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ADP 6.02, Current Position Rank: 11
Grade A: Since most fantasy leagues are 10 or 12 teams nowadays, we consider the top 12 receivers to WR No. 1’s. Maclin represents great value since he was the 25th WR off the board. On average, he was selected as a third WR for teams or a WR No. 2 at best.
Wise fantasy GMs realized he was a top 15 fantasy receiver last year and took advantage of the fact that Desean Jackson is overrated as a fantasy WR and the mystery that swirled around Jeremy Maclin and his health in the preseason to get a draft day steal. Maclin has more catches (37) than any receiver not named Wes Welker.
Maclin is a picture of consistency. He’ll rarely throw in a clunker, and he’ll occasionally post eye-popping numbers like he did in Week 2 (13/171/2). He’s actually a WR No. 2 because he won’t win you games on his own the way Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Andre Johnson. Conversely, he’s not hit or miss the way Desean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Roddy White and other “home-run hitters” tend to be boom or bust.
Expect him to finish in the top 15 at wide receiver and try to take advantage of the fact that he still has a lower perceived than actual value. See if you can land him on your team and enjoy owning one of the most consistent fantasy options in the NFL.
Comparable Fantasy Options: Stevie Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Miles Austin.