FOOTBALL IS ALMOST FINALLY HERE!!! The dog days of summer is not just a term for baseball players; it's what football fans and fantasy addicts have been feeling since OTA's. And now we are just one week away from the REAL THING!!! I had my first of four seasonal fantasy drafts last night, and want to share some insights with my friends here at Big Blue View.
Before I get started, I wanted to remind you all that Fanduel regular season DFS contests start next Thursday. I will be writing a weekly DFS article, highlighting the weekly value picks, and my roster for every weekend's big tournament. Remember, the best part about daily fantasy football is you get to construct your own fresh lineup EVERY WEEKEND!
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My biggest takeaway from my recent draft is the depth at WR. We all like to get the big name horses like ODB and Dez, but the reality is that there are so many good options going much later in the draft. Below are a few of my favorite later round targets at WR:
Charles Johnson, WR, MIN
The new "CJ" is Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target, in an offense that has shown vast improvement since Teddy's first start as a rookie. AP returning will only open up the passing game for the Vikes, and I think CJ is the main beneficiary. Mike Wallace is in town, and will certainly syphon targets, but CJ is the real deal.
John Brown, WR, MIN
"Smokey" Brown had some of the most exciting TDs of any WR last year, inlcuding FOUR game-winning TDs for the Cardinals. A small WR from a small school (Pittsburgh State), Brown has gained 15 pounds of muscle this offseason, and lived with his QB Carson Palmer during OTAs. With Michael Floyd's hand injury and Larry Fitzgerald's decline, Brown has all the makings of a big year in the desert.
Allen Robinson, WR, JAX
ARob has the "look" of a top WR1 in the NFL. Tall, fast, strong, and can jump out of the stadium. In that Julio Jones mold, the sky is the limit for Robinson. Admittedly a lot will depend on Blake Bortles progression into year two, but I think this sophomore WR will be a target vacuum on a team that will routinely be playing from behind. Sign me up.
Devin Funchess, WR, CAR
I know, I know, a LOT of risk with a rookie WR who is being thrown into the WR1 spot on a shaky offense. Not as talented as Kelvin Benjamin, but almost as big, Funchess is the new big target for Cam Newton. He will surely soak up targets on a team with arguably the worst WR corp in the NFL, so you have to love him at his current ADP of 117.
My favorite reason to love these WR as mid-round values; go checkout the RBs being drafted in similar rounds.....NO THANKS!!!