With the common strategy of drafting running backs early, owners are forced to draft wide receivers in the middle rounds. Using current average draft position (ADP) from Fantasy Football Calculator, I’m going to show you some of the middle round wide receivers that I like to target:
Torrey Smith, ADP: 6.06
Torrey Smith has often disappointed fantasy owners with his low percentage opportunities. A vertical offense with a high aDOT (average depth of target) left Smith with either a boom-or-bust weekly result. This season, we expect all of that to change. Now running Gary Kubiak’s system from the Texans that helped Andre Johnson record the best fantasy seasons of his career, Smith is expected to be targeted heavily. With a much higher percentage of the targets and running more short to intermediate routes, Smith will be more consistent on a weekly basis. Rich Hribar tells you Torrey Smith will be a WR1 in 2014. With the sixth pick of the 6th round, Smith is a value pick.
Mike Wallace, ADP: 6.09
During his last three seasons, Mike Wallace has never finished below WR27 using PPR scoring. Currently he is being draft as the 28th WR off the board. In 2011, Wallace finished as WR9. He is also more physically gifted than DeSean Jackson. With a new offensive coordinator from the Chip Kelly tree, Mike Wallace will be moved around the offense. This pick could return a lot of value without a huge investment.
Eric Decker, ADP: 8.02
Perhaps Geno Smith isn’t as bad as you think – maybe his miserable receiving options made him look worse than he actually is, and let’s not forget how hot he finished in 2013. With a serviceable QB and few target threats around him, Eric Decker will likely be a target hog for the Jets. James Todd of RotoViz expects Decker to out-perform his draft position by a significant margin. With a cheap cost of an early 8th round pick, Decker comes with little risk and significant upside.
Rueben Randle, ADP: 9.01
Coming in at No. 2 on Shawn Siegele’s 8 Breakout WRs You Must Own in 2014, Rueben Randle is one of fantasy hopeful breakouts. Despite the drafting of Odell Beckham Jr., optimism should remain for Randle. He’s a big, young receiver who dominated at the college level. Going into his third season, a breakout is on the horizon – don’t miss out. He expects to have a huge year as well, complete with double-digit touchdowns.