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Dynasty League Chronicles: 2017 Wide Receiver Prospects


Dynasty League Chronicles Wide Receivers

Credit: Penn State

Credit: Penn State

The third installment of the Fantasy Football Dynasty League Chronicles. This week we are taking a look at the pass catchers of the future. These receivers should be targets in your 2017 rookie drafts and the always interesting Development Dynasty League.

In previous seasons, you would be tracking players like Amari Cooper, Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant and Michael Crabtree. However, as you were tracking those guaranteed first round wide receivers, you may have been missing out on Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall.

Some wide receivers coming out of college seem to be sure things and others are flying under the radar. The difference between the fantasy teams that track down the diamonds in the rough and those just taking what the mainstream media feed them are dynasty bottom feeders. Don’t be a bottom feeder.

2017 Wide Receiver Prospects

I am going to hit you with three of those top wide receivers and share three with you that I am keeping an eye on.

Mike Williams, Clemson University

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there is a top wide receiver prospect coming out of Clemson this year. In recent years, Dabo Sweeney seems to have created a wide receiver factory in Clemson. It will continue in the 2017 season.

Recently, guys like Sammy Watkins and Martavias Bryant came out of Clemson and made an immediate impact on the NFL. It appears that Mike Williams is on the same track.

After a stellar sophomore campaign, Mike Williams suffered a seemingly career ending injury during his junior year. Yet bounced back during this, his senior season, with a fast start. Through the Tigers first four games, he has 20 receptions for 300 yards and a score. His sophomore stats weren’t quite Sammy Watkins like, but they are a step up from Bryant. If his NFL career is going to be between the two, you’ll happily welcome him to your fantasy team.

If you want to roster Williams, you’ll need a top five pick to ensure he’s your guy. If you find Williams rosterable in a development league, be comfortable moving a contributing piece off of your team to stash him. Williams should be a sure fire top 20 WR in the NFL.

Malachi Dupree, Louisiana State University

Junior wideout Malachi Dupree is another SEC WR standout. This has come to be sort of the norm over the last couple of years with guys such as Amari Cooper and Laquon Treadwell. Both of whom also came out of the defensive dominated conference.

Malachi is one of those players out of high school having freakish athletic skill, but his commitment to LSU certainly puts a hamper on his ability. During his time at LSU, the quarterbacks throwing him the football certainly aren’t pro quality.

Malachi made the most of it by putting together two seasons at LSU of 57 catches for 1,016 yards and 11 touchdowns. That’s an impressive 17.82 yards per catch. The Les Miles offense doesn’t stretch the field, so when Malachi Dupree is getting in the ball in his hands, he’s making something happen.

Malachi will likely be a first round pick in the NFL draft and be a top 10 pick in your fantasy draft. Malachi proved success with lesser quarterbacks, so if selected by an NFL team with a lackluster passer, he’s still worth the risk.

Corey Davis, Western Michigan

Corey Davis is a rare four year player coming out of Western Michigan at the end of the season. The four years spent at Western Michigan gave him time to develop his body and game.

If you read any of the scouting reports regarding Corey Davis, all of them rave his route running ability. Out of all the players coming into the draft, Corey runs the best routes and NFL teams love good route runners. If you add in his deceptive speed, he’s the 2017 version of Corey Coleman.

Corey Davis has put together a solid 3 years at Western Michigan totaling 235 grabs for 3,785 yards and 33 touchdowns. These numbers ranked him among the highest producing players in the country during that time. Davis continues his dominance over the Mid American conference, kicking 2016 off with 24 grabs 395 yards and four touchdowns.

I would write Corey off as a one hit wonder if this dominance occured just over one season, but this continued high level reflects something special. Corey Davis may be one of the last wide receivers off the board in the first round., but he’s arguably the best one you can pick up.

Chris Godwin, Pennsylvania State University

If you follow college football at all, you know the roller coaster ride in Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions since the Jerry Sandusky scandal a few years ago. However, buried underneath all of this controversy is a diamond in the rough.

If you tune into a Nittany Lion football game, there is one player who is certainly going to catch your eye. It is number 12, playing wide receiver – Chris Godwin.

Chris played the 2015 season with NFL bound quarterback Christian Hackenberg and put up impressive numbers. Chris compiled 69 grabs for 1101 yards and five touchdowns. He was the first Nittany Lion to eclipse a 1,000 yards since Allen Robinson.

Chris Godwin is a physical specimen with a big body. He stands in at 6’1 and 205 pounds. When on the field, you can tell there’s something special about this player. He likely isn’t on many of your league mates draft boards, but he’s a player that I am targeting in the late third through the end of the draft.

K.D. Cannon, Baylor University

Junior wide receiver K.D. Cannon follows in the foot steps of high production wide receivers, such as Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman, in the Baylor offense.

When you’re throwing the ball as much as the Art Briles lead offense does, you’re going to produce some high production wide receivers. This was certainly the case for Cannon’s first two years at Baylor. He totalled 108 catches for 1,898 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The issue we typically have with high production offenses is that it doesn’t translate to the NFL. Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon are proof that it does translate to the NFL. KD should be a player you’re targetting with a late pick. I’d even pick up an additional late round pick to stash Cannon.

Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M

After back-to-back 50 catch seasons, Reynolds seems back on track to match this total and set new career highs as a junior. It’s a topsy turvy time being an Aggies fan. When Kevin Sumlin took over the program, the top two quarterback prospects went elsewhere for a season and sat out.

Transferring those two prospects, back-to-back top five quarterback recruits in the country to boot, means an uphill struggle for Reynolds to maintain his draft status – let alone improving it. Reynolds talent has shown through this year with lackluster play at quarterback.

Reynolds is going to be another player that you may take a flier on at the end of your rookie drafts this year. Any tall wide receiver with some speed and solid college production is worth it. Reynolds fits this mold and stashable on your roster.

About Gage Padula

Fantasy Sports writer at, jack of all trades in the fantasy world, prefer dynasty over redraft

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