Are the Receivers Dead? A Closer Look at 2017 Results
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2017 was a rough season for fantasy wide receivers and could be indicative of a downward trend for the position. Only two WRs eclipsed 300 fantasy points. While this isn’t a major change from three in 2016, it is significant when compared to the average of six recorded between 2013 and 2015. Further, only seven WRs surpassed 250 points in 2017; eight did so in 2016. Between 2013 and 2015, an average of 13 WRs accomplished this feat.
This has made it increasingly difficult for owners building their teams around the position to be successful. With the pool of high-scoring receivers shrinking by nearly 50 percent in the last two seasons, it’s become a challenge to rely solely on building volume at WR. Picking the “right” guys, which we know to be a difficult task, has become paramount. Of course, we’re dealing with a short time frame so it’s hard to say that these results are actually indicative of a trend that will carry into 2018. Nonetheless, we’ll certainly hear a number of conflicting arguments about the merits of Zero RB and other WR-focused approaches in the coming months. Let’s ground ourselves with some data to have a context in which we can consider these arguments.
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