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Fantasy Football Draft Targets: Drake London, Jalin Hyatt, Josh Reynolds, Christian Kirk

Fantasy Football Draft Targets: Drake London, Jalin Hyatt, Josh Reynolds, Christian Kirk

With less than a month till the draft we have only a few more weeks to take advantage of early best ball contests before they close and the huge contests open as the official best ball season begins. We have more information now than at any point in this early best ball window. We can use that leverage to create better teams than the ones drafted in the opening weeks. Below are seven players to target in your best ball drafts.

Best Ball Players to Target

Drake London (WR – ATL) | Underdog ADP: 22.3 Overall

Perhaps no player improved their fortunes in free agency quite as much as Drake London with the addition of quarterback Kirk Cousins. Desmond Ridder ranked 66 out of 68 quarterbacks in PFF passing grade in 2023 and averaged 10 fewer catchable passes per game than Cousins. Going from a low-volume inaccurate quarterback to a highly accurate, pass-first offense can do wonders for London. Cousins also knows how to feed his best players, having kept Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs all happy in Minnesota, while also giving thousand-yard seasons to Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in his Washington days. London has averaged a miserable 4.27 receptions per game through 33 NFL games and it’s not outlandish to think that number doubles in 2024. London isn’t cheap, but with an ADP of 22.3, don’t be surprised if he hits the mid-teens by September.

Jalin Hyatt (WR – NYG) | Underdog ADP: 199 Overall

There were doubts about whether Jalin Hyatt’s game would translate to the NFL level and his debut season was nothing to shout home about with 23 catches for 373 scoreless yards. There are reasons for hope, though, heading into year two. For a start, the Giants should have an improvement in quarterback play over Tommy DeVito, with Daniel Jones or potentially a highly-drafted rookie taking over under center. Hyatt has also been talked up as a potential option out of the slot more often in 2024, something that would suit his playing style better, enabling him to face less stress at the line of scrimmage. The Giants would also be buoyed by the addition of a highly-drafted wide receiver, enabling them to prolong drives longer and have more pass attempts. Hyatt isn’t a player to go crazy on but there’s enough reason to be intrigued.

Josh Reynolds (WR – DEN) | Underdog ADP: 238 Overall

Before signing with the Denver Broncos, Josh Reynolds was consistently undrafted. While he’s not a high-ceiling player, he is a reliable set of hands with eight combined top-30 weekly finishes in the last two seasons. Denver lacks pass-catchers outside of Courtland Sutton, who is by no means a lock to be wearing orange in September, despite the Broncos trading Jerry Jeudy already. Sean Payton consistently shows loyalty to players he’s signed or brought with him and it’s hard not to imagine Reynolds having some usable weeks in 2024. At this price, Reynolds can be mixed in as an end-of-roster play to give your wide receiver room depth.

Christian Kirk (WR – JAX) | Underdog ADP: 56.1 Overall

The Jaguars lost Calvin Ridley to division rivals in free agency and failed to make any significant additions, outside of Gabe Davis, who is a reasonable player but won’t command high volume. Instead, Christian Kirk can return to his defacto WR1 status of 2022 when he was the WR13, putting up 1,009 yards and seven touchdowns. He also recorded eight performances of 15+ PPR points. The Jaguars might be set to add another receiver in the draft, and they should do so, but Kirk has a good connection with Trevor Lawrence that’s unlikely to fade away anytime soon.

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