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.
They gave us 33 names. That's a lot.
If you want all of the players, keep on reading. If you just want the top guys, here are the six players who received the most votes:
- Terry McLaurin, Washington - 5 votes
- Marquise Brown, Baltimore - 4 votes
- Brandin Cooks, Houston - 4 votes
- Jarvis Landry, Cleveland - 4 votes
- JuJu Smith-Schuster - 4 votes
- Preston Williams - 4 votes
NOTE: We know all these different opinions can be a lot. And certainly, not everyone agrees on everything.
If you want to cut straight to the chase and get our "Bottom Line" for where we project every player right down to the last yard, you can see that here. That's our Bottom Line and where we plant the Footballguys Flag for all these players.
If you'd like to see more detail about how the staff sees different players, here is every wide receiver who was mentioned and the reasons why.
Player Receiving 5 Votes
Terry McLaurin, Washington
Jeff Haseley: Terry McLaurin is capable of much more than he showed last year. We see receivers emerge and then explode the next year often and McLaurin is in a perfect setting for that to occur. He is the clear receiving threat on Washington and let's not forget Dwayne Haskins knows him since their days at Ohio State. There is virtually no tight end threat to minimize McLaurin's targets. Washington may not have the best offense, but it would be shocking if McLaurin wasn't targeted at least eight times per game, if not more. He has a top-15 upside that you can draft at a discount.
Ryan Hester: Sure, his quarterback and offensive situation will be bad. But they were bad last year as well when McLaurin surprised everyone with a rookie year output of 59 catches, 919 yards, and 7 touchdowns. McLaurin has even less proven competition for targets this season, and he has a college connection with Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State. Washington games won't be pretty, but McLaurin will put up a consistent, volume-driven floor with the chance for a ceiling game at any given time due to his explosiveness.
Dan Hindery: McLaurin put up 919 yards and 7 touchdowns as a rookie in just 14 games. The numbers are impressive without context but really pop when you consider just how poor the passing offense was. Washington finished dead last in the NFL with just 175.8 passing yards per game. McLaurin is currently priced as if the top receiver in a passing offense that will again be inept. There is no downside given how secure his lead role. However, there is a significant upside if the Washington offense takes a step forward. Dwayne Haskins showed some flashes in the final two games of his rookie season and has worked hard on his physical conditioning this offseason. If Haskins takes even a modest step forward, McLaurin has legitimate WR1 upside.
Justin Howe: Drafters don't really know what to do with McLaurin, and that's fair. In an offense that could border on the putrid, failing to meet his lofty rookie standards wouldn't be a huge surprise. He falls into a big pool of gifted young wideouts in flawed situations still being sorted out. But McLaurin was sensational as a rookie, improving with quarterback Dwayne Haskins as the season wore on. There's little not to like - he's big, speedy, and has tremendous burst after the catch. There's WR1 upside in play if the Washington offense shows anything at all.
Danny Tuccitto: Despite being a rookie on a bottom-shelf pass offense with mediocre-at-best quarterback play, McLaurin still enters 2020 as one of only 14 wide receivers returning to their same team who rank among the Top 25 in both True Yards per Route Run (19th) and True Touchdowns per Route Run (23rd). In addition, McLaurin will benefit from having Dwayne Haskins as his full-time quarterback rather than Case Keenum, though not (just) because of a college teammate narrative. Rather, Haskins' True average Depth of Target (9.2) was nearly a full yard higher than Keenum's (8.3), and is, therefore, a much better fit to McLaurin's 22nd-ranked True aDOT (14.0).
Players Receiving 4 Votes
Marquise Brown, Baltimore
Phil Alexander: The term "league-winner" gets thrown around a lot in fantasy football, but it applies to Brown in 2020. After watching what he accomplished last year as a rookie without a preseason, playing hurt, and on limited snaps, he may have the highest weekly ceiling of any receiver in the NFL in a full-time role. Sure, he'll disappear in a few games where the Ravens dominate with their defense and running game, but how many other WR3s can win your weekly matchup single-handedly? Take him ahead of ADP and pray his 180-pound frame can hold up for the full season.
Sigmund Bloom: When you consider that Brown was never 100% last year, he becomes a much more exciting player to draft. The Ravens offense is going to create multiple big-play opportunities for Brown every game because they force defenses to overplay the run, and Brown could easily have a similar impact in both NFL and fantasy terms as Tyreek Hill.
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