Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: 3 Wide Receiver Sleepers to Target for 2021
Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images. Pictured: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals
With fantasy football draft season in full swing, I thought it was time to dust off the old notebook and get back to my research, because … ya know … it’s better late than never.
My procrastination has finally reached DEFCON 1, and I’m panicking, which is also the wheelhouse for my best work.
It’s not true, but it does make me feel a little better, and let’s be honest, being an (almost!!) middle-aged stay-at-home mom with a penchant for booze and gambling isn’t exactly a self-esteem booster.
So, without concerning you even more about my inability to function as a normal human being, here are some of my favorite fantasy football wide receiver sleepers to look for in your upcoming draft.
Welcome to Man Crush … Wednesday? [audible sigh]
Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Draft Strategy
It is important to find the players who yield the biggest payoff vs. the price (draft position) and generally speaking, I like players with lower average draft positions (ADP) but potentially high ceilings.
Running backs will always be my priority in fantasy football drafts, so it makes sense that finding value with wide receivers in later rounds will help create a more evenly-distributed roster while also providing the ability to lock in other key positions early.
This year, I’m all about that ROI, and that bass, but that’s a discussion for another day
Below are three sleeper wide receivers who I’m targeting at their current ADPs.
3 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers
1. Tyler Boyd
Boyd’s ADP is sitting snugly around WR36 and 89th overall. Prior to Joe Burrow’s injury last season, Boyd was producing nicely at WR18.
With A.J. Green now in Arizona out and Ja’Marr Chase filling at least some of that role, there is a good chance we will see Boyd turn in another 1000-yard season with plenty of room for more.
While an argument can be made that Tee Higgins and Chase will steal some of his targets, Boyd’s ADP still feels too low.
And with no real tight end threat to speak of, potential rookie growing pains from Chase and a tough 2021 NFL schedule, don’t be surprised to see Boyd vault himself into a top-24 fantasy receiver.
2. Marvin Jones
According to FantasyPros’ ADP, Jones is currently being drafted 133rd overall and 51st among wide receivers.
It’s also safe to assume that Jacksonville’s offseason acquisition of Jones is a positive for a few reasons:
- New offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell clearly likes him from their time in Detroit together, so much so that he brought him along to Jacksonville.
- Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence needs a consistent veteran wideout/security “blankey.”
- Lawrence … well … should be pretty good.
Add in the fact that D.J. Chark underwent finger surgery in early August, and there’s plenty of upside for Jones.
I mean, all those Tim Tebow targets have to go somewhere, right?
3. Jaylen Waddle
Out of all the receivers in Miami’s offense, Waddle has the most talent and upside along with the lowest ADP.
Obviously, he’ll be competing against Will Fuller V (who is suspended for the first game of the season) and DeVante Parker for receptions, but with his speed and play-making ability, Waddle should have no problems earning an integral role in this offense.
It also doesn’t hurt that he has been reunited with his college quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.
I love a good inspirational love story. Bring us home Celine …