With calendars firmly in August, we can officially take ADP seriously and focus our efforts on drafting championship fantasy football teams. A large part of that effort includes identifying late-rounders that could establish themselves as key pieces of our teams. You can call them sleepers if you want, but in today’s culture of excessive information, I’d say that title jumped the shark years ago.
To clarify the process for the players in question, I decided to route everything through PPR scoring. The reason for that decision is built on our Post-2016 survey, in which approximately 60 percent of you said your league utilizes PPR scoring. So when I refer to Player A as WR36, it means WR36 in PPR scoring during Weeks 1-16, unless otherwise noted.
Regarding the concept of what qualifies as a “late round wide receiver”, I took the standpoint of 12-team leagues, with the 10th round being the cutoff. That’s not necessary an arbitrary number. After 10 rounds, the core of your roster is set and you are merely drafting depth. So it’s fair to say players chosen in the 11th round or later qualify as late-round selections. The number by each player’s name is where they are being selected at their position per our consensus ADP for PPR leagues.
Now that we have politics out of the way, let’s dive in!
Rishard Matthews – WR49
The stars aligned for Matthews in the 2016 season. Marcus Mariota played like a veteran and kept the offense upright, Kendall Wright’s lack of production phased him out of the offense, the running game demanded honesty from opposing pass-rushers, and injuries across the board provided additional playing time.