Wide out depth in 2016 tells us fantasy owners should be me more focused on taking running backs early on in your drafts, however, if you have a chance to get a super star receiver early like Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, or Odell Beckham Jr, you take them with confidence. Although you will have to focus heavily on running backs for the next few rounds to ensure that you have a well rounded roster with plenty of depth to get you through a gruelling NFL season that is capable of with standing a few injuries to key players. So if you’re one of the owners seeking productive wide receiver’s later on in your draft we got you covered with some sleeper values that can round out your roster into a championship caliber team..
John Brown (ADP 71)
How John Brown’s average draft position is only at 71 is beyond me with Brown having a solid year in 2015 and generating 65 receptions for 1000 yards 7 touchdowns, if not for a few BIG drops on wide open bombs from quarterback Carson Palmer he would have had an even bigger year. With the unexpected emergence of what was the Cardinals prolific aerial assault, it was able to sustain outstanding production from THREE wide receivers last year but Brown was easily the most explosive and fun to watch, burning secondary’s while running down the deep ball. Palmer, who was one of the NFL’s best in passes of 15 plus yards, look for them to continue making big plays in 2016. With an ADP of 71, Brown has a solid chance to be one of the best bottom 100 players in the draft that is not at quarterback position.
Marvin Jones (ADP 95)
Jones finished with career highs in receptions 65, rec yards 816, total snaps 925, and targets 93, all while playing behind AJ Green in a limited passing offense. Now in Detroit, he enters into a situation with the Lions that will give him every opportunity (with Calvin Johnson now retired) to show us that he can be one of the NFL’s best wide receivers in a lead role because he certainly has the talent. Golden Tate played well last year and on paper right now has the number one receiver spot but Jones’ talent is far superior to that of the aging veteran and could easily emerge as the number one wide out on the Lions depth chart. Make Jones one of your HIGHEST priorities late in your draft and with his ADP AT 95, you could even draft him in the 70’s if John Brown is already off the board, I am that confident in his ability in this offense, and if everything comes to fruition in Motown he could finish as a top 10 WR this year.
Corey Coleman (ADP 105)
There’s not many potential number one wide receivers in the NFL ranked outside of the top 100 but Coleman may end up being one that could produce very well considering his draft position even though the odds are stacked against him in Cleveland as a rookie. He has a unique blend of speed, route running, and decent hands, Coleman was also pretty durable in college catching 20 touchdowns from 3 different QB’s his last year with the Baylor Bears. Now that RG3 has been given the keys to the car, he does have some stability (for now) on who will be throwing him passes this year. Although I think Josh McCown would be better suited to his play style he still is a special talent even with the enormous task in front of him as a rookie. With that being said, there is surely to be some growing pains to expect but his current ADP feel confident taking Coleman in keeper leagues with the mindset of what his potential can be in the future, although I believe he will be a useful selection to keep on your bench with a wait and see approach.
Markus Wheaton (ADP 113)
The suspension littered Steelers have holes to fill in their quest trying to fill voids left by LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant. In comes Markus Wheaton, a guy who played well as the Steelers 5th option in the passing game last year, somehow amassing 749 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Pretty damn good considering his minimal use over the course of 2015. With an ADP of 113, Wheaton appears to be making a case to be a must owned player, not only to provide solid depth and a bye week fill in for the position, but as a receiver who has the potential of being a number 2 in the Steelers high powered offense and far exceeding his draft position.
Travis Benjamin (ADP 127)
Benjamin is probably the least talked about reciever who ALMOST hit 1,000 yards receiving (966) from last season but the more impressive thing here is, achieving that number total on a Browns offense that had a terrible QB situation. Travis has since relocated his talents to San Diego where he immediately slides into the number 2 reciever slot on the depth chart behind the INJURY PRONE Keenan Allen, with Malcom Floyd retiring and Stevie Johnson suffering a bad injury in training camp, he should be able to easily build on his career high in touchdowns (5) in 2015 and with an ADP of 127 he could be a very intriguing option in the back end of fantasy drafts this year.
Author: Shaun Bo