Top 5 Waiver Wire Receivers
Sept 7th, 2016
I finished my last draft Sunday night and, in customary fashion, my best friend immediately told me how bad my draft was and how it blows his mind that even one person could be a fan of the podcast I host. Now this is all in good fun and jest and I know he actually appreciates my knowledge of fantasy football, but it made me think: what if I wasn’t confident in my team? What if I auto drafted a team that I couldn’t get behind or due to how players fell, I ended up with a team that I didn’t think could hold its own? How would I improve my team before the season starts? Here are my Top 5 wide receivers that are owned in 50% or less in most leagues and could improve your team in the long haul.
Mohamed Sanu - Standing at 6-2, the 27 year old Sanu looks to have a huge bounce back season after losing receptions to Marvin Jones last year. 2013 was the first time we'd seen Sanu as a true number two next to a top five receiver. He posted 56 receptions for 790 yards, but only two touchdowns. Now, being the number two for Atlanta next to Julio Jones, I expect Sanu to not only reflect his 2013 season, but to improve on those numbers. This late round flier could add nice wide receiver depth to your team as a bye week fill in and decent flex option. I project Sanu to be a safe wide receiver 3.
Chris Hogan - Slotted in the depth chart behind Danny Amendola, (who has only played one full season in the last four years) Chris Hogan fits the mold of stereotypical Patriots' wide receiver. With 77 receptions for 846 yards during his tenure with the Bills, Hogan looks to put up decent sleeper numbers with big boom potential. I don’t think it would come as much of a surprise if Hogan actually beat out Amandola for the job. If Julian Edelman goes down again, Hogan will be in line for a major work-load. With potentially only one (if Amandola drops in the depth chart) injury prone player in front of him in Edelman, Hogan is a great stash that adds decent depth in any deep league.
Tajae Sharpe - The 6-2 rookie is in line to see the majority of the targets with the Titans this year. Coming off his final year of college at Umass, he brought down 111 passes for 1300 yards and five touchdowns. Already seen as the number one receiver on the Titans roster, he was targeted in over half of all passes Mariota threw in two preseason games. Catching 8 passes for 103 yards while being touted as 'explosive' with fantastic route running, Tajae should be an instant wr3 on almost any fantasy roster. He's got the potential to break into the wide receiver 2 rankings. In my opinion, Tajae will end up being a must-own player by the end of the season.
Will Fuller - Coming off a huge final season with Notre Dame pulling in 62 receptions for 1258 yards and 14 touchdowns, he is slated to fit in perfectly with Houston, playing second fiddle to DeAndre Hopkins. Not much is known on how well Brock Osweiler will be as a starter, but if the preseason is any indication, Fuller is in for a great rookie season. Preason stats include 8 receptions for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fuller's got secondary burning speed and could give your team some serious upside potential in the flex spot.
Tyler Boyd - Boyd is the third rookie and last player on my list. That doesn’t mean I like him any less than the others. Currently listed as the third wide receiver on the Bengals depth chart, Tyler Boyd is on the fast track to be the number 2 with only aging Brandon Lafell in front of him. He’s looked good this preseason hauling in 5 catches for 92 yards. He’s a solid pick up if you don’t feel good about your current wide outs. Let’s not forget that the Bengals enjoy spreading the ball and, given the chance, I believe that Tyler could mimic Marvin Jones’s 2015 season of 65 receptions for 816 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Those are my Thoughts from The Shed for today. Next time I will feature high upside rb’s that may have slipped through the cracks. Thank you for taking the time to read my article and good luck this fantasy season.
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