Whenever you go into any fantasy football draft the golden rule is to know your league’s settings and scoring system. The difference between a PPR and standard scoring league can have a significant effect on a player’s value and on your draft strategy. In PPR (points per reception) leagues there are a few wide receivers that are much more valuable in this format, but that doesn’t always translate to ADP (average draft position). Here are five players who can become studs in a PPR league.

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1. Jarvis Landry-MIA

ADP: 20th WR/50th overall

Jarvis Landry has become Ryan Tannehill’s go-to-target evidenced by  his numbers–since being drafted in 2014, the Miami star receiver has posted three consecutive seasons of 80+ receptions and 110+ targets. Consistency. The downside to Landry’s fantasy value is his lack of TD’s (5 is his career-high)–but let me paint this in a different light:

WR-A has a stat-line of: 4 receptions 75 yards and 1 TD = 17 fantasy points.
WR-B has a stat-line of: 10 receptions 90 yards 0 TD’s = 19 fantasy points

WR-B is Landry and despite his lack of a scoring threat in PPR leagues he’s the better wide receiver to own.

2. Cole Beasley-DAL

ADP: 66th WR/190th overall

Just like Jarvis Landry above, Beasley isn’t a scoring threat owning a career-high 5 TD’s in one season, but that doesn’t crush his value in PPR formats. He has become Dak Prescott’s go-to-target–similar to the rapport Tony Romo and Jason Witten had for all those years in Big D. Last season Beasley had 75 receptions a career-high, but he wasn’t integral part of the offense until a quarter the way through the season. He has the potential to provide great value–especially when looking at his ADP. Don’t be afraid to pick Beasley in the middle-to-later rounds of your draft.

3. Jamison Crowder-WAS

ADP: 30th WR/75th overall

In two seasons, Crowder has amassed 126 receptions for 1,451 yards and has shown to be the most reliable target within the Redskins receiving core. The everyday fantasy fan may look at Crowder in 2017 and think he’ll play third fiddle to Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson but that’s not going to be the case. Crowder has the best working relationship with Washington QB Kirk Cousins and will be heavily targeted throughout the season. Pryor had a solid year in Cleveland last season, but I need him to show me more than one season on a downright terrible team to think he’s going to cut into Crowder’s value. For where he is being drafted, you may wind up with the Redskins No.1 WR in the middle rounds of your draft.

4. Rishard Matthews-TEN

ADP: 45th WR/115th overall

I’ve stated a few times I believe Matthews is the Titans receiver to own in fantasy this season. Corey Davis is being drafted before Matthews, but in PPR formats, the former Dolphin is the way to go. Not only will Matthews be targeted more than Davis with his ability to run routes over the middle and excel in the screen game but he is the one WR on this list who gets a lot of targets in the red zone. Nine touchdowns last year is no mistake–Matthews has a slithery route style that allows him to create separation in the end zone and with Marcus Mariota never throwing a red zone interception, the odds are in Matthews favor.

5. Willie Snead-NO

ADP: 35th WR/90th overall

Brandin Cooks is gone and that gives an even better opportunity to Willie Snead. The former Ball State product has caught 141 passes in his two-year career and he should be in line for more targets in 2017. Michael Thomas is the clear No.1 in New Orleans but he is more of a deep threat compared to Snead who will run short-to-intermediate routes. Both receivers will be fantasy gems this season and if Snead can get his touchdown percentage up, don’t be shocked if he finishes within the Top 20 WR’s.

 

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