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.