2018 Fantasy Football Deep Wide Receivers: Dart Throws

by Dennis Sosic
2018 Fantasy Football Deep Wide Receivers

Hello Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome to more analysis to help you succeed in your Fantasy Football drafts.

You are on the clock trying to decide who to take with one of your last picks. You know you are picking your defense and kicker with your last two picks. So who do you draft with your last player selection?

If you are looking for a wide receiver, I came up with four dart throws at receiver that has a FantasyPros ADP of 100+. Which wide receiver will be the hottest waiver wire pickup in the first few weeks?

I will help you beat everyone to the wire with these four receivers that I discuss here in the 2018 Fantasy Football Deep Wide Receivers.

2018 Fantasy Football Deep Wide Receivers

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Jaron Brown, Seattle Seahawks

Jaron Brown played in all 16 games last season with the Arizona Cardinals. He recorded highs in yards (477), receptions (31), and touchdowns (4). He cashed in during free agency, signing a two-year deal with the Seahawks.

Luckily, it looks like Doug Baldwin will be ready to go Week 1. Aside from Baldwin, the Seahawks are looking for Tyler Lockett to breakout this season, now that he is finally healthy. Also, they signed a one-year deal with Brandon Marshall. Marshall is not even a lock to make the roster, let alone contribute anything in this offense.

Brown, who reportedly ran a 4.29 40-yard dash on his pro day at Clemson, is explosive and showcased that in the second preseason game with deep-over route off play-action. Brown has shown flashes during his career but has yet to perform on a consistent level.

He does things when he gets the ball in his hands. In 2016, Brown averaged 17 yards a catch. In 2017, he averaged 15.4 yards per catch. That 15.4 average would be the highest of any Seahawk of the 2018 roster from 2017.

Brown is definitely worth a look with one of your last picks of the draft. His big-play ability in combo with Russell Wilson could be fantasy relevant this season. Furthermore, the Seahawks still can't run the ball efficiently and their defense will be a lot worse. This will lead to shootouts, and every fantasy owner loves shootouts.

D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars second-round pick D.J. Chark has arguably been the team's top rookie since the start of training camp. At 6-foot-3, 199 pounds, Chark brings blazing fast speed into the Jags’ receivers group as he ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of any receiver at the combine (4.34).

The Jaguars are lacking a true No.1 wide receiver but still have talent enough to have an intriguing passing game. Well, as much as you can with Blake Bortles as their quarterback.

The two starting receivers should be Marqise Lee and sophomore Dede Westbrook. Lee led the team in receptions last season (56) but is not a deep threat (13.1 yards per catch over the past two seasons). He is a reliable receiver but he is not a typical No.1 receiver. Westbrook missed the first 10 games last season due to a core muscle injury. He came back in Week 11 and was targeted six or more times in every game except one the rest of the season.

Keelan Cole the team's reigning receiving yards leader is a game-changer and averaged 18.4 yards per reception last season– good for first in the entire NFL. Cole only had 45 receptions so his sample size isn’t as big as other receivers, but he didn’t get into the starting lineup until later in the year. He will line up as the Jags third receiver and someone also to keep in mind during your drafts.

Chark will also have the opportunity for more playing time. The Jaguars will likely look to take some deep shots with him. In addition, I believe that the Jaguars will utilize Chark's height and athleticism to make him a red zone threat and worth a late-round flier in deeper standard leagues.

Jake Kumerow, Green Bay Packers

Who leads the NFL in receiving yards this NFL Preseason?  Well, of course, its Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow. He heads the NFL with 190 receiving yards. All six of his catches have been touchdowns or first downs. He also has three catches over 20 yards and two over 40 yards.

Kumerow has been the biggest surprise for the Green Bay Packers at training camp. After the Packers took three wide receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft, Kumerow had little chance of making the team. Based on his play this preseason, he deserves to make the roster. Each of the Packers' rookie receivers has been inconsistent all camp. Kumerow has taken advantage of his opportunity and more importantly, he has earned the trust of Aaron Rodgers.

“I have confidence in him,” Rodgers said, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “He’s in the right spot all the time, he makes contested catches, finishes the right way. He practices like a pro.”

Kumerow, signed by the Packers to their practice squad in December, sustained a sprained SC joint in his shoulder but the Packers medical staff does not view this is a concern. Once a long shot to make the roster, Kumerow now looks like the Packers' fourth receiver. Fantasy owners take note.

Cordarrelle Patterson, New England Patriots


The Patriots traded a fifth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for Cordarrelle Patterson and a sixth-rounder this offseason. Patterson primarily comes to mind as an outstanding kick/punt returner. He does own an NFL-record 109-yard kickoff return touchdown. 

Ironically, he has yet to field a kickoff through two preseason games in a Patriots uniform. The two-time Pro Bowler has logged 4,615 yards with 28 returns of 40-plus yards since entering the league in 2013. He is obviously dangerous returning kickoffs as evidenced by his career longs of 101, 104, and 109 yards to go with five touchdowns.

However, Patterson has an opportunity to change his status on a Patriots wide receiver depth chart that will be missing significant pieces to begin the 2018 season. Julian Edelman will miss the first four games due to PED suspension. Brandin Cooks was traded to the Rams and Danny Amendola is now with the Dolphins. There are more questions than answers aside from Chris Hogan at receiver.

Patterson leads New England with 89 receiving yards with two preseason games to go. While he has never exceeded 52 receptions or four TDs in a single season out wide, I see Patterson eclipsing his touchdown high.

At this point in the draft, selecting Patterson is a lottery pick. If he hits, you struck fantasy gold. If he fails to produce, go to the waiver wire and pick up another player. Fantasy owners should want to get a piece of the Patriots fantasy pie. Considering the required draft capital, I would definitely want to take the chance on his upside.

Before you go, you should check out where these receivers are on their team's depth chart. Take a look at the Fantasy Six Pack's Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Depth Chart.

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