Daily Fantasy Football 2015: DFS Sleeper WRs to Target Early This Season
There's arguably no other position in fantasy football with more opportunity to hit the jackpot on sleeper picks than wide receiver. The increasingly pass-happy nature of today's NFL, inevitable injuries and roster shakeups have upped that even more as the 2015 season approaches.
From young stud athletes hoping to make a big impression to notable veterans changing locations, there are bountiful options to pepper your daily fantasy lineups with low-salary wideouts sure to get their share of targets. While nabbing a big-money guy like Dez Bryant or Odell Beckham Jr. may be a must for some weekends, similar output can be found deep down the list.
DraftKings has already dropped Week 1 pricing for every receiver as the opening week of the preseason gets underway, so let's take a glance at a handful of sleepers to keep an eye on from the get-go.
Greg Jennings, Miami Dolphins ($4,300)
After an unsuccessful stint with the Minnesota Vikings, veteran wideout Greg Jennings landed in South Beach over the offseason and finds himself in position to be Ryan Tannehill's No. 1 guy from the very beginning.
Unfortunately for the Miami Dolphins, that has as much to do with injury troubles as it does with Jennings' own play. Two other new additions, Kenny Stills and rookie first-round pick DeVante Parker, have been held out for much of training camp, while Parker is expected to miss most of the preseason, ESPN's James Walker reported.
As Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel noted on Twitter, Jennings is one of just a few Dolphins receivers currently healthy on a list featuring Jarvis Landry, Michael Preston and a few other largely unproven players. The 31-year-old still has plenty of football left in him and isn't far removed from his 1,000-yard seasons with Green Bay, so expect Tannehill to revitalize Jennings' career early in the 2015 season.
The Dolphins open up Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, a team with a secondary capable of being gashed by Jennings and company.
Josh Huff, Philadelphia Eagles ($3,000)
His impact over his 2014 rookie season leaves a lot to be desired, but Josh Huff looks poised for a breakout as one of the Philadelphia Eagles' primary offensive options in the wake of Jeremy Maclin's departure.
They will be huge shoes to fill early on for the second-year pro out of Oregon, but few of Chip Kelly's attacking weapons know his system better, and frankly, few players in the league fit the system better. He's been turning heads throughout training camp, drawing praise from ESPN's Louis Riddick as well as his own coaches.
He had just eight receptions as a rookie, but the roster has opened up for more playing time for Huff. The speedster is likely to line up opposite Jordan Matthews as one of Sam Bradford's main targets.
With a minimum salary of $3,000 to start out the season and opening up against an Atlanta Falcons squad that ranked 26th against opposing receivers in 2014, Huff could explode right off the bat.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans ($5,100)
Nate Washington is gone, Justin Hunter is still working his way back into good graces and Dorial Green-Beckham will have his fair share of inevitable growing pains. As for Kendall Wright, he's a safe bet to become the Tennessee Titans' No. 1 option in the passing game.
Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota will be thrown into the fire from Week 1, leaving him to rely on his most trusted wideouts who have proven the most capable of separating throughout training camp. There's no doubt that's Wright, who has impressed early in 2015, as 247Sports' Terry McCormick reported.
"Kendall Wright had a really good spring, really did a nice job, and you can see that carrying over. I like that,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said, per McCormick. “I think that Kendall’s hopefully going to have a big year, and he’s really been good from a leadership perspective. He’s been good, really disciplined in his routes. The quarterbacks have been loving that, because they know where he is going to be and they can get him the ball. He’s an explosive player."
Wright put up 1,000 yards in his sophomore campaign back in 2013, and improved last year with six touchdown grabs despite passing-game issues decreasing his yardage. The Titans will open up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, who allowed the fourth-most points to opposing receivers last season.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks ($4,600)
A glance down the stretch of the Seattle Seahawks' near-miss of a Super Bowl repeat is all that's needed to prove Doug Baldwin is capable of outplaying a low-ball $4,600 salary from the very start of the 2015 season.
The 26-year-old is coming off career-best numbers through the air, putting up 825 yards last season and making 42 catches for first downs out of his 66 grabs on the year. Russell Wilson is locked down in Seattle for the long term, and Baldwin should continue to be among the biggest beneficiaries of his playmaking ability.
A favorable opening-weekend matchup should also pique interest for Baldwin, as the Seahawks begin their season against the St. Louis Rams—who ranked 26th against opposing receivers last year.
Cody Latimer, Denver Broncos ($3,700)
Decent expectations were bestowed upon Cody Latimer when the Denver Broncos drafted him in 2014, and he failed to live up to them. In fact, that may be putting it lightly—he finished with just two catches for 23 yards and appeared in eight games.
But alas, the signs are pointing toward Latimer stepping into some of the Eric Decker-like role that the Broncos had initially hoped of him. Latimer himself lauded his improvement heading into 2015, telling Allie Raymond of DenverBroncos.com that he's "way ahead" of where he was last training camp.
Not only does he have Peyton Manning throwing to him and both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to deflect attention from him, but he has the size at 6'2" and 215 pounds along with the speed to get himself open. Starting out against a Baltimore Ravens team that allowed the most production from opposing wideouts in 2014, Latimer could explode.
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