Draft Strategy

17 Wide Receivers on My Target List in 2015

One realization I’ve had over the past couple of years, largely prompted by Shawn Siegele’s Zero RB article, is that while most fantasy analysis focuses on issues of scarcity we may be overlooking the most important thing that’s right before our eyes: Scoring points is important. In PPR leagues a huge number of points come from receptions, which means that targets are really important. So finding players who can dominate the targets on their own team is critical. In generating my target list for 2015 that idea became really important. It may help to digest the target list below if I tell you that in PPR leagues I’ve been following some form of Zero RB in most drafts. I drafted a 12 team standard league last night and ended up going something like RB/RB/WR/WR/WR/RB. But I’ve tried to add enough WR targets to fit any draft plan. To compile this list I exported a CSV from the Cheat Sheet app. So our Equity numbers are shown for your reference.

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  1. How says:

    Thank you for this. So far, it affirms a lot of the players I want to target (Cooper, despite his rich price tag, Marshall, Parker, et al). That said, I'm thinking I may have to choose between Cooper and Marshall in several instances, which worries me: I'm probably going Cooper nine times out of 10, but Marshall is clearly the more decorated player.

    I've also been aiming for Maclin when he falls far enough. He may not be in nearly as good of an offense, but he's by far the best receiver on his team, and he's going to gobble up all the targets Smith can give him. Maclin's not terrible after the catch, either, I think.

    Any thoughts on the Bradford and/or Mariota hair on fire draft plan? I kind of really want to go there.

  2. I pick towards the end of 2nd rd, I am constantly picking Alshon/AJ Green. I am not sure who is better at this point. I also end up with Hopkins at lot in my mocks.

    In the 4/5 rds, I am having to choose among Cooper, marshall, maclin or Kelce.. pretty much the same problem as HowFantasy mentioned.

    Thoughts? - btw, draft is tonight.

  3. craig says:

    I like AJ slightly more than Alshon due to the injury/mystery with Jeffery + while I think Jefferey will get a ton of targets this year, AJ has been remarkably consistent. If you take out the game when he got hurt in the 1st quarter (no catches) and the game where he was a decoy due to injury (4 targets and no catches), he did what he always does...10.3 targets/game with 6.3 catches/game and 94.6 yards/games. I think he is pretty safe. That said, I do like Alshon just a couple behind him.

    Having to decide between Cooper, Marshall, Maclin or Kelce isn't a bad problem to have. Personally, I like Cooper and Kelce more than the other guys due to their potential to be a top 12 WR and the top TE, but we are splitting hairs.

    Good luck with your draft!

  4. @gibson17 - Thanks for the input man! much appreciated.

    There are some folks in my league who are in the RB RB mode, If Mccoy falls, I may be able to do a 2 for 1 and get a top 5 WR. Fingers crossed. If not, AJ it is.

    Sometimes in Rd3, I lose out on Hopkins/Cooks/Jordan Matt, I am at a complete loss as to what to do then! LOL. I think I will pick by Gore or Gordon and hope they pay out.

    Again, thanks for your response

  5. craig says:

    Makes sense...good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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