Under the radar flyers! Top 10 No.2 Wide Receivers.
Wide Receivers are becoming more and more dangerous over the past few years, in this column I'll focus on Teams Top 10 No.2 WRs. Some No.2's WRs hold greater value if you can snag them deeper in the draft allowing you to build your Fantasy team and draft plan around them.
1. J.Nelson - GB : A.Rodgers held one of the best Pass attempts/TD ratios in the league only throwing (548 attempts ending with 47TDs/7Ints) Nelson will be one of the "lesser" targeted receivers on the list just because of the receiving corp in GB but he has the potential of being a double digit TD producer again this year. Nelson is a boarder-line No.1/No.2 receiver worth a pick in the Late 3rd, early 4th Round.
2. V.Cruz - NYG : Eli spoke out early before last season saying "I'm one of the best Quarterbacks in the league" and he 100% backed up that statement posting 6,152yards 38TDs with 17Ints on the 2nd-most pass attempts in the league with (752) only behind Brees (763). As well as winning Super Bowl XLVl. With Manningham shipping out to SF Cruz and Nicks both should see increase in targets. Cruz will be targeted in your Drafts Top 10 WR's to go and will be targeted as early as the 3rd-Round.
3. J.Jones - Atl : M.Ryan has been putting on weight and working out with strength trainers trying to bulk up for his deep passes. Ryan clearly wants to air the ball out and Jones will be the target he goes to. Jones ended his rookie season with 61receptions 1,023yards 8TDs on 104 targets while still missing 3 games due to hamstring injury. Jones staying healthy he can easily see 120+ targets which could turn out to high 1,100+yards with the potential of 10TDs. Jones will be a popular pick as a No. 2 Fantasy WR on Draft Day, with the upside to be much more.
4. B.Lloyd - NE : With Brady throwing to him NOT Orton he should easily post 1,100 yards with 60-70receptions and I see 7-9 TDS. Lloyd's draft value jumped ofcourse with him signing with the Pats and will start getting looks as early as Round 5 but would be a great steal in Rounds 6 or 7.
5. T.Smith - Bal : Smith ended with 54receptions 932yards and 8TDs on 104 targets in his Rookie campaign. Boldin continues to see the majority of double coverage and Smith streaks downfield allowing Flacco to unleash the cannon. Smith had a exciting and impressive Rookie season as he produced with 1 of the least Fantasy productive QBs and playing hurt, imagine what he can do with some experience and healthy legs! He is currently a boarder-line No.2/No.3 receiver that is worth a 7th-Round pick that has more upside and potential then Boldin. Make sure he is healthy going in training camp and preseason.
6. J.Maclin- Phi : Maclin was the Eagles top receiver this season as he overtook DeSean Jackson for that honor. The receiver was fantastic all season and only had three games all year with fewer than 5-Fantasy points (PPR scoring) He ended with 63receptions 859yards and 5TDs on 97 targets with missing 3 games due to hamstring injury. If Maclin can stay healthy he can easily see 120+ targets as teams double/triple D.Jax. Maclin will be targeted in the Mid-rounds (6-8) but very much has the potential of being a breakout stud this year.
7. A.Brown - Pit : Brown ended 12th in yards last year among WR's with 1,178yards but only 2TDs. Brown led the Steelers in targets last year(130) Wallace (123). With Defenses focusing on Wallace game after game, Big Ben will continue to find maturing Brown. In the Steelers last 10 games Brown posted atleast 80yards in 6 of those 10 games with both TDs coming late in the season as well. Fantasy owners should target him in your Draft as a high-end No. 3 with much more upside and potential in the Mid Rounds (6-8)
8. T.Young -Det : I totally expect Young to take over the No.2 spot from Burleson this year. Young ended with 52receptions 640yards and 6TDs on 94 targets in his rookie season. With a pass-1st mentality the Lions are expected to continue to produce points on the field and in the Fantasy world. Young is totally worth a late Round draft pick as his potential and upside out weight his draft value.
9. M.Williams- TB : The signing of V.Jackson could be the best thing to happen to Williams. Now he doesnt have to beat Top CBs/S and will likely WONT be double covered. Williams this year has the potential of posting his rookie year stats as he is coming out of his sophomore slump. Williams ended last year disappointing alot of Fantasy owners with only 65receptions 771yards 3TDs on 124targets. Owners held onto him hoping he would break out of his slump as some time but this year Williams could return to Top 15 receivers if Freeman can bounce back as well. For now consider Williams a mid-round pick (Rounds 7-9) as a borderline No. 3 receiver that has potential to breakout against man/man coverage.
10. L.Moore - NO : R.Meachem being shipped off to SD allows "slot" receiver L.Moore the ability for more targets. With the Saints Defense un-sure of what will become of their discipline the Saints offense should flourish again this year. Moore finished last year with 52receptions 627yards with 8TDs on 73targets while missing Kickoff week and Week 17. With the emergence of J.Graham teams will shift to double team Graham now which will open up underneath areas for Moore on crossing routes. Moore has the potential of double digit TDs because of Brees being a Top 3 Fantasy producer but with the weapons the Saints have Moore can be viewed as ah Mid-low end No.3 receiver that can be targeted in later Rounds (9-10).
11. D.Moore -Oak : Moore showed some big-play ability during his rookie campaign and finished the year with six total touchdowns. He averaged 18.7 yards per reception and appeared to develop a nice rapport with QB Carson Palmer. Moore finished with 33receptions 618yards and 3TDs on 76 targets while missing 3 games due to hamstring injury. Moore is worth a late-round flyer pick as his potential and upside outweighs his draft value, Moore can be snagged in Rounds 10+.