Nostalgia is a funny thing. Remember buying video games at your local GameStop? Or Seeing movies in an AMC theater? Or drafting Michael Thomas as the #1 wide receiver? Well, all those things are back in a big way! Buckle up, boys and girls! We are going to take a look at some wide receivers who everyone used to love that could be bought low and take your teams #ToTheMoon this year!
5. Deebo Samuel
After breaking out in 2019 as a rookie, Deebo has been largely dismissed after a 2020 that saw him dogged with injury and a COVID diagnosis. The electric playmaker is going outside of the top 100 in our latest ADP. Deebo is the perfect mid-round target to fill out your wide receiver group.
The Niners are a trendy pick to win the NFC this year. Shanahan is an offensive guru who loves to scheme the ball into the hands of playmakers who can create their own chunk yardage. None of the QBs on the roster are known for throwing up 50/50 deep balls. All of this creates an environment very conducive for a YAC monster like Deebo. This is definitely a player to buy low.
Fun fact: Deebo Samuel scored the same amount of rushing TDs in 2019 as Miles Sanders and Le’Veon Bell.
4. Jerry Jeudy
Jeudy has All-Pro wide receiver upside if things break right. There aren’t many receivers floating around in the 8th round who can say that. He’s incredibly talented, a sharp route runner, and most of all, he actually gets an off-season program this year. People tend to forget that the Broncos selected Jeudy with the 15th overall pick last year. He’s too talented and has too much draft capital invested in him for the team to let him languish in mediocrity.
Despite the uncertainty at QB this year, Jeudy will push 1,000 receiving yards. Touchdowns are impossible to predict, but the yardage alone makes him a great buy low.
3. Keenan Allen
Why is this cat even on a buy low list!? This is a perfect example of how perception isn’t always the reality in fantasy football. People believe that Keenan Allen is an old and injury-prone wide receiver. In reality, he is the same age as DeAndre Hopkins. Other than an ACL in 2016 and a freak kidney laceration in 2015, he’s been very reliable. Allen has great feet and even better hands. He was a PPR monster with Rivers for years and he is the undisputed top option for exciting second-year QB Justin Herbert. Whether you are playing redraft, dynasty, best ball or some other format, Keenan Allen is an undervalued stud.
2. Michael Thomas
With a 3rd round ADP, Michael Thomas could be the buy low steal of your draft. With the exception of last year, MT has been a top 6 receiver every year of his career, and he was far and away the best receiver in fantasy in 2019. That kind of talent doesn’t just evaporate in one year. People were badly burnt by Thomas in their 2020 drafts and now they are pushing him too far down the board as a result.
He is healthy again, his former noodle-armed QB has retired, and he has the legit possibility of being on the receiving end of Jamies Winston’s #yolo passes for an entire season! Let’s go! Michael Thomas is a first-round wide receiver talent going in the third round of your draft. Buy. That. Dip.
1. Courtland Sutton
This is the second Denver Bronco to appear in our Top 5. The Broncos had a disappointing 2020, but that creates a buying opportunity for the rest of us. Courtland Sutton is a magician of a wide receiver whose greatest trick was making Drew Lock look good in 2018 and 2019. Then he pulled a disappearing act in 2020 thanks to injury.
The good news is that the injury occurred in September, which means plenty of time to recover and regain form. Sutton is a prototypical big-bodied alpha receiver. Now he will be surrounded by legit weapons like Fant, Jeudy, Hambler, and a nice running back group–all of which will help Sutton get more favorable coverage. On top of that, the Broncos should have four to six fantasy-friendly shootouts baked into their season against division rivals.
Sutton has already proven he can be a success with Lock under center. If Teddy Two Gloves wins that job, Sutton probably won’t have to make so many diving circus catches, which might help stave off additional injuries and help his efficiency. Heaven forbid a certain disgruntled NFC North QB makes his way to Denver…
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