From Investopedia, emphasis mine:
Arbitrage is the simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset to profit from a difference in the price. It is a trade that profits by exploiting the price differences of identical or similar financial instruments on different markets or in different forms. Arbitrage exists as a result of market inefficiencies.
In other words, arbitrage is finding a useful discount by plucking high-level assets at mid-level cost – certainly less than what other, less-informed consumers are paying for their (similar) assets. It’s striking gold at far, far below gold prices.
We all love discounts, and in fantasy football, we need them. Leagues aren’t typically won and lost by the owners who identify the “correct” top-3 wide receiver with their first pick. They’re more often decided by those who mine WR1 production in Round 5 and WR2 production in Round 8. Identifying the cheap studs – and the expensive underperformers – is essential.
With that in mind, let’s look at the three arbitrage plays that stick out most to me at the wideout position, based on ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator. Remember, the key here isn’t merely to find production – it’s to find it cheaper than most are forced (willing?) to pay.