker NYJ||49. Kenny Stills MIA|
|10. Mike Evans TB||30. Marques Colston NO||$$||50. Donte Moncrief IND|
|11. A.J. Green CIN||31. Jarvis Landry MIA||51. . Doug Baldwin SEA|
|12. DeAndre Hopkins HOU||32. Victor Cruz NYG||$$||52. Malcom Floyd SD|
|13. Emmanuel Sanders DEN||33. Roddy White ATL||53. Terrance Williams DAL|
|14. Julian Edelman NE||34. Martavis Bryant PIT||54. Dorial Green-Beckham TEN|
|15. Sammy Watkins BUF||35. Davante Adams GB||$$||55. Cody Latimer DEN|
|16. Brandin Cooks NO||36. Torrey Smith SF||$$||56. Marqise Lee JAC|
|17. Golden Tate DET||37. Steve Smith BAL||57. Cole Beasley DAL|
|18. Keenan Allen SD||38. Breshad Perriman BAL||58. Tyler Lockett SEA|
|19. Vincent Jackson TB||$$||39. Anquan Boldin SF||59.Marvin Jones CIN||$$|
|20. Jordan Matthews PHI||40. Larry Fitzgerald ARI||60. John Brown ARI|
*Rankings are based on standard scoring.
Based on your league size, and how enthusiastic your fellow drafters are this may not be enough receiver depth. Below are a few more later round guys, that can still produce for your team.
Cecil Shorts HOU
Andrew Hawkins CLE
Danny Amendola NE
Eddie Royal CHI
Riley Cooper PHI
Pierre Garcon WAS
Rueben Randle NYG
Michael Crabtree OAK
Greg Jennings MIA
Allen Hurns JAC
Markus Wheaton PIT
Jarius Wright MIN
Mohamed Sanu CIN