The league has been de-emphasizing fantasy football running backs and that’s with good reason. Specialists are becoming more popular and work horses are few and far between. Plus the injuries and platooning really makes it tough to invest such a high draft pick on backs. Also, more leagues are starting three wide receivers and that’s putting a stress on fantasy owners to address the situation early. So with more owners taking that philosophy, finding sleepers in the receiver position is more important than ever. Let’s take a look at some of the ones you should be targeting in your draft.
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
Where do Calvin Johnson’s targets go? That’s one of the questions surrounding the Lions and Matthew Stafford. In the past, Golden Tate received the rise in looks, and some will remember in 2014 when Tate was the focus of the offense, receiving over 13 targets per game and averaging 150 yards per game in a two game stretch. But consider the last year when Johnson was nicked up and ailing. Tate never had a 100-yard game last season. Sure, he still had high targets of 10 or more and a few two-touchdown games, but by and large, Tate’s a guy to help move the chains in the slot, he’s not a downfield threat so he gets his action through volume.
The Lions paid a pretty penny for Jones, some felt too much and given the paltry free agent market for receivers, the Lions’ will look either smart in grabbing him before other suitors came in, or look bad in throwing money away on marginal talent. Now it’s just preseason, but Jones has looked like the top receiver on the Lions and certainly their big deep threat. What fantasy owners will want to see from this point on is how much veteran Anquan Boldin bites into Jones’ production, otherwise, he’s in store for some significant work.