As we approach the Fantasy Football season, we will see similar rankings everywhere we look. This can become a problem because not many Fantasy Football players are willing to go against the grain and reach on a player who may have a breakout year. In this article, I am going to give you 5 WR’s that I believe are currently being overlooked and should be drafted higher once your draft rolls around.
- Keenan Allen – WR, San Diego Chargers
Having only played 8 games in the 2015 season cut short by a lacerated kidney, Keenan Allen managed to haul in 67 receptions for over 700 yards and 4 TDs. Implying that he was on pace for 134 receptions on the year, putting him just behind Antonio Brown and Julio Jones (136). Additionally, he managed 12 or more catches in 3 of the 8 games he played. To put this into perspective, among top tier receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson, Brandon Marshall, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, and Odell Beckham Jr., only one managed a 12+ reception game (Brandon Marshall Week 12 @ NYG). These numbers put Keenan Allen on an elite level heading into the 2016 season. The Chargers also brought in help on the other side by signing Travis Benjamin in the offseason. With Benjamin being a deep threat, this should give Allen even more looks underneath to pick up right where he left off. He is fresh off of a new 4-year deal and says he is 100% healthy and ready to go. There is no reason that Keenan Allen shouldn’t be able to finish in the top ten this season given he plays all 16 games.
- Julian Edelman – WR, New England Patriots
I think Julian Edelman’s situation is very similar to Keenan Allen’s. They were both battling injury last year, and in a very limited season, both put up great fantasy numbers. Edelman played 9 games last season and caught 61 passes for just under 700 yards and 7 TDs. His two playoff games that he played in were even more impressive as he caught 17 passes on 29 targets for over 150 yards on his bad foot! Even though I am a little bit more hesitant on Edelman coming back from his foot injury, the Patriots seem very optimistic that he will be ready to go by the time the season starts. He is just a target machine and every fantasy football player is just waiting for him to play a full 16 game season. The last time he did play a healthy season was back in 2013 where he caught over 100 passes and 6 TDs. Even though the risk does come with Edelman, he has a very high floor and you know exactly what you’re getting from him when he is on the field.
- Golden Tate – WR, Detroit Lions
This is the one player I see late in every draft that I look at and ask myself “how is he still here?” When I saw the news on the Calvin Johnson retirement, the first thing I thought about was how much this benefits Golden Tate in the pass heavy offense of Jim Bob Cooter. When Cooter took over in week 8 of the 2015 season, Tate capped off the season with 56 catches to go along with 5 Touchdowns in his last 9 games. He has also been very reliable as he has yet to miss a game since he was in Seattle during the 2012 NFL season. I still think many people are forgetting about what Tate did during the three-game stretch in 2014 when Calvin Johnson was out due to injury. In just 3 games, Tate caught 24 passes for 349 yards and 2 TDs. Golden Tate is a much different player when Calvin Johnson is off the field and Matthew Stafford will be looking his way. Stafford knows he can trust Tate and I really do not think that Marvin Jones will be a factor in the offense. Tate will see the most targets in the Motor City this year and it should be fun to see what he can do with Megatron off the field. It’s Tate’s time to shine.
- Jarvis Landry – WR, Miami Dolphins
Landry is another player who I believe is ranked far too low based off of his recent production. He is another guy who knows how to stay on the field and give you a high floor. However, I think Landry has much higher value in a PPR league as opposed to a standard league. It is very easy to overlook the fact that Landry reeled in 110 catches last season due to the lack of Touchdowns that he scores (4). He is a player that is always on the bubble in a standard league because he sees so many targets but fails to put up the fantasy points that we would like to see out of him. However, in a PPR league, he is easily in the top 15 for me. Even with DeVante Parker back I still do not see Landry slowing down much. He saw the 6th most targets in the league last year with 165, which was ahead of Odell Beckham Jr., Allen Robinson, and A.J. Green. Touchdowns will come for Landry so don’t let that hold you back from selecting him a little higher than some people may project him.
- Tavon Austin – WR, Los Angeles Rams
I understand that this is a very unappealing name when it comes to fantasy football, but hear me out. The Rams are in a new city, they have a new fan base, and a young rookie quarterback in Jared Goff who they hope is the answer. Tavon is a very versatile weapon and can get you fantasy points from many different areas. Even though he only had 52 receptions last season, you have to remember that he was on a Rams team who could not find a quarterback and Tavon still produced. He totaled 9 touchdowns (5 receiving, 4 rushing) and just over 900 total yards of offense (473 receiving, 434 rushing). He showed us last year that he is able to break loose on any given play whether it is on the ground or through the air. Many defenses are going to key in on 2nd year running back Todd Gurley and this should give Tavon Austin many good looks from all over the field. Jeff Fisher had also said in an interview that he expects Tavon to double his reception number from last season which would put him over 100 receptions. That might be a bit too bold of a statement for me but I won’t put anything past him. He is the clear cut #1 receiving option in L.A. and I always like to target the top option, especially one with this much upside. This a whole new setting for this team and I love the position that Tavon Austin is in this season.