The wide receiver position is as deep as ever for fantasy football and knowing the right fantasy football sleepers to snag late in your draft can be exactly what you need to win your league.
Five wide receivers to target
Robby Anderson, New York Jets – This is simply a case of opportunity. A lot of it. Anderson did OK in his rook campaign, posting 42-587-2 on a miserable Jets’ squad. The team should be even worse this year, which means a lot of throwing (from marginal talent). It won’t always be pretty, but Anderson might find his way toward 75 catches and his first 1,000-yard campaign.
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions – Possibly a year too early, Golladay looks the part of being a solid option for Detroit, who lost Anquan Boldin’s sure hands and red-zone targets since last year. With a bright future, consistency could be an issue but he’s well worth a late-round stash as a WR6.
Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles – Despite a lot of early buzz, Agholor hasn’t shown more than flashes his first two years. However, he’s seeing time in the slot and drawing solid reviews. More hype? Possibly. The upside is there for the former USC product, who should set career highs in yards, receptions and touchdowns.
Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots – Brandin Cooks is getting all of the attention, but Mitchell should improve on last year’s 32-401-4 stat line if he lands consistent playing time in the Patriots’ various packages. With Cooks, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski stealing the attention from opposing D’s, Mitchell might run free – a lot.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Oakland Raiders – With killer field vision, elusive in the open field and solid speed, Patterson should be the No. 3 target among the Raiders’ talented receivers. His 6-foot-2 frame helps, too, and he started to show flashes last year – with the Vikings – that made him look promising a few years ago. He’ll probably be better in best-ball leagues, but there is a ton of upside to be found here if a few chips fall into place.
Find out where these receivers fall within our 2017 wide receiver fantasy football rankings and cheat sheets.