Yes, it’s that time again. With under 100 days until the league’s centennial season begins (75 to be exact) the aura of fantasy football has returned.
Here are five under-the-radar wide receivers — in no particular order — to target in the latter rounds of fantasy drafts with potentially high upside.
Dede Westbrook (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Dede Westbrook is poised for a breakout campaign in 2019-20. After leading the Jaguars in targets, receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns a season ago, Westbrook finally has a man under center that can cater to his strengths (sorry Blake Bortles). Westbrook is a burner and can take the top off defenses. In his college days at Oklahoma, he averaged over 19 yards per reception with Baker Mayfield. Add Nick Foles to the equation and you have a potential breakout star in Duval County.
Dante Pettis (San Francisco 49ers)
Dante Pettis’s finish to 2018-2019 has many Niner fans anxious to see what he can do in a full season catching passes from Jimmy Garoppolo. In Pettis’s last five games of 2018, he averaged 71.8 yards per game, adding four receiving touchdowns. Extrapolate that over a 16 game season — 1,148 yards and 12 touchdowns. Give Pettis another year to grasp Kyle Shanahan’s offense, watch out.
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)
Larry Fitzgerald is a sleeper? After being the byproduct of Josh Rosen’s growing pains a season ago, Fitz has some mid- to late-round appeal in fantasy drafts. In what should be a high potent offensive attack in Glendale, look for Kyler Murray to value his sure-handed Hall of Fame wide receiver. Another thing to note for Fitzgerald’s fantasy value — gamescript. The Cardinals may in fact be trailing in many of their contests in 2019-20, making Fitzgerald’s PPR appeal even better when Murray is forced into passing situations.
DaeSean Hamilton (Denver Broncos)
Want to outsmart your friends and co-workers with a deep sleeper in your fantasy draft? Look no further than DaeSean Hamilton. After experiencing essentially 12 weeks of insignificance during his rookie season, the Denver wideout has breakout potential in 2019-20. In his last four contests in 2018, Hamilton saw at least eight targets a game, and had at least five receptions in those contests. With not much competition for targets, Joe Flacco may look Hamilton’s way a ton, especially if the Broncos are trailing and forced to throw.
Marquez Valdez-Scantling (Green Bay Packers)
Another second year player, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, (MVS for short) has already drawn raves during OTAs. Standing 6′ 4″, 206-pounds, MVS has picked up Matt LaFluer’s offense quicker than expected. A season ago, MVS averaged 15.8 yards per catch, with eight catches over 20 yards and four over 40 yards. Devante Adams will surely receive the majority of targets from Aaron Rodgers, but his number two option could certainly be Valdez-Scantling. In standard 10 team PPR leagues, getting MVS as a late round bench stash sure looks solid.