With everyone chasing the “Zero RB” strategy, wide receivers are leaving the board quickly. In order to be happy with our roster construction, it’ll be crucial to target undervalued receivers. Here are a few names to consider when drafting in the middle to late rounds:
1. Donte Moncrief (ADP 49) is going to be a stud in the NFL one day. I had the chance to watch some film on him and came away very impressed. His natural size at 6-2, 180 pounds combined with the 4.4 speed he displays, makes it very difficult for cornerbacks to match up with him. Moncrief is fantastic against press coverage and has the skill to high point every pass. The Colts ability to consistently scheme up ways to get the ball in Donte’s hands, was very encouraging on tape. However, skill doesn’t always translate to fantasy, so why am I so interested in his draft value? Management addressed the O-Line issues and QB Andrew Luck is fully healthy, which should only help the values of the receiving core. The colts lost a combined 162 targets by letting Coby Fleener and Andre Johnson walk. If Moncrief happens to absorb 33% of those targets, we can assume a baseline projection of 150 targets for a receiver going in the late 4th round with Andrew Luck as his quarterback. I could justify selecting Moncrief as early as the 3rd round.
2. With the news that Stevie Johnson tore his meniscus, we can now safely select Travis Benjamin as a WR 4 with upside. He excels in stretching the field, but Matt Harmon (Backyard Banter) also charted him as a fantastic route runner. His two best routes against press coverage include the post and the slant. This is important because his strengths fit the Chargers offensive scheme well. Phillip Rivers thrives in the intermediate passing game and Benjamin should be a big part of that. The Chargers attempted to fix their O-Line and should once again be in the lead for the most pass attempts in the league. With and ADP of 119, Benjamin is being selected way too late.
3. One of my favorite receivers to target is Kamar Aiken simply because of the uncertainty surrounding the Ravens receiving core. 36-year-old Steve Smith coming off of a torn Achilles, 31-year-old Mike Wallace, and the injured Breshad Perriman are the only receivers in Aiken’s way this season. Question marks with the running game and the high volume passing attack should make Aiken a solid fantasy scorer throughout the season. According to reports, Kamar Aiken has entered training camp as the No. 2 receiver and has made “several big plays” in the first couple days of practice. Offensive Coordinator, Marc Trestman, has ranked in the top half of the NFL in pass attempts all 10 years as a play caller. Also, In games that Steve Smith missed last season, Aiken was a top 20 scorer in 5 of the 8 weeks. I love his high floor and ceiling at his current ADP of 125.