25 Value Plays at Wide Receiver

The Footballguys staff finds value at the wide receiver position

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the Top 150 and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

Players Receiving 4 Votes

Corey Davis, Tennessee

Andy Hicks: Corey Davis was drafted where only elite receivers are selected, with the fifth overall pick of the 2017 draft. In an offense which has struggled to pass the ball, Davis has developed well and looked a clear future elite receiver. Last year he was almost a one-man show, with constant attention from elite defensive backs and any other receiver that was perceived as a threat, injured or gone. This year the Titans have taken Adam Humphries in free agency, A.J. Brown in the draft and Delanie Walker returns from injury, as well as upgrading the backup spot at quarterback. It is obvious that Corey Davis has fantasy elite written all over him. With his current draft slot, he is an absolute steal and has almost no downside. Rare for a pick in the first six rounds.

Dwain McFarland: Davis is an afterthought currently in the fantasy community. He is in an offense that is run-centric. He is in an offense that added Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown during the offseason, plus gets Delanie Walker back from injury. Fortunately, that is all baked into his current ADP, which leaves room for a solid return on investment from a still-ascending player.

Chad Parsons: Davis had a low-level breakout in 2018 despite being non-optimized in a struggling Tennessee passing game. 2019 is a make-or-break season for Marcus Mariota, where if he struggles, expect to see Ryan Tannehill under center before the year is out. Davis' historical comps entering Year 3 point to WR1 upside on the fantasy front and he can be had for ancillary receiver draft position in the typical fantasy league.

Daniel Simpkins: Davis had his best year to date, which is impressive when you consider that for the majority of the season he was without his quarterback and the other two best receiving options for the Titans. With Delanie Walker back and with Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown added to support Davis, the offense as a whole should function better, which bodes well for Davis’ chances to record his first 1,000-yard season. Even if Mariota gets hurt again, the team now has Ryan Tannehill, who is a similar quarterback and can be just as serviceable in sustaining the fantasy values of this team’s offensive options.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay

Ryan Hester: It’s rare to find a starting receiver on a team quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers this late in fantasy drafts. Even if Geronimo Allison stays ahead of Valdes-Scantling on the depth chart, Green Bay will employ enough three-receiver sets that the second-year man will still be on the field plenty. Anyone playing more than half of the offensive snaps and seeing targets from Rodgers should demand the attention of fantasy GMs.

Dwain McFarland: Thus far, Valdes-Scantling has the number two role locked down. With all of the 12 and 21 personnel Matt LaFleur deploys, he will likely find himself as the second most targeted player on the team behind DeVante Adams. Geronimo Allison will be more dependent on game scripts and situation when the Packers are in 11 personnel. Aaron Rodgers is always looking for the big play, and Valdes-Scantling can deliver in that department. I don't have a must-draft list but if I did Valdes-Scantling would be on it.

Jeff Pasquino: Any target of Aaron Rodgers has a strong chance to become a good fantasy value. Davante Adams is pushing for the top wide receiver status this year as a result, but what about Rodgers’ throws that are not targeting Adams this season? The starting wide receiver opposite of Adams should have a lot of fantasy value, as Green Bay’s receivers had 383 targets last year (Adams had 169). That is over 200 targets to go around, and Randall Cobb (61 targets in 2018) is now in Dallas. Valdes-Scantling (72), Equanimeous St. Brown (36) and Geronimo Allison (30) split most of the rest, with upstart Jake Kamerow (11) only seeing very limited action. While many are talking about Allison as the likely WR2, “MVS” was getting snaps at the starter WR2 spot in June minicamps. Taking Valdes-Scantling as your fantasy WR5 could mean getting a strong part of the Green Bay Packer passing game at a huge bargain.

Matt Waldman: Tall, strong, and extremely fast, Valdes-Scantling also displayed flashes of advanced route running last year. He’s a fast learner and his coaches and teammates have already noted his continued fast-track development this spring and summer—most notably Aaron Rodgers. Valdes-Scantling has locked down the No.2 role opposite Davante Adams and he should benefit greatly from single coverage opportunities for much of the season.

Players Receiving 3 Votes

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