Where to Spend Late Picks in Your Draft: WRs (Fantasy Football)
Plenty of WRs are available to take a shot on this year later in your drafts. Everyone is still chasing that 2021 Amon-Ra St. Brown feeling, and understandably so. A reminder that all of the WRs mentioned here are currently being drafted after the 12th round, courtesy of the ADP comparison tool on the website. We are also using 12-team, 0.5 PPR data as well.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys, 13.02
Few people probably remember Michael Gallup’s solid 2019 season, where he finished as WR22. He followed that up with a decent 2020 as WR38, but it came crashing down in 2022 when he had a calf injury and later a torn ACL. Needless to say, last year was less than great for Gallup. His efficiency should get a bump this season, with another year post-injury under his belt, and even though the word on the street is that the Dallas Cowboys plan to “slow the offense down,” it is somewhat hard to believe. He is still playing with a QB who, in twelve games last season, still managed to pass for almost 3,000 yards. At a 17-game pace, that would project for over 4,000 yards.
Sure, Gallup is playing behind the highly talented CeeDee Lamb and the (possibly resurgent) Brandin Cooks, but taking a shot at him in the 13th round or beyond, you aren’t looking for him to be your WR2. You are simply looking at a player who has done it before on a team that, no matter what they say, likes to pass. Worth a shot.
Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers, 14.02
There have been rumors that Jordan Love’s number-one guy in Green Bay this season is not Christian Watson but Romeo Doubs. It wasn’t a great rookie season for Doubs, who missed four games to injury. There were some bright spots – he had two weeks where he finished in the top 20 WRs, and he was WR12 in Week 3. He did have 26% of the team’s total WR targets, topping Watson’s 24%. Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard have both made the Rodgers pilgrimage to New York, and they combined for almost 400 routes from the slot last season. This opens up a solid opportunity for Doubs to be the man in the slot. Love has been vocal about his love of Doubs: “When in doubt, you can throw it out there, and you know he’s going to make a play, and he’s done a great job going and getting the ball wherever it’s at. It builds my confidence in him, just being able to throw the ball out there and know he’s going to make a play.”
Doubs looked solid in the first week of the preseason, catching both passes for 21 yards and a TD.
Jordan Love ➡️ Romeo Doubs vs the Bengals defense
— PFF (@PFF) August 10, 2023
Tank Dell, Houston Texans, 18.09
That Tank Dell – he’s so hot right now. When the Texans took on the Patriots the first week of the preseason, Dell showed why he deserved to be on an NFL field. Catching five balls for over 60 yards and an incredible TD, the shorter rookie demonstrated the speed that got him 1,355 receiving yards his final year in college at Houston. That’s the most for a WR in his class. There are murmurings that Dell could even be the Texans’ WR1 when the season starts, and it certainly is an option. The depth chart ahead of him is Nico Collins, Robert Woods, and Noah Brown, and if Dell continues to ball out like this, I don’t know how you hold him back. I know it’s scary to draft a pass-catcher with a rookie QB, but Stroud and Dell seem to have a connection. At the very end of your draft, Dell has tremendous upside on a team that should have to throw a lot.
Tank Dell can FLY 💨
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) August 11, 2023
Justyn Ross, Kansas City Chiefs, 18.12
We all had a scare seeing Ross carted off the field during practice, but it appeared to be nothing more than a flesh wound as he was back a day later. Ross lost his rookie season to recovering from a foot injury, so 2023 is ripe with possibility. And there is some buzz surrounding him at camp, running with the 1s. Mahomes seems to like him, too, “Yeah, he’s a good one; he is learning the offense fast; you can tell he’s been in the offense for a year now. Obviously, making big plays, he’s getting more and more involved in those first-team reps, and so a guy that I have a lot of hope for that he can be a really good player in this offense.”
Past Travis Kelce, I could tell you a story where any pass catcher could be the WR1 for the Chiefs. So why not Ross? Kadarius Toney always seems to be injured, Skyy Moore had a tough time proving himself last year, Rashee Rice is solid but still a rookie, and MVS is getting up there. In the later rounds, you want to target players on good offenses with upside. Check and check on Ross.
Justyn Ross seems to be fine after being carted off the field yesterday 👀
— PFF (@PFF) August 16, 2023