As draft prep season amps up, this week we’ll unpack some deeper WR options that may not be relevant on draft day in regular NFFC leagues but may be waiver worthy later in the season or serviceable in draft champions formats that dig as deep as 30 rounds or more.
Keenan Allen 6’2” 206 (4.73 40) – Many compare him to Anquan Boldin. We shall see. You can’t teach speed, so that is one skill he’ll never be able to learn. Watch him during the preseason to see if he can still beat press coverage at the next level. The corners in the NFL are bigger and stronger than those in the PAC 10. If he excels there, he may get enough snaps to contribute. He is a decent blocker.
Aaron Dobson 6’2” 210 (4.43 40) – Has the speed and physical skill set to succeed but will enter camp as somewhat of a project. He will need to grasp the Patriots' system very fast and then beat out the more experienced Julian Edelman and Donald Jones, along with fellow rookie Josh Boyce. If he does that he would become, at best, Tom Brady’s fourth option in the passing game since the Patriots use their tight ends like wide receivers. On the other hand, both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are battling ailments that could bring their availability to start the season in question, and Danny Amendola has become a poster child for the injury prone.
Robert Woods 6’0” 201 (4.51 40) – He has adequate but not great speed and physical prowess. However, he is rated as being very pro ready due to his experience in USC’s pro system. Woods possesses very good vision and is quick in and out of breaks. His chances of making an impact in 2013 are better than most rookies due to the lack of competition for the No. 2 wide receiver role in Buffalo.
Markus Wheaton 5’11” 199 (4.45 40) – I need to watch more tape and keep an eye on how he performs in the preseason, but in pads he doesn’t seem as fast to me in and out of breaks as he does to others. Nevertheless, he will compete with Emmanuel Sanders for the No. 2 receiver job opposite Antonio Brown, which bodes very well for his fantasy prospects.
Corey Fuller 6’2” 204 (4.32 40) – He will need to beat out a full crew of WR’s (Mike Thomas, Brian Robiskie, Kris Durham and others) just to secure the No. 4 receiver slot, but if he does, he could be a sneaky pick. Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles are not ironmen and in the Lions' offense any top-3 WR with a decent number of snaps is worth a look. He’s got the top-end speed to make defenders pay if they make a mistake.
Terrance Williams 6’2” 208 (4.52 40) – Williams works the sidelines well, has good hands and is faster than you think in pads. More importantly, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant have shown a propensity for getting dinged up, so Williams should get a number of serviceable starts this year as a No. 2 if either of them misses time.
Ryan Swope – 6’2” 205 (4.34 40) – Projects to have limited snaps as the No. 4 to start off and will likely need injuries to those ahead on the depth chart to have a fantasy impact, but Swope is a fireball that packs a punch. He’s tough and isn’t afraid to take defenders head on. He can also fly as his combine time can attest.
Quinton Patton 6’0” 204 (4.53 40) – Patton is a solid receiver with great vision. He is very creative with the ball in space with excellent juke ability to make defenders miss. The problem is that with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, AJ Jenkins and Kyle Williams in the stable, snaps may be few and far between.
Marquise Goodwin 5’9” 183 (4.27 40) – Yes, you read that 40 time correctly. The fastest receiver in the 2013 draft lacks size but no corner will be able to stay with him if he breaks free. He’s worth a late flier in DC formats for the occasional home run.
Denard Robinson 5’10” 199 (4.43 40) – An electric playmaker with the ball in his hands, the Wolverine quarterback may be used at running back, wide receiver, special teams and quite possibly all three. He’s still raw, so expect minimal impact outside of a couple highlight reel returns.