2017 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2017 Fantasy Football Deep Wide Receivers: Bargain Bin


As with every position in fantasy football, it’s important to find sleepers. However, with each team throwing the ball the way they are now, there ends up being a plethora of wide receivers who can contribute to your fantasy team. Even the third best wide receiver on a good enough offense can make a major impact on a fantasy season.

Often, these receivers aren’t thought of or high draft choices. These guys are found late in drafts when some foolish players have already taken kickers or defenses. While those future runner-ups are wasting draft capital, use your picks on these guys.

2017 Fantasy Football Deep Wide Receivers

Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

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Williams came out of nowhere to finish as the number 12 (!) receiver in fantasy football last year. The undrafted receiver stepped up when Keenan Allen went down to the tune of 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. He fits the prototypical wide receiver mold, running a 4.48 at 6’3″ 204 pounds.

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With Allen back this year, as well as rookie Mike Williams entering the fold, Tyrell should take a step back into a smaller role. However, Mike Williams is dealing with a back injury and Allen hasn’t convinced me he’s not injury prone. Tyrell Williams is the best deep threat amongst the Chargers starters. It’s possible Allen’s return could even open up the field more for him.

In his current role, he’s still being under-drafted at WR45. He could be a very solid WR3. In addition, if forced into a larger role (possibly due to an Allen or Mike Williams injury), he is more than capable of handling it. Either way, Tyrell Williams is currently functioning as the WR2 in an explosive offense and has proven he can produce as the WR1.

Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

It seems unfair that Matthews has fallen so far in the eyes of fantasy players. In 2016, he had to deal with a rookie quarterback and a rookie head coach. Even then, he still put up a respectable 73 catches for 803 yards while leading the team in targets. The problem was his touchdown count which dropped from eight in each of his first two years to three last year.

This year, Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson should be a year better. If he maintains that catch and yards count and that touchdown total regresses back to the mean, you’re looking at stealing a WR2/3 at his current ADP of WR54.

Many folks are concerned about Alshon Jeffrey, and how the new star receiver will affect Matthews’ role and production. However, Pederson has already said Matthews’ role will not be reduced. While obviously, Jeffrey will sap some of Matthews’ targets, the difference should not be that noticeable. It’s far more likely Jeffrey will simply take over a large chunk of the 143 targets of non-effective boundary receivers such as Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor.

If anything, Jeffrey provides a sort of smokescreen for Matthews’ value. Matthews has a hidden upside that is very attainable. If Jeffrey goes down — which is not unlikely — Matthews will undoubtedly return to receiving the lion’s share of the targets.

Update After Move To Buffalo

Jordan Matthews has been moved to the Bills which gives him a bump up in value. He should see the lion’s share of the targets as the Bills’ de facto “number 1” receiver. While we have seen him struggle to be the focal point of an offense, Tyrod Taylor is the best quarterback he’s ever played with.

However, I am curious how the Bills intend to use Matthews. The Bills also added Anquan Boldin, who at this point is 100% a slot receiver – also Matthews’ best position.

Kevin White, Chicago Bears

A top seven NFL draft pick two years ago, White has disappointed so far in his career – mostly due to injuries. However, he steps into a (mostly) prime opportunity to right the ship in 2017. He was spoon-fed 36 targets in his four healthy games last year, and that was while Alshon Jeffrey was on the team.

Jeffrey has left for Philadelphia, leaving White to contend with JAGs such as Markus Wheaton, Cameron Meredith, and Victor Cruz for touches. Say what you want about John Fox, but even dating back to his Carolina days, his offenses have featured at least one elite fantasy wide receiver.

So far, the reports out of training camp are mixed. White is running at “full speed” but also hasn’t shown the explosiveness he had at West Virginia. However, even at 80 or 90%, he’s by far the most talented receiver on this team.

Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs

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If you’re like me and don’t necessarily buy all the way in to the Tyreek Hill hype, Chris Conley makes for a very interesting sleeper pick. Hill gets all the hype as the athletic freak of nature, but Conley is a ridiculous athlete as well. At 6′ 2″, 213 pounds, Conley ran a 4.35 40 and posted a SPARQ score in the 97th percentile.

Conley has yet to flash much in his short career, but he was buried on the depth chart in a very limited offense. However, with the release of Jeremy Maclin, there’s a WR1 role to fill.  Although Hill will continue as an awesome and incredible offensive weapon, his skill set remains apart from the typical WR1 profile which Conley more resembles.

Andy Reid has already come out and said Conley will fill the X, or possession-type, receiver in the offense. Reports out of Kansas City state that Conley has also stepped up into a leadership role among the wide receivers. Perhaps, in his third year, he’s ready to break out. He’s a sneaky prospect you can take in your last round or so, as his current ADP is WR84.

Ted Ginn Jr, New Orleans Saints

As the 9th draft pick overall in 2009, Ginn has since bounced around the league. He’s been at his best with quarterbacks who excel at throwing the deep ball. Cam Newton turned him into a legitimate deep threat as he racked up 1,491 yards and 14 touchdowns over the last two years.

Now, enter Drew Brees.

Brees has consistently been one of the league’s best deep ball throwers. He finished second in air yards as well as fifth in deep passing accuracy in 2016. Coach Sean Payton said Ginn will be used as a “flanker.” So while Ginn may not put up the numbers Brandin Cooks did, he will have his useful moments in a high powered offense.

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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinMHuo

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