Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers to Target in Later Rounds
Every year in fantasy football proves that later rounds are where you get the most value out of the draft. It is important to study which players are going in later rounds and make the best pick possible. Many players who become breakouts during the season often are those players who went unnoticed in fantasy football drafts.
This year there is true value at the wide receiver position, perhaps in my opinion more than any other position. Hopefully this article will help lean you in the direction of the following receivers who have the potential for breakout seasons.
Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
This undrafted free agent has been a dependable receiver for the Dolphins since 2008. Every year in the NFL he has improved his numbers, 2008 (554 yards, 1 TD), 2009 (758 yards, 2 TD), and 2010 (820 yards, 5 TD). The Dolphins rely on Bess to break open games, stretch the field in the slot position,and perform punt return duties from time to time.
He is a workhorse and playmaker who would be excellent to snag in a later round and place on your bench. This year Bess should improve even further and become a top target for quarterback Chad Henne in the Dolphins quest to become a playoff team.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Last year, Danny Amendola quickly became a known player in the St.Louis Rams' offense. Early in the season, Mark Clayton received most of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford's attention until Clayton suffered a season ending patella tendon injury. The attention of Bradford quickly shifted to Amendola who ended the season as St. Louis' top receiver with 689 yards and three TDs along with Amendola contributing over 1,000 yards on kick returns.
While Amendola is likely to see less work on special teams, he will step up his work in becoming a top receiver in St.Louis. Expect his numbers to improve in Josh McDaniels' new offense and with Mike Sims-Walker on the opposite side for opposing defenses to focus on.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons knew exactly who they were targeting in the 2011 NFL draft by trading up from pick 27 to six. So far in preseason the Falcons have demonstrated to the rest of the league why they coveted Jones. Jones has the luxury of playing with a talented playoff team like the Falcons who should help him become a playmaker.
This season expect Jones to have a solid rookie year worthy enough to be picked especially in a later round. With Matt Ryan throwing him the football and a receiver like Roddy White on the other side of the field and mentoring Jones, Jones should have one of the best fantasy rookie campaigns this year.
Mike Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
Last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mike Thomas was the No. 2 wide receiver, but ended up out-performing Jacksonville's No.1 Mike Sims-Walker. Thomas had an excellent year ending with 820 yards and four touchdowns. Clearly last season proved that Thomas is ready to become the top target on the team.
This year the Jaguars put their faith in Thomas also by letting Mike Sims-Walker go to another team leaving Thomas as their official No.1 wide receiver. Despite him poised for a breakout season, Thomas has been going in later rounds in many fantasy football drafts. Put your trust in Thomas and place him at the very least on your bench because he will be a viable option as a WR2 or WR3 on your fantasy team.
Lee Evans, Baltimore Ravens
Lee Evans' career seemed to be at a standstill with the Buffalo Bills. Evans was considered a top wide receiver up until 2009 when it seemed he started to take a step backward. Last season, Evans became second fiddle to receiver Steve Johnson and eventually ended the season on a low note with an ankle injury that ended his season.
This year, Evans has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens and it seems like the old Lee Evans is back so far. In preseason, Evans has been the Ravens top producing receiver with 128 yards and a touchdown. Evans also has an advantage because top Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin will have the focus of opposing defenses leaving a talented Evans to get more of an advantage. Evans should have a successful season and produce a great duo with Boldin. If you can get Lee Evans in the draft in a later round, I implore you to do so.