Wide Receiver Drafting Advice

Every couple of years, I add more advice to these pages. If you are a beginner to fantasy football, you should take a look at the sections below. For this season, the advice doesn't really change for each position; but I still want to give you some advice to follow for this season's draft.

Undervalued Wide Receivers

  1. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys
  2. Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins
  3. Hakeem Nicks - New York Giants
  4. Dwayne Bowe - Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Eric Decker - Denver Broncos
  6. Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns
  7. Miles Austin - Dallas Cowboys
  8. Cecil Shorts - Jacksonville Jaguars
  9. Sidney Rice - Seattle Seahawks
  10. Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins

Overvalued Wide Receivers

  1. A.J. Green - Cincinnati Green
  2. Wes Welker - Denver Broncos
  3. Victor Cruz - New York Giants
  4. Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts
  5. Danny Amendola - New England Patriots
  6. Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers
  7. James Jones - Green Bay Packers
  8. Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers
  9. Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens
  10. DeSean Jackson - Philadelphia Eagles

Wide Receivers with the Best Matchups

  1. Dwayne Bowe - Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Sidney Rice - Seattle Seahawks
  3. Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons
  4. Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  5. Miles Austin - Dallas Cowboys
  6. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

Wide Receivers with the Worst Matchups

  1. Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions
  2. Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns
  3. Tavon Austin - St Louis Rams
  4. Emmanuel Snaders - Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. Danny Amendola - New England Patriots
  6. Torrey Smith - Baltimore Ravens

Best Scheme Change

  1. Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins
  2. Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns
  3. Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals
  4. Danny Amendola - New England Patriots

Worst Scheme Change

  1. Steve Johnson - Buffalo Bills
  2. Eric Decker - Denver Broncos
  3. T.Y. Hilton - Indianapolis Colts
  4. Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins

Top Rookie Wide Receivers

  1. Tavon Austin - St Louis Rams
  2. Kenbrell Thompkins - New England Patriots
  3. Aaron Dobson - New England Patriots
  4. Robert Woods - Buffalo Bills
  5. DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Texans


Wide Receiver is the most difficult fantasy football position to draft. Compared to Running backs and quarterbacks, most wide receivers are inconsistent at scoring points from week to week.

There are many factors that can negatively impact a wide receiver’s production during a game or during the NFL season as a whole. A quarterback’s relationship with his wide receiver, the team’s lack of a running game, minor injuries slowing the wide receiver down enough that he is unable to break coverage, an offensive line not giving the quarterback enough time. Any of those situations can be detrimental to your wide receiver’s production.

That being said, having a great wide receiving corps is what can put you over the top in your league. There are always a few wide receivers every year that put up comparable numbers from week to week as a good running back.

You should think about getting one of these elite fantasy wide receivers anywhere between the 2nd to early 4th round of your fantasy football draft. The second wide receiver you draft should also be established; he should be the number one wide receiver on an NFL team that doesn’t have a lot of problems with their passing game.

Some rules to think about when drafting wide receivers in later rounds:

Is the wide receiver going to be starting his third year in the NFL? For some reason, over time, NFL wide receivers that are entering their third year as a pro do very well. Whether it is due to the experience gained or to a possible contract year, its anybody's guess.

Is this wide receiver a deep threat? Some wide receivers will catch less than five completions a game, but often one of those catches will be 40+ yards.

Does the NFL team use many three wide receiver sets? Some teams will not use three wide receiver sets often, going with a tight end and a full back instead. Some teams only use the third wide receiver as a possession receiver on third downs.

Is the wide receiver primarily a kickoff/punt returner? Do not draft kick returners. You will only use them as an emergency backup on your fantasy football team. Chances are you won’t get any production from the kick returner the week that you need them.

Does the NFL team average less than 200 yards passing per game? If so, don’t bother drafting much more than their number one wide receiver.

Is the wide receiver a rookie? Rookies often don’t start their first year in the NFL. Wait until a starter gets hurt until you pick up most rookie wide receivers.

Does the NFL team have a star quarterback who will get touchdowns for their team’s number 3 and 4 wide receivers? It might be a good idea to try selecting backup wide receivers on great teams late in your fantasy football draft.