Dynasty owners know that you can’t build a winner from the draft alone. It takes diligence in trading, free agency and waivers to find hidden gems that you can exploit as the season goes on. To that end, here are some wide receivers that may not have had great seasons in 2016 due to injury, lack of development or opportunity on the field where things may change enough in 2017 to give them the lift they need to be productive. Getting these types of players now while they are cheap, is the key to dynasty success. Here are a few names I am keeping an eye on:
- Nelson Agholor, WR PHI – Agholor has not fared well in his first two seasons. after back to back seasons with 365 yards and 2 TDs or less he has not shown the development you’d expect to see in a former first round NFL (and rookie draft) pick. So, many owners have dropped him flat out. This is where being a contrarian helps in dynasty. Will Agholor succeed in his 3rd year? Nobody knows. Can he succeed in his 3rd year? Absolutely he can. It’s not the physical aspects of the game he’s struggling with, it’s the mental aspects. He obviously was immature and a bit insecure coming out of USC and has needed more time to adjust to the NFL. He has a rookie QB which also hindered the entire offense in 2016. With Carson Wentz continuing to develop, Agholor still has a chance to mature and utilize the vast skills that he’s displayed inconsistently during his 2 years on the NFL. If he’s on your wire and can pick him up cheaply, why not be a contrarian and see what happens in his third season?
- Leonte Carroo, WR MIA – With 3 very talented and relatively productive WRs ahead of him in Miami, Carroo basically was a special teams player in 2016 and took a redshirt year from the offense. With Kenny Stills a free agent and Jarvis Landry with only one year left on his deal, Carroo could find himself in a position to produce in year two. To be sure, he wouldn’t replace the types of skills that Stills has, he’s more of a Landry type player, but depending on where Miami spends there money this off-season, Carroo could have an opportunity to step up.
- Brian Quick, WR RAM – Quick is not going to be what people hoped he would be coming out of App. State 5 years ago. As he’s only owned in 22% of leagues in MFL though, he’s a cheap alternative that could provide WR3/4 production for you next season. He’s a free agent this year having signed a one year prove it deal in 2016. With a new coaching staff in LA, it’s hard to know if they will keep him. If they do and Kenny Britt leaves, that would be good for Quick. If they let him go then depending on where he goes in free agency, he still could be a quality depth receiver on your squad with WR2 upside if he lands in a top 10 passing offense. Keep and eye on him this offseason.
- Chris Moore, WR BAL – A rookie who sat behind a bunch of veteran receivers in Baltimore last year, Moore may get an opportunity in 2017. Steve Smith is retiring, Kamar Aiken is a free agent and there is recent talk of the Ravens letting Mike Wallace go in free agency. I’d be surprised at that but even if Wallace stays there will be less competition for Moore in 2017 and he’s bound to enter as a top 4 WR in Baltimore. Brett Perriman is most likely to take over in this offense but watch out for Moore’s situation. If he starts alongside Perriman or get a chance due to injury, this fourth round pick could produce WR3/4 numbers for you and provide much needed depth with a young and developing guy.