Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

High value wide receivers you can draft in the mid-to-late rounds

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With Carolina Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) back from injury, there should be less pressure on No. 2 wideout Devin Funchess, making him a potential value pick. With Carolina Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) back from injury, there should be less pressure on No. 2 wideout Devin Funchess, making him a potential value pick. Keith Allison/Flickr

Wide receivers being drafted outside the positional top 50 that are poised to crush their average draft position (ADP)

Torrey Smith | San Francisco 49ers

Current ADP: WR 51 | Round 11-12

Last season, on a terrible 49ers team, Torrey Smith struggled to find consistent fantasy production and finished just inside the top 50 WRs in standard leagues. The 2016 season brings a new coach, a new offense, and potentially a new fantasy lease on life. Chip Kelly has shown that he loves taking shots deep (which is really where Torrey Smith makes his money as a pass catcher), and the Kelly offense has produced a Top-25 wide receiver in every season Chip’s been calling plays in the NFL (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jordan Matthews). Combine that new offense with what should be a struggling defense and an overall bad team, and you have a recipe for fantasy goodness. Being taken as a WR5 in most leagues, Smith has the upside to obliterate his value at the position.

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Devin Funchess | Carolina Panthers

Current ADP: WR 61 | Round 13

As a rookie, Devin Funchess struggled to get on the field initially, and then struggled to consistently catch the ball on a team that was fairly devoid of pass catching playmakers. Couch that with the fact that it was widely reported Funchess struggled to pick up the offense, and his inconsistent (and relatively paltry) fantasy production begins to make perfect sense. Heading into his sophomore season, Funchess seems to have a strong grasp of the playbook and has reportedly been tearing up OTAs in the recent weeks. The return of Kelvin Benjamin is only going to help the second-year breakout candidate as KB’s likely going to be the focal point of defenses attempting to defend the pass. Funchess is a sneaky bet to flirt with Top-36 wide receiver value and is going undrafted in most 10 team re-draft formats.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:35
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at FFChamps.com before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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