Fanelli’s Fantasy Files: Five Best Ball Sleeper Wide Receiversby Mike Fanelli July 5, 2021 0 comments
Fantasy football has been around for a long time. However, recently fantasy football has expanded into different styles of play. From keeper to dynasty to DFS, we also have best ball. Unlike season-long leagues and DFS, you don’t set your weekly lineups with best ball. All you do is draft your team and forget about it until after the season. Each week, the highest-scoring lineup automatically gets set for your team. Unlike season-long leagues, where you have to worry about the weekly floor of your players, in best ball, you want the players with the most upside.
Superstar players like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, and Travis Kelce are still very valuable in best ball. However, players with safe weekly floors but limited upside like Josh Jacobs and Tyler Boyd are less valuable. Instead, fantasy owners want to target players with massive upside to go off any given week or score zero fantasy points like Mike Williams and Latavius Murray. However, just like in any fantasy football format, there are sleeper players that can help you win your best ball leagues. Today, I gave my five favorite sleeper wide receivers with an ADP outside the top 100 on Underdog Fantasy.
Be sure to check out all of Fanelli’s Best Ball Sleepers.
Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (122.2 ADP)
There are several undervalued wide receivers by the fantasy community. However, Jones might be the most undervalued. Jones has caught nine or more touchdowns in three of the last four seasons. During those three seasons, Jones averaged 11.9 or more fantasy points per game in half-point PPR scoring. While Jones has been consistent year to year, he hasn’t been very consistent game to game. Last season, Jones had five games with 17.4 or more fantasy points, averaging 23 per game in those contests. However, by comparison, Jones scored under eight fantasy points in eight games, averaging 5.3 per game in those contests. Now in Jacksonville, Jones is the veteran in a young wide receiver room. Expect Jones to continue to have his monster games with the Jaguars.
Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders (125.9 ADP)
As a rookie, Ruggs was a massive disappointment, averaging only 5.5 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, he scored a total of 71.1 fantasy points in 13 games last season. However, he scored 32.7 of them (46 percent) in two games. In the other 11 games, Ruggs never scored more than 8.1 fantasy points and totaled only 38.4 fantasy points. As Ruggs enters his second year in the NFL, he has a chance to take over as the Raiders’ top wide receiver. With Nelson Agholor in New England, Ruggs should see more snaps and more vertical targets. In season-long leagues, drafting Ruggs is a massive risk. However, with best ball leagues, you can enjoy Ruggs’ explosive weeks and avoid him in his weaker weeks.
Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (130.8 ADP)
Last season as a rookie, Davis saw more than five targets in only two games. Despite that, Davis finished second on the team with seven touchdowns. More impressively, Davis was one touchdown away from matching Stefon Diggs for the team-high. When Davis found the end zone, he averaged 12.6 fantasy points per game. By comparison, when Davis didn’t score a touchdown, he averaged only 3.5 fantasy points per game. In the offseason, the Bills released John Brown, opening the door for a starting role opposite of Diggs. While he will have competition from Emmanuel Sanders, Davis has the talent to turn into a weekly winner for your fantasy team.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (137.7 ADP)
Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, Moore was a polarizing prospect. However, landing with the Cardinals was the ideal spot for his fantasy value. Moore has the talent to take any touch to the house while making defenders look stuck in quicksand. The Cardinals’ offense is center around getting the ball in the hands of their playmakers in space. Last season, the Cardinals called several screens for DeAndre Hopkins. This year, many of those screens will go to Moore instead. However, there is a downside with Moore. The Cardinals have several weapons on offense that will require touches. Therefore, there will be weeks where Moore has several touches and finds the end zone. However, there will also be weeks where he gets 3-4 touches and finishes with under 10 fantasy points.
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (186.9 ADP)
Much like Moore, Toney is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Also, like Moore, Toney has a target share monster on the outside in Kenny Golladay. While Hopkins is a much better receiver than Golladay, the Giants also have Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. The trio of receivers, combined with Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley, will limit Toney’s upside some weeks as he will only receive 2-3 touches. However, other than Slayton, the rest of the Giants’ receiving core has an injury history. There will be weeks where Toney will rack up over 100 yards and two touchdowns. In season-long leagues, you have to guess when those weeks are. But, in best ball leagues, you can sit back and enjoy them without having to guess.
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