24 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

Keke Coutee, Houston

Drew Davenport: Based on his flashes of brilliance, Will Fuller V rightfully gets the favor from fantasy owners as the second guy to own behind DeAndre Hopkins in fantasy drafts. But the fact is, in the couple games when Coutee played last year at the same time that Fuller did, Coutee was the one getting the targets. The rookie was never right with his hamstring during his inaugural season, and it ended up being mostly a wash, but he is reportedly healthy and ready to go this year. The gamble on him later in the draft is a cheap one, and if he emerges as the short game threat that can help neutralize the poor Texans' offensive line he could be in line for a big year. It wouldn't be surprising to see Coutee's ADP rise with a buzzy camp, so get him super late while you can.

Jeff Haseley: When active, Coutee is a key contributor on offense and is often the hot read for Deshaun Watson. In a recent interview, Watson said Coutee is playing with a lot more confidence and is "playing a lot faster". He Added "anytime he's on the field you have to find a way to get him the ball. You never know what he's going to do with the ball in his hands". If Coutee remains healthy he can develop into a fantasy-relevant wide receiver on a team loaded with offensive weapons.

Matt Waldman: Coutee has impressed the Texans staff this spring with his improvement as a route runner and student of the game. With Will Fuller V coming off an ACL tear and Coutee's hamstring healthy, expect more vertical plays for Coutee from the slot. He's a worthwhile candidate for making a significant leap in fantasy production because he was already productive as a short-range slot receiver while playing hurt throughout his rookie year.

Jason Wood: Coutee was hamstrung by his hamstring last year, but that presents a value arbitrage opportunity as everyone fixates on Will Fuller V. Coutee didn’t get on the field under Week Four but delivered with 16 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown over his first two NFL games. He reinjured the hamstring and once again fell into relative obscurity. It was a disappointing first year for a team in playoff contention in spite of a paper-thin receiving corps. With one of the league’s best quarterbacks at the helm, a healthy Coutee can be a 10+ target safety valve who pairs up perfectly with DeAndre Hopkins’ downfield wizardry.

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