Welcome everybody to my 2022 Fantasy Football Best Ball Underrated Wide Receivers article!
This is my second segment of underrated and overrated players in Best Ball formats. My last segment was the quarterbacks, and I will now cover the Wide Receiver position.
Training camp has finally begun, and I would like to touch on these players before camp news is in full effect. So let's get started on what you are here for. First, I will give you some 2022 Fantasy Football Best Ball Underrated Wide Receivers that I feel are Under-drafted.
These players are some of my favorite targets that can do more than just beat their ADP but contribute to your team and outscore your top-end starters.
2022 Fantasy Football Best Ball Underrated Wide Receivers
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Allen Robinson, Los Angeles Rams
Underdog ADP - 47.2 (WR22)
RTSports ADP - 71.3 (WR26)
What do Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, DeAndre Hopkins, Terry McLaurin, and Allen Robinson all have in common? The majority of careers played behind terrible quarterback play with great production. Then when they perform under expectation, they get thrown down the rankings the following year. Robinson is only turning 29 years old this year. He is far from done. Last year Robinson gave up on the Chicago Bears, and to be quite frank, I don't blame them. At the ADP that Robinson is currently going at, I will buy him at the current cost every possible chance I get. I am highly confident that Robinson will rebound and outperform his ADP. I would gladly take him at a 50% exposure rate.
Why I'm Buying Robinson
In the last four seasons, Robinson has played an entire season. He has finished in the top 12 WR three of those times. The time he didn't finish as a WR1 range, he finished as a low-end WR2. That was six years ago, and he was playing on a terrible Jacksonville Jaguars team.
Everybody is wondering who is the next "Cooper Kupp." It could be Kupp's teammate. He's going in the same round that Kupp was in last year. Got the same upgrade in quarterback/coaching. If you're looking for a slam dunk WR2 price that could finish as WR1 by the end of the season with a great Week 17 matchup (Los Angeles Chargers vs. Los Angeles Rams). Look no further; Robinson is that guy, and lightning might strike twice for the Los Angeles Rams.
Jalen Tolbert, Dallas Cowboys
Underdog ADP - 139 (WR62)
RTSports ADP - 200.34 (WR67)
Last week's article referenced avoiding the wide receivers currently in unknown situations. One of my highlights was over Michael Gallup. Gallup has come out and said that he would likely not be ready for Week 1. This is a detrimental hit to too many Best Ball teams. Hundreds of thousands of drafts have occurred, and people took Gallup in an average range of ADP 90 - 130. With the news officially out there, let's focus on Jalen Tolbert's the main beneficiary.
Why I'm Buying Tolbert
Tolbert is walking into a prime situation, he isn't an Alpha athlete, but at the same time, he doesn't need to be. He gets to step into a secondary role vacated by Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson, and Michael Gallup. His only real competition is a veteran wide receiver James Washington who recently had minimal success with the Pittsburgh Steelers and tight-end Dalton Schultz.
Dak Prescott had a strong season last year and is one year removed from his injury. I expect Prescott to have better efficiency and to continue to throw the ball at 600 attempts a season. Tolbert is in line to get approximately 90+ targets this season, which keeps him in line for fantasy relevancy as a WR3/4 in fantasy with potential boom weeks. This is much better than his WR60+ draft value.
Corey Davis, New York Jets
Underdog ADP - 139 (WR74)
RTSports ADP - 216 (WR77)
Corey Davis's 2021 season debut as a New York Jet didn't go as expected. He was brought in to be the WR1 for a rookie quarterback. Due to setbacks and injuries, he hasn't lived up to his current contract. I expect Davis to take a step back as the team's WR1 and move into the WR2/WR3 depth chart. This may seem like a downgrade, but I have pointed it out with Jalen Tolbert. Some players are better in lesser roles, and Davis is one of those guys.
Why I'm Buying Davis
Davis is a player we call "better in Best Ball." He has some inconsistencies, whether it was his QB play or health concerns, but he can put up substantial fantasy numbers whenever he is on the field. Davis only played eight full games last season but could muster four spike weeks. This means that 50% of the time, Davis was contributing to fantasy teams with a modest point range of 12 to 23 points.
As long as Davis can stay on the field and continues to build chemistry with QB Zach Wilson I expect him to be an every-week boom or bust. Davis has thrived as a severe over-the-middle threat with his 4.40 speed and 6"3 frame; he doesn't need to get many receptions. He just needs the targets. Unfortunately, due to the Jets' poor roster, I expect them to be in weekly garbage situations. This will allow Davis to beat ADP and even finish as a fantasy WR3.
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