7 Fantasy Football WR’s That Never Lived Up To The Hype in 2016

7 Fantasy Football WR That Never Lived Up To The Hype in 2016

The 2016 draft looked to be real deep at fantasy football WR. Big money was thrown at almost the full top 3 tiers.  A savvy auctioneer goes into their draft with an idea of how much they want to spend on each position.  It is safe to say that last year many people wanted a solid corp of fantasy football WR’s.  If you were like me, many of your dream targets either pooped the bed, or got hurt-again! Below is a list of last year’s  fantasy football WR flops and what I think they are capable of this year.

 

Here Are Your 7 Fantasy Football WR

Demaryius Thomas, Denver, AAV (Average Auction Value in 2016) $34

Last year Demaryius finished as the 15th ranked WR (always talking PPR).  Now, at $34, that’s not a bad return on investment. Demaryius has never been really blessed with great QB play other than the short time he played with Peyton Manning.  His career really took off in 2012 when he scored 297 FP (fantasy points).  He followed that season up with 319, 339, 271, 228 and last year 249 fantasy points. Last year was his worst finish in terms of ranking, in the past 5 years as he was a perennial top 10 finisher every other year.  Based on his fairly consistent performance and the fact that his QB’s have another year under their belts, I expect DT to challenge for top 10 status once again.  I also expect you may snag him for closer to the $25 range.

 

Status: Buy as your WR 2 for $25 or less and potentially get a WR1!

 

Dez Bryant, Dallas, AAV 2016 $52

When Dez took off in 2012, he finished as the 4th ranked WR.  He followed that up with 7th and 4th again the next 2 years.  But an injury plagued 2015 saw him finish as the 81st WR, thus we all expected a huge bounce back in 2016- only to see him finish 40th.  He definitely did not provide good bang for your auction buck  last year.  He did miss 3 games last year and based on his average FP/game, had he played he could have finished as high as the 17th ranked WR.  That is better, but still not a good buy for over $50.  Last year the Cowboys saw two young stars emerge, Zeke at RBG and Dak at QB.  Because these players are really good, and because the Cowboys had a great season, I don’t expect the Cowboys to change a lot.  He may see a few more targets and we need to assume he plays all 16, but the Cowboys are a popular team and Dez is a clear #1.  Thus, his cost will continue to be high, buyer beware!

 

Status: Avoid, as he will cost close to $50+ again, and for that money he needs to be at least a top 6 WR.  I think he may finish around 12-15.

 

Allen Robinson, Jacksonville, AAV 2016 $49

Allen Robinson made his debut in 2014.  That year he played 10 games and put up 115 FP.  He followed that up with 304 FP in his second year so big $$ was ready for him in the 2016 auction.  What did he do?  He finished with 197 FP-good for 28th.  Again, for the money he cost, it was a waste last year.  Much of his problems lay with his QB play as Bortles was poor.  He has worked on his footwork and we expect to see improvements, however, they jumped up and drafted Leonard Fournette at RB.  All signs point to Jacksonville being a much more run heavy offense this year.  He is still their number 1 WR and if Bortles is better, he could have a decent year.  He is also in a contract year which should provide added motivation.  He will be draftable all based on price.

 

Status:  If less than $35, consider.  If less than $25 buy hard.  If over $35 then pass!

 

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