WR’s to target in the middle rounds of your fantasy football draft
It’s your turn to pick. Round 5 pick 5 in your fantasy football draft, who do you take? There’s still plenty of talent on the draft board, but don’t be that guy taking Andrew Luck in the fifth and passing up on some valuable assets on your road to glory for that fantasy championship. This time it’s everybody’s favorite… wide receivers. Here I’ve compiled a list of a few guys who I think will either continue their upward trend, or counter back from a not so good season. (As the season gets closer this list will be updated). Also these players are in no particular order.
1. Willie Snead
He’s going to be listed as the No.2 WR behind Michael Thomas, but my man Snead isn’t playing second fiddle in this Saints offense. He’s a rising fantasy star (future super star). If you’re looking for reliable WR to flex or for a WR2 Snead is your man in the mid-rounds of your draft. In his third season expect his efficiency to improve and for Snead to make a splash in the fantasy world in 2017.
2. Jamison Crowder
Don’t sleep on Jamison I guarantee the majority of people will forget about Crowder once Pryor is drafted, and rightfully so, Pryor was a stud last year and made some huge plays for the Browns, but more importantly you felt good about starting Pryor each week. Kirk Cousins has finished as a top-10 QB the last 2 seasons, and with Matt Jones and that running game surrounded my numerous question marks Crowder should definitely be in your radar. He had a breakout rookie season, and although he disappointed in the fantasy playoffs, draft Crowder yet again and watch his targets increase.
3. Martavis Bryant
I don’t know what’s going on in Pittsburgh. These guys can’t stay out of trouble, but the talent they produce is ridiculous! If Bryant has fallen off your radar I don’t blame you. He was suspended all of 2016, but in 2015 he ranked 10th among WR’s, and gave defenders a rough time when their attention was mainly towards Antonio Brown. Throw 2016 out the window the dude was spending his whole time plotting, studying the playbook, and he provides nothing but upside in this explosive offense.
4. Jeremy Maclin
You’re definitely taking a gamble when drafting Maclin. He’s coming off his worst season ever as a pro, but he did suffer from groin injuries that kept him sidelined, and his quarterback was Alex Smith. Not that I’m hating on Smith, but he’s not the type of QB to let it rip down the field. Now that Maclin is in Baltimore he quickly takes over the Steve Smith role and we can look forward to seeing flashes of what we were used to seeing in his Philly days.
5. Corey Coleman
Coleman has had an unlucky start to his NFL career after being the first wide receiver drafted in last years draft. He broke his hand last season, and a few weeks ago he suffered a freak accident when he landed awkwardly on a ball. In every mock draft I’ve done since May, Kenny Britt always goes a round or two earlier and I constantly ask myself why? Regardless I wouldn’t touch Britt, but Coleman is the guy to own in this offense.
6. John Ross
The fastest man at the combine is on my radar and he should be on yours as well. I know we have yet to see him perform on a professional level, and our very own Dan Schalk has a great article mentioning how Ross is questionable for training camp, but it is a well-known fact that sometime in the season A.J. Green is going to miss a game or two with some sort of foot, toe or hamstring issue. Injuries are no stranger to WR’s, but if you have a guy like Ross who can be explosive and get down the field in a split second, why not draft him and stash him till the time is right. Currently he’s going late anywhere between rounds 10-12, so keep an eye on Ross for some late season value.