Draft Strategy

Four Affordable WR Breakout Candidates Looking to Emerge in Year 4

After the epic 2014 WR class, it’s not surprising that the encore disappointed, but the failure of that 2015 group partially explains the larger collapse at the WR position. Seventeen WRs were drafted between Amari Cooper and Stefon Diggs, and none of them have reached the 200-point plateau that roughly corresponds with a WR2 finish. That group includes epic busts like Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, Devin Smith and Dorial Green-Beckham. Fortunately, a solid group of post-hype candidates emerged in 2017, and they present a few intriguing possibilities for secondary breakouts. Depending on your perspective, the 2015 class has been even worse than the opening implies. Cooper is coming off of his worst season, and Diggs hasn’t actually recorded a 200-point season, although he’s hit 190 twice and his career per game average (13.5) is well above the 200-point pace for a 16-game season. Former UDFA Tyrell Williams is the only other member of this class to reach 200 points, and he struggled during his encore season last year. The remaining members of the class will look to join the 18 players who have broken out in Year 4 going back to 2000.

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By Shawn Siegele | @ff_contrarian | Archive