2021 Fantasy Football Draft Kit

2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball Late Round WR Targets

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Best Ball season is in full swing, folks. So much so that Underdog’s latest tournament, The Puppy, managed to fill in less than two weeks.

So to get you prepared for Underdog’s next low entry fee tournament, as well as Best Ball Mania II (which is still live), we’ll be taking a look at some late-round wide receivers to target in your drafts in the 2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball Late Round Targets.

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2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball Late Round WR Targets

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A Quick Recap

First, let me start by saying if you haven’t read my previous article on identifying late-round wide receivers, you should check that out first. This is essentially the blueprint and theory I’ll be following for my current late-round targets. This strategy I’m referring to is in regards to targeting breakout candidates with our late-round picks.

We’re all aware of the saying that a player is “better in Best Ball.” And while I do prefer to break the tie between two players with the more boom/bust or vertical players, I reserve for the earlier rounds.

In the last few rounds of best ball drafts, players with the downfield threat archetype can easily provide a couple of “usable weeks” throughout the season. These include players like Jalen Guyton, Darius Slayton, and DeSean Jackson.

But those “usable weeks” won’t provide the league-winning upside needed to take down a large field tournament. So to unlock that upside, we want to find the breakout candidates.

Players with a path to an increased role can make it into our lineups more consistently throughout the season. These are the Chase Claypool’s, Tee Higgins, and Cole Beasleys of last year.

So without further ado, let’s check out some 2021 Fantasy Football Best Ball Late Round WR targets available in rounds 16 and beyond on Underdog.

Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams (ADP: 188)

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We only have to look back one year to the 2019 season to find the last time the Rams supported three fantasy-viable wide receivers. And if Jared Goff could do so, what’s stopping Matthew Stafford?

We can expect this offense to be overall more efficient with Stafford. Not to mention, it could very well be one of the top offenses in the league this year.

If I target a team’s WR3/WR4, I at least want the player to be on a good offense. But, more importantly, Jefferson also has a multiple-door path to more upside.

If Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp were to miss time, Van Jefferson should stand to benefit either way. But, unfortunately, DeSean Jackson and Tutu Atwell don’t fit the mold for two wide receiver sets.

Best upside case: Van Jefferson takes hold of the 2019 Brandin Cooks role.

Nico Collins, Houston Texans (ADP: 197)

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The Texans have made plenty of additions to their roster this off-season, including their wide receiver room. Although, Nico Collins is seemingly the only good addition.

Just looking at the Texan’s depth chart, it’s clear there’s a straightforward path for Collins to earn a role, as well as targets on this offense. Aside from Brandin Cooks, the wide receiver room comprises players that would not make it into a three-wide receiver set for any other team in the league.

Nico Collins has a very realistic shot at being the WR2 on this Texans offense and the second passing option to Cooks. Now Collins is undoubtedly a low-floor play because, after all, this is the Texans.

The team could quite literally be a dumpster fire this year. But there’s an upside case to be had if Collins becomes the WR2 and earns a decent bit of volume.

Let’s not forget; there’s an extreme upside case to be had if Watson somehow manages to suit up for the Texans this season.

Best upside case: Collins becomes the WR2 on the team and sees 80+ targets.

Josh Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers (ADP: 207)

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There’s a constant debate about the best late-round dart throw on the Chargers’ depth chart: this debate circles veteran deep threats Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson, and rookie Josh Palmer.

The two veteran vertical players managed to provide Best Ball managers some usable weeks last year. For me, though, I’m avoiding Guyton and Johnson this year.

I’m hedging my bets on Palmer breaking out into a more consistent role. After all, this is a new coaching staff who inherited undrafted free agents Guyton and Johnson.

Meanwhile, this new staff used a third-round pick on Palmer. This is a rookie who can provide some of the deep threat aspects that the UDFAs do and play a consistent three-down role.

There are also some vacated targets left behind by Hunter Henry that I’m not too confident Jared Cook will be able to pick up. The team may also choose to move on from Mike Williams next year and prime Palmer for a WR2 role.

Best upside case: Palmer surpasses Mike Williams on the depth chart, or is at least better schemed within the offense for fantasy purposes.

Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots (ADP: 214)

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There’s always a reason for concern when receivers change teams. There’s even reason for concern with a player simply being a wide receiver on the Patriots after the gruesome 2020 season. But this is a new year, and hopefully, this year brings a better offense for the Patriots.

The Patriots certainly paid Bourne like they want him to be involved in this offense. But, more importantly, Bourne primarily plays out the slot – a role in which the Patriots have made solid fantasy assets out of with the likes of Wes Welker and Julian Edelman.

Some may argue the big tight end signings of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry may hinder this. However, the year Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez finished as the TE1 and TE3, respectively, was also the year that Wes Welker finished as the WR2 overall.

Now I’m in no way claiming a WR1 finish is in Bourne’s range of outcomes. I’m simply making the point that he could be rather useful in Best Ball for someone who is seemingly going undrafted.



Best upside case: Bourne becomes the first or second passing option on an improved Patriot’s offense.


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About Preston White

Preston is a long time Fantasy Football player, and a big time Best Ball guy. He finds great joy in life's pleasures including data, analytics, IPAs, and #ZeroRB drafting. Feel free to give him a shout on Twitter (@FF_Engineer_) regarding anything Fantasy Football and Best Ball related.

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