Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014 Underrated Players - WR

The key to fantasy football is finding value where others don't see it. You have to dig into the stats, check player situations, and account for average draft position
 to find value where other owners are missing out.  Below is a list of underrated wide receivers and where they are currently being selected (ADP) in redraft leagues.   

Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh -This is a bit of a surprise, considering Antonio Brown's ADP is 18, but Brown is underrated.  The Pittsburgh Steelers paid Brown like a #1 WR after the 2012 season, and he produced exactly what they asked for in 2013.  The 25 year old was 2nd in the NFL in catches and 2nd in yards.  In 2014, Brown doesn't have to worry about Cotchery sniping redzone targets adding opportunity for Brown's TD totals to improve.  If you have a late 2nd round or early 3rd round pick, and Brown is on the board, you'll be getting as much value as someone who spends a top 10 pick on a WR. 

Anquan Boldin - WR - San Francisco -The 49ers star produced more than most expected in 2013, and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.  Boldin has been a solid producer his entire career, but fantasy doesn't believe in him (ADP 143) in 2014. However, if you take a look at his production versus L.Fitzgerald (ADP 40) and V.Jackson (ADP 42), you'll see he's every bit as valuable as they are, just 100 picks later.

Kendall Wright - WR - Tennessee -Wright plays in an offense that has not exactly lit it up recently and has had QB issues since he's arrived.  However, even with the turmoil at QB and the offensive issues of Tennessee, Wright managed 94 receptions for 1079 yards in 2013. So, with all the the hype going towards C.Patterson (ADP 34) and M.Floyd (ADP 50), we'd like our chances with Wright at ADP 66.

Brandon Gibson - WR - Miami -Miami has not been a hotbed of fantasy talent in recent years, but with the signing of Moreno, the maturing of Tannehill, and with Gibson coming off of injury, there could be some promise for the Dolphins offense this year.  Before going down with a season ending injury in week eight, Gibson was on pace for 60 catches for 700 yards and 6 TDs. Now, Gibson has a long way to go to come back from injury, but since he is not being drafted in most redraft leagues, you could stash him away and use him as a bye week option similar to guys like G.Tate (ADP 102), B.Hartline (ADP 150), and D.Moore (ADP 193).

Brandon LaFell - WR - New England -Brandon LaFell moves from a #3 option on a non-existent passing game in Carolina, to the #4-5 option in a strong passing game in New England. Does that hurt or help his fantasy value? We think it helps. Also, if you compare LaFell's stats and ADP of 245 to those of a fellow Patriot, D.Amendola at ADP 127, you can see where LaFell's value may be worth the late round selection.

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