Now is the time of year to utilize the backend of your roster to take swings on potential breakout targets with high upside. According to FantasyPros ADP, all of the following players are available after pick 100 or in shallower formats, available on the waiver wire.
Mike Wallace (Pick 128, WR48)
Wallace isn’t getting enough credit for the season he put together in 2016. In his first year with the Ravens he compiled a very respectable 72-1017-4 stat line. With the exits of Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken, along with the injuries to Dennis Pitta and Kenneth Dixon, the Ravens have a void of 313 targets to fill. Of course, they’re not all going to go Wallace’s way because Jeremy Maclin, Danny Woodhead and Ben Watson (healthy) are now on the roster, but there is no reason to think Wallace cannot repeat his WR23 finish from a season ago. He is available at a massive discount, take advantage.
Zay Jones (Pick 153, WR54)
The 22-year-old second-round pick finds himself in an advantageous position for his rookie campaign. The surprise retirement of Anquan Boldin and trade of Sammy Watkins leaves Jones in line for No. 2 receiver volume. Jones should have no problem handling the workload given he’s the all-time FBS receptions leader. Opportunity breads production and Jones has plenty of it.
Cooper Kupp (Pick 157, WR55)
Although Kupp is listed behind Robert Woods on the Rams’ depth chart, he was clearly Jared Goff’s favorite target in the preseason. The newly acquired Sammy Watkins has a rough schedule in terms of CB/WR matchup and that bods well for targets in Kupp’s direction. Kupp is the best pass-catcher in FCS history, holding the all-time records in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Kenny Golladay (Pick 175, WR64)
Golladay was a stand-out in camp and the Lions are in need of a tall red-zone target; they may have found theirs in him. Anquan Boldin leaving clears the way for immediate usage, albeit primarily in the slot, but Golden Tate could fill the majority of that void if Golladay can improve his route running, especially verse bump and run corners on the outside. Boldin led the Lions in touchdowns last season with eight and there is no reason to think Golladay can’t fill some of that void.
Mike Williams (Pick 233, WR72)
Williams is a physical specimen. He checks all the boxes when it comes to a prototypical wide receiving prospect. There is a reason the Chargers drafted him seventh overall but for now he is simply a stash candidate. His healthy has kept him out all preseason but a return in Week 4 or 5 is within reason. The Chargers have a crowded receiving core which may be an added issue in him getting on the field but the talent and upside are readily apparent especially when it comes to the red-zone. He is a must-stash in leagues with an I.R. slot.
Paul Richardson (Pick 271, WR80)
Richardson had a stellar one-handed catch in his Week 1 preseason debut but was quiet and injured thereafter. Now healthy, he is listed as the No. 2 receiver on the Seahawks depth chart and given that Tyler Lockett was held out of preseason and Kasen Williams was released, the opportunity to cease a predominate role is there. Richardson has struggled to stay on the field but his metrics are impressive and he is an absolute burner.
Nelson Agholor (Pick 310, WR91)
The trendy 2015 sleeper has yet to solidify himself in the Eagles’ offense but with the exits of Jordan Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham there is opportunity to lockdown the slot-receiver role. He is a former first-round pick who is a decent route runner out of the slot. Unlike Matthews, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith do not pose a threat to his slot usage. If Agholor can fend off Trey Burton, he could provide WR4 value with upside working out of the slot.
Josh Gordon (Pick 306, WR97)
Gordon was flat-out incredible in 2013 and if the treatment he received in rehab is enough to get him reinstated and back to the player he once was, the sky is the limit. It is a longshot but worth keeping an eye on. Gordon is still only 26-years-old and if he were reinstated would be must-add in all formats.