Wide Receivers: Draft them early – they will win you the fantasy title!

Aug 16, 2016

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Antonio Brown“ (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  Keith Allison 
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Last season, the likes of Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and Julio Jones played crucial roles for a number of fantasy football teams. Many running backs struggled to inspire confidence or suffered season-ending injuries, which helped to raise the stock of wide receivers throughout the campaign. And it is hard to see the running backs fighting back to buck the trend in 2016…
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Pittsburgh Steelers star Brown was absolutely sensational, especially in PPR leagues. He is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the National Football League and it would be fair to say he is a fantasy goldmine. Brown was effective in the receiving game but also played a brief role rushing out of the backfield when required. Basically, the Steelers have a fantastic asset at their disposal and you should definitely consider moving for Brown early on in the draft.
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Ultimately, this man is a huge asset in fantasy sports – especially those that include points for punt and kick returns. The Steelers number 84 recorded 1,834 yards at an average of 13.5 yards per catch; an impressive feat to say the least. And if Brown performs just as well in 2016, the Steelers could be set for a very successful campaign.
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At the time of writing, Pittsburgh are priced at 12/1 to win the Super Bowl in Paddy Power’s NFL betting odds and Brown could be the man to lead the Steelers to glory. However, he might not finish as the leading wide receiver again this time around. Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr are both in with a great chance of recording league-leading fantasy numbers this season and you would do well to select either star in your fantasy draft.
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Jones is a dominant figure on the Atlanta Falcons offense and the emergence of Devonta Freeman in the backfield really helped to boost his’ stock last season. While Freeman was taking a bunch of carries, the running back’s production meant that opposing defences couldn’t focus purely on Jones – they had to be aware of Freeman’s threat and that allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to expose the defense on more than one occasion.
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By the same token, Beckham Jr is equally as important for the New York Giants and he could be the difference for your fantasy team this year. Beckham Jr is a difference-maker and Eli Manning now has a genuine talent to look for when under pressure. He is a stud wide-out and it is only a matter of time before Beckham blossoms into the best receiver in the NFL. At times, his temperament comes into question but his skill and upside is unrivalled.
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You heard it here first, draft wide receivers early this year and YOU could be on your way to the fantasy championship…

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