Deep League Wide Receiver Targets
August 25, 2014 | Chet
While working on my rankings I wanted to shore up my late receiver values and found these guys below worthy of a second or third look in your upcoming deep drafts.
Markus Wheaton – I already talked a bit about Wheaton here, but seeing his ADP still at 171 overall at FantasyPros, I had to include him. He is the #2 receiver in Pittsburgh and should see plenty of work in their pass heavy offense. Oh, and he’s pretty darn good. Speed, hands, route running, he has it all. His ADP baffles me.
Cody Latimer – Latimer is behind Andre Caldwell on the depth chart at the moment, which is actually good for trying to snag this guy in your deep league. Looking around at some ADPs I’ve found that he often isn’t even listed. But his skill set is out of this world and with Wes Welker’s recent concussion, which has many worried that another could easily end his season, Latimer has a good shot at producing at some point this year in Peyton Manning’s insanely efficient offense.
John Brown – Brown has been the star of Arizona’s camp, but also of the NFL preseason. The worry after he was showing all this ability in preseason was that he would still be stuck behind the veteran Ted Ginn, but Ginn now sits as the 5th receiver on the depth chart while Brown is the 3rd. That is not a bad place to be in Bruce Arians’ pass first attack, especially when you can be had off most waiver wires. Brown runs a 4.34 forty and has 10 receptions for 165 yards in a touchdown this preseason. He’ll still have trouble being consistent enough in a 12 team league, but he’s a must grab in deeper leagues and would have a ton of upside if Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd had to miss any time.
Brian Quick – In his third year now it looks like Quick is starting to put together his immense talents with his actual play on the field. All reports out of camp have been glowing and he’s looked good in preseason. Shaun Hill hasn’t been afraid to let the ball fly in his career, so I could actually see him helping the Rams two starters, Quick and Kenny Britt, if he gets the chance to throw. Those chances might be few and far between if the Rams’ defense and running game are working like they hope they will, but for a very late flier, Quick’s ability is too good to pass up.
Kenny Britt – Much of what I wrote about Quick is also applicable to Britt. He’s the starter, has great ability, but has had trouble showing it on the field. His inability has come from injuries and being stupid, but we know he has it in him. In this offense I want both to fall very late and Quick should fall more than Britt, but I can’t pass on starters with ability.
Aaron Dobson – Dobson was in line to be the Patriots #1 wide receiver this season but had to have some screws Black and Deckered into his foot bones and has been behind the eight ball ever since. His ADP is around 194 overall and he is worth grabbing for a mid-season run because his upside remains extremely high in this Patriots’ offense and he is very much worth stashing away for a rainy day.
Kenbrell Thompkins – On the other side of this Patriots’ wide receiver coin is Thompkins. Thompkins is the starter with Dobson still recovering and with good play could hold onto the job. Tom Brady has expressed confidence in Thompkins lately and feels good about their connection. Thompkins’ problem has been consistency, but if he can bring that in the next few weeks he could be set up for a nice role in one of the best offenses in the league.
Mohammed Sanu – I am not a big fan of Sanu’s, but the injury to Marvin Jones makes him the starter in the slot and he’s looked great this preseason. The Bengals really don’t have a third wide receiver to take much away from him, so he should see plenty of work for his price before Jones returns.
Cole Beasley – Beasley is not a stud by any means, but opportunity and PPR settings make for a decent chance at value in the later rounds. Beasley will play in the slot for a team with absolutely no defense at the moment. The Cowboys will most likely have three receivers on the field often and Beasley will be squatting in the secondary for multiple 7-yard receptions. His real life value isn’t great, but I imagine you’ll see him on waiver wire articles this season for PPR leagues.
Ryan Broyles – This one may be just because I love Broyles, but I do think he has a shot at having value as long as his knee holds up. He is still down in the depth chart, but has looked good in preseason with eight receptions, seven of those going for first downs. Kevin Ogletree and Kris Durham are susceptible to being passed on the depth chart and I think Broyles can do it.
Andrew Hawkins –The Browns have looked beyond awful in preseason, but Hawkins is relishing his chance to stay in the NFL and has easily secured slot duties. He caught 5 of 5 targets in the last preseason game and really was the only receiver to stand out. He won’t have much appeal in non-PPR, but I could see him being solid in deep PPR leagues.
Dexter McCluster – I’m seeing his ADP at around 212 overall, so it looks like he can be had cheap. He can fill in for your wide receiver or running back slot and has a lot of PPR appeal this year. The Titans will most likely need to throw the ball with Shonn Greene currently the lead back and Bishop Sankey needing some more time it seems. McCluster should see a lot of passing down work this year.
Corey Washington – The Giants undrafted free agent pick up has been a star in camp this year. In four preseason games he has four touchdowns and nine receptions. His upside is really dependent on how Odell Beckham and Jerrel Jernigan play, but we’ve seen another UDFA move to the top of the depth chart in New York with Victor Cruz, so crazier things have happened.