Fantasy Focus: WRs
As a fantasy owner, nothing is more painful than drafting a bust, a player who potentially derails a promising season. Though these receivers performed well below expectations last season, it's time to forgive and forget, and target them in drafts because of their lowered values. Look to fill your roster with these players on draft day.
Here are some WRs who should be in the fantasy news all season long:
A.J. Green – Bengals: By Green’s standards, 2014 was a down year. He was injured for most of the campaign on a team that passed the ball very little, but still managed to rack up more than 1,000 yards receiving and seven scores. This year, he should see production closer to his usual numbers. Many fantasy owners are scared of Green this year because of his trouble with health last year, but over the course of his entire career, the star WR has a relatively good track record of staying on the field, and when he’s 100%, Green is one of the most heavily targeted guys out there. Draft him confidently as a late WR1 and expect numbers similar to his first two years in the league: 1,400 yards and more than 10 touchdowns. He is a lock to be a regular in our fantasy updates.
Pierre Garçon – Redskins: Although he caught more than 100 passes two years ago, last season Garçon was a dud, going for 752 yards and only three touchdowns. The talent is obviously there, Garçon has put up elite WR numbers before. If the QB situation stays more stable in Washington then he should see more reliable throws and consistent targets. There’s no chance that he repeats what he did in 2013, but solid flex numbers are realistic, making him a late round steal.
Keenan Allen – Chargers: Along with the entire Chargers offense, Allen was a large disappointment last season, never finding the groove he had two years ago. This year he is primed to produce solid numbers again. With the support of a revamped offensive line and rookie running back Melvin Gordon, look for San Diego to move the ball much better this season. More time for Rivers and less focus on Allen should result in the talented receiver outing in a career year.
Brandon Marshall – Jets: Marshall was one of the biggest busts of 2014. After entering the preseason with high expectations, many expected Marshall to produce elite fantasy numbers as their first wide receiver. While struggling with injuries all season, Marshall never looked like himself. The former Bear joined the Jets this offseason, and is a popular player to avoid this year, even late in drafts. Expect for Marshall to produce atop the depth chart with the veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has produced solid wideouts in the past, throwing him the ball. 1,000 or more yards with eight touchdowns is a realistic projection for Marshall this season.
Andre Johnson – Colts: The problem with Johnson last season had little to do with him. The aging superstar was playing with an atrocious QB situation, catching passes from four different throwers throughout the season, all of whom were below average at their position. Johnson should experience a revitalization after catching only three touchdowns last season. On a high-powered Colts offense, he will see less focus from the defense and higher quality targets. Look for Johnson to be a reliable flex or WR2 in 2015.
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