Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Preview: Post Draft Stock Watch
Adam Ronis takes a look at the wide receiver position and let's you know which receivers have their stocks up and down following the NFL Draft.
With the NFL draft complete, we have a better idea about the value of some players. As the wide receiver preview series continues, it's time to do a stock watch and look at the risers and fallers.
Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers): I don't like listing a player being drafted so high in this spot, but I have seen Adams at times go anywhere from the third to fifth wide receiver off the board. I believe there's a case he could be the top receiver. I would take Michael Thomas first, but Adams should be second. The Packers were expected to draft a wide receiver in a deep class and didn't. Adams' stats from last season were hurt by a turf toe injury that cost him four games. Adams had double-digit touchdowns in three straight seasons before last year. Over the final nine weeks, he had a target share of 31 percent and should see double-digit targets every game. He had double-digit targets in 10 of his last 11 games, including two playoff games.
Allen Lazard (Green Bay Packers): Lazard has a shot to emerge as the No. 2 wide receiver since the Packers didn't add another wide receiver in the draft. He will have to vie with Devin Funchess and Equanimeous St. Brown , but Aaron Rodgers had some praise for Lazard last season. Lazard is 6-foot-5, 227 pounds and ran a 4.55 40-yard dash.
Anthony Miller (Chicago Bears): The Bears didn't draft a receiver until round five with Darnell Mooney and while Allen Robinson will command most of the targets, Miller will start on the other side. Miller, a second round pick in 2018, has flashed big ability at times. The overall season numbers didn't look great for Miller last season, but he came on strong in the second half. From Week 10 to the end of the season, Miller had 438 yards. From Weeks 10-14, Miller averaged 10.4 targets and had 33 receptions with 431 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears didn't target the tight ends much last season and there's no other receiver on the roster that should surpass Miller in targets outside of Robinson.
Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons): I was already looking at Ridley to be a top receiver this season and the Falcons didn't draft any wide receivers. Ridley missed three games last season and before he got injured, he was a Top 15 wide receiver in points per game. Ridley saw an uptick in targets once Mohamed Sanu was traded to the Patriots and Austin Hooper is also gone, signing with the Browns. Ridley will have a huge season.
Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins): The Dolphins had 12 draft picks and didn't address the wide receiver position at all. While DeVante Parker should lead the team in targets, don't forget about Williams. He had an impressive rookie season before getting hurt and his absence is when Parker really took off. Williams led the Dolphins in targets through eight games with 60, an average of 7.5 targets per game, before the ACL injury. Williams had 32 receptions for 428 with three touchdowns and at had least nine points in PPR formats in all eight games. The Dolphins added pieces to the offensive line and are improving.
Michael Gallup (Dallas Cowboys): I was going to be aggressive on Gallup and take him as a Top 25 WR. That will change with the Cowboys surprisingly drafting CeeDee Lamb. He wasn't expected to be there and the Cowboys took the best player available. Gallup could still have a good season as Lamb could absorb a lot of the 83 targets vacated by Randall Cobb , but the consistency and high ceiling takes a little hit. Don't be surprised if people overreact and drop Gallup too far. He could turn into a value.
John Ross (Cincinnati Bengals): Ross appeared to be a good late-round target before the draft. He put up a few big performances last season, but lost half the year due to a shoulder injury. With a healthy A.J. Green , Tyler Boyd and the addition of second-round pick Tee Higgins, Ross lost some appeal.
James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers): Remember when people were excited to draft Washington last season with the hopes of a breakout? Seems like a long time ago. The Steelers drafted wide receiver Chase Claypool and have said he will play on the outside. With JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson also starting, Washington takes a hit.
Tyrell Williams (Oakland Raiders): Williams got off to a fast start last season with five touchdowns in his first five games, but scored one the rest of the way. The Raiders drafted several wide receivers, including Henry Ruggs III, Lynn Bowden Jr., and Bryan Edwards. Tight end Darren Waller had 117 targets last season and Williams takes a hit with the new receivers.