Draft Strategy

Are the Receivers Dead? A Closer Look at 2017 Results

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.
150 + 200 + 250 + 300 +
2017 39 18 7 2
2016 50 23 8 3
2015 45 26 14 6
2014 51 26 12 5
2013 43 23 14 6
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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By Dave Caban | @DaveCabanFF | Archive

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