2016 Fantasy Football: Deep League WR Targets

by Joe Bond
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Credit: Keith Allison

We have all read the sleeper articles telling you which wide receivers to target in your 12 or even 10 team leagues.

Those are great. However, some of us play in leagues that are bigger than those. There are 14, 20 team leagues. Or leagues where you need to draft 20-plus players. In those leagues owners will need to dig much deeper to fill all those wide receiver positions.

Below I will go over five wide receivers that you will want to target in those type of deeper leagues, that I think will outproduce their draft slot.

Before we begin make sure you check out the Deep League RB Targets too.

Deep League WR Targets

I will be listing these in order of ADP according to FantasyPros. Sign up for the FantasyPros Draft Assistant to dominate your drafts.

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (ADP 250)

I know we are all feel a little burned by Adams after the horrible season he had in 2015, but don’t completely write him off here.

Early reports were he was having an awful camp, but now there are rumors he is turning things around. Regardless of what is being said about him, Adams is set to open the season as the Packers No. 3 wide receiver.

That is where the thrived in 2015, as the No. 3 receiver. It was clear last season he was not ready to move up and be a No. 2, so now that he is back where he is most comfortable, I like him a lot more.

Also It is never a bad thing when you have Aaron Rodgers throwing you the ball. Lots of upside here.

Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots (262)

Mitchell is expected to open the season as the X receiver in New England. Yes, that positions value is a bit diminished currently with Tom Brady suspended for four games, but that is why he is a great value. Thanks to that and an elbow injury he suffered, people are forgetting about the receivers in New England after Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan.

I'm not the only one who feels this way.

You can get a nice weapon for Tom Brady, on a team who just lost their best threat in the backfield for 8-10 weeks. Sign me up please?

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (274)

Stills is surprising everybody this preseason by having himself a nice camp. Yet nobody seems to be talking about it.

Because of his good camp, Stills, has now moved ahead of the much earlier drafted, DeVante Parker, in two receiver sets on the Dolphins depth chart.

Miami has the looks of a team who wants to run a lot with Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi in the backfield, but they may not have the luxury to do so. This opens the door for Stills to be a huge steal in drafts now that he is becoming a favorite target for Tannehill.

Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (341)

All the hype is around Josh Doctson to take over the No. 3, if not the No. 2 receiver position at some point this season.

As Mr. Lee Corso would say, “Not So Fast”.

Not only is Doctson unable to suit up for the Redskins due to an Achilles injury, he still has yet to pass Jamison Crowder on the depth chart.

Crowder was pretty darn good for the Redskins last season as a rookie, catching 59 passes. This season I would not be surprised at all to see that number reach 80.

He is a sneaky target late in deep leagues, especially PPR leagues since he catches a bunch of balls off short routes in the slot.

Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers (799)

I should be talking about Sammy Coates right?... right?

No. Coates is having himself a pretty bad preseason. From the looks of things, it seems like Coates is not going to be as involved with the first team offense, at least to start the season.

That has opened the door for Eli Rogers, who is having himself a pretty nice camp and is set to open the season as the Steelers No. 3 receiver.

He is basically going to be free for you to draft in the last rounds of even the deepest leagues. This is because people are still drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey ahead of him.

To get a receiver that will open as the No. 3 receiver for the Steelers that late, is pretty good.

In the later rounds of your deeper leagues you are unlikely to find a home run, but you can find value. You want to find players who will get a lot of playing time and, better yet targets. I firmly believe the five above

Go ahead, try it out. Use the FantasyPros Mock Draft Simulator to see how your team looks drafting these players.

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