Dynasty Sleeper WRs (Fantasy Football)
In the first two installments of this dynasty sleeper series, quarterbacks and running backs were the centers of attention. For this edition, all focus will be placed on undervalued wide receivers for 2017.
Josh Doctson (WAS)
Considered an afterthought in Washington after a rookie campaign in which he was plagued by an Achilles’ injury, Josh Doctson figures to offer tremendous sleeper appeal in 2017. While Jamison Crowder has become the center of offseason hype, Doctson continues to slide under the radar as a breakout candidate.
Remember, the 24-year-old was active for only two games last season. Over that span, he compiled two receptions for 66 yards receiving. Barring health, it is fair to assume that Doctson will eclipse those totals in his sophomore campaign.
The TCU product owns an appealing fantasy ceiling, as he recorded 79 receptions for 1,327 yards and fourteen touchdowns during his final collegiate season in 2015. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon out of the picture in Washington, expect Doctson to shoulder an increased workload in 2017.
Kevin White (CHI)
Over the span of his two-year career, Kevin White has appeared in merely four regular season contests. The wide receiver has flashed elite tools when active over that time frame with 19 receptions for 187 yards, but it’s a small sample size to warrant significant praise.
Given Alshon Jeffery’s departure from Chicago to Philadelphia, White is expected to emerge in his third professional campaign. To do so, the 24-year-old wide receiver will need to improve his durability. The former seventh overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft owns an exciting resume from West Virginia and is in line to become the leader of Chicago’s aerial attack. Don’t sleep on White’s upside, as he possesses the prototypical skill set and body frame (6’3, 216 pounds) to be a major contributor in dynasty circles.
Breshad Perriman (BAL)
Due to a lack of depth, the Baltimore Ravens were widely expected to address the wide receiver position this offseason via free agency or the NFL Draft. This has not been the case, which will provide Breshad Perriman a massive opportunity to surface as a centerpiece of the team’s offense in his third NFL season.
Although the 23-year-old was forced to miss his entire rookie campaign due to injury, Perriman did not miss a single regular season contest this past season as a sophomore. In fact, he registered 33 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns en route to finishing as the WR77 in PPR on merely 66 targets. If Perriman can capitalize on an increased target share in 2017, it is possible that he will finally be able to deliver on his first-round draft capital from 2015.
Robert Woods (LAR)
Often underappreciated in the fantasy community behind Sammy Watkins in Buffalo, Robert Woods now has the chance to emerge as a premier weapon in the Los Angeles Rams’ aerial attack. Even in a limited role last season, Woods manufactured 51 receptions for 613 yards and one touchdown on 74 targets.
Los Angeles took note of Woods’ overlooked production this offseason, as the franchise elected to sign the wide receiver to a five-year, $39 million contract. Given the Los Angeles Rams’ lack of depth at wide receiver outside of Tavon Austin, Woods will have a legitimate chance to lead the team in receiving in 2017. This makes the 25-year-old a sleeper to target in dynasty as the regular season approaches.
Willie Snead (NO)
In each of his first two NFL campaigns, Willie Snead has collected a minimum of 69 receptions for 895 yards and three touchdowns. In the process, he has earned no more than 102 targets in a season.
Due to the departure of Brandin Cooks from New Orleans to New England and his 117 corresponding targets from 2016, Snead projects to be a prime beneficiary for additional volume this upcoming season. Sure, Michael Thomas will remain the main cog in the New Orleans passing attack.
At the same time, Snead is the same age (24) as Thomas and is in line to receive an expanded role on offense. Based on the ADP difference between both wide receivers, Snead stands as the more affordable asset in dynasty with sleeper appeal.