Avoid these 5 wide receiver traps in fantasy football this season

Each season in the NFL a wide receiver explodes out of no where and enters the hearts of fantasy enthusiasts. Unfortunately, many of these receivers who pop, then regress in future seasons.

With the Eagles possessing two of the most inefficient receivers in football last season, targeting another pass catcher in the NFL Draft should remain one of the team’s top priorities.


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LeSean McCoy finally showed signs of breaking down recording only 514 rushing yards in 14 games. Moving forward with young play-makers around Josh Allen, the Bills can move away from McCoy with only $2.6 million in dead cap money.

Since signing a $26 million dollar contract, Lamar Miller has largely disappointed, finishing with 973 yards in 2018. Entering the final year of his contract, the Texans can cut Miller with only $1 million in dead-cap.


Damien Williams is a hot fantasy football stock and it makes perfect sense

Damien Williams has the tools of workhorse back for the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s been a dominant pass catcher and runner for the Chief’s throughout the end of the regular season and playoffs. He figures to get a huge role for the Chief’s in 2019.

Damien Williams has an opportunity to return RB1 level value outside the first few rounds of redraft leagues. Williams would also be a must-buy in dynasty leagues assuming the Chiefs do not sign a top tier free agent running back or select a running back in the first couple rounds of the NFL Draft.


What to expect from Calvin Ridley in 2019

The best driver of fantasy football scoring is opportunity.  Calvin Ridley scoffed at that idea last season, as his 15.2-percent target share ranked No. 70 among WRs.  This is largely due to the presence of Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, both of whom are under contract for 2019.  

Ridley was among the top five wideouts in PlayerProfiler’s signature efficiency metric, Production Premium.  His +25.6 Production Premium was easily best among rookies and was fourth-best among qualified receivers, but that number never carries over from year to year.

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The Seahawks are paying Russell Wilson to hand the ball off. If Elijah Holyfield tests well, he could be the 1.01 in dynasty rookie drafts.

Damian Harris and Josh Jacobs are both very attractive running back prospects. Bryce Love’s low reception totals are a concern.


Albert Wilson and Robert Foster were hyper-efficient breakout wide receivers

Albert Wilson was performing up to is prospect profile in 2018 before his hip injury. He had a +60.6-percent Target Premium (No. 1) and a +28.2 Production Premium, which ranked No. 10 among receivers with at least 20 targets.

Despite his meager college profile and failure to get drafted, Robert Foster’s NFL success as a rookie is undeniable. Grab this speedy receiver this off-season, before he gets increased volume and truly breaks out, as the Bills’ No. 1 receiver.

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Patriots dared Sammy Watkins and Damien Williams to beat them. Jared Goff last his strategic advantage when the headset malfunctioned.

Todd Gurley could dominate the touches at value in DFS and win the Super Bowl MVP. Rams have the defensive personnel to pressure Tom Brady.


Decoding Denver Backfield Value Den: Royce Freeman or Phillip Lindsay?

Zooming out, Freeman’s size, athleticism, and college production put him in rare company. Fortunately, the risk that he never achieves fantasy RB1 status is now build into his dynasty trade value. The risk is low, and the reward is high.

Despite a breakout rookie season, Lindsay’s risk is higher and his upside is lower than Royce Freeman, a classic sell-high candidate in dynasty leagues.