Wide Receiver Deep Dive

If you made it through that Running Back article, congrats! You got through the most complicated position in the game. Wide Receivers (WR) are much easier to understand. These guys line up wide on the sides of the QB and receive the ball. Once again, thank you American Football for making it easy on us!

The vast, vast, vast (vast, vast) majority of the time, these guys get their points by catching the ball (1 point each time they catch a ball), the yards they get from receiving the ball (1 point for every 10 yards) and scoring touchdowns (6 points for every touchdown).

So, if someone catches 6 passes (6 points) for 70 yards (7 points) they score 13 points. And if one of those were for a touchdown (6 points) they score 19 points on the game. That’s it. That’s all you need to know.

WR1 vs WR2

Unlike QB and RB, teams typically have two (sometimes even three) starting WRs. Any of these guys can have a monster game and outperform the other guys on their team, regardless of their position title. I love finding cheaper WR2s and playing them on NFTDraft. Here are some of the superstars at their position:

  • WR1: GB, KC, BUF, ATL, ARI, MIN, SEA, CHI, LAC, WAS, TEN
  • WR2: SEA, DAL, TB, LAR, TEN, MIN

WR3, WR4, & WR5 (IMPORTANT NOTE)

These positions are potentially the most important in all of NFTdraft. With prices as low as 3 POINTS to play, if you correctly play one of these guys, you can win your tournament. All it takes is ONE PLAY to make your lineup straight fire. Think about it – if your WR5 catches one random pass that sends them 60 yards and to the endzone, that 3 POINT player will get you 13 Fantasy points. ON ONE PLAY.

TEAMS WITH THE MOST 3+ WR SETS

If you are reading this, get ready for an advantage against all other players on NFTdraft. This is the first of many cheat codes that I will hide in these articles. Mike Clay of ESPN (you da man Mike!) wrote an article where he looked at all of the games from last year and identified the teams that are predicted to run the most plays where they utilize the WR3, WR4, and WR5 position. Why is that important? Because the more these players are on the field, the more likely they are to catch that one home run play that puts you on the top of the leaderboard. Here are the teams (in order) that are projected to use the most 3+ Wide Receiver sets:

  • BUF, CIN, DAL, PIT, LAR, WAS, NY(Green), JAC, AZ, IND, MIA, DET, DEN, KC, LAC, TB

Obviously, I will update you as the season progresses, but these are great teams to pick from if you want to throw out a flier on WR 3-5. I’ll go more in depth on some of my favorites in a future article.

TL; DR: I wouldn’t spend up on 20 POINT WRs. If you are going to throw 20 points on a player, I really prefer the tried-and-true QBs and RBs. They have a much higher ceiling if you are going to spend up.

That being said – I have a feeling that the majority of my roster WILL be cheaper WRs.

Chase aka MAXParzivaL always buys from the Value Menu when hitting some late night, drive through Wide Receivers.  Also, the tacos from Jack in the Box… how are those so good?

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