The late rounds of fantasy football drafts, I’m typically looking to gamble on lottery tickets with upside. If the lottery ticket busts, I have no emotional attachment and will cut bait for the next big thing. The end of drafts also provide an opportunity to pick up values, players in which should have gotten selected earlier. In this post I’m going to highlight a few Wide Receivers I will look to draft late or be prepared to pick up off waivers.
Texans WR Brandin Cooks is a player I have sworn off drafting. The overall production too frequently doesn’t line up with the draft cost. Lack of TD’s is a major problem for Cooks as 9 in his 2nd season is a career high. Playing for 4 teams in 7 NFL seasons doesn’t help with building continuity in an offense. In 5 of his 7 seasons Cooks has over 1,000 yards. 2021 is a new year and I’m back on the Brandin Cooks train. The Texans are my pick to be the worst team in the NFL this season. I foresee a lot of playing from behind for the Texans this year. Deshaun Watson’s status for the season is TBD. Tyrod Taylor is a lower level starting QB, but is good enough to force feed Cooks in garbage time. Cooks also had the 2022 season of his voided so free agency looms. I’m a big believer in drafting contract year guys. Cooks is a player I’d like to get as a WR3/4
Jets WR Corey Davis was given a three-year-deal after posting career-highs in yards and touchdowns in 2020. The new look Jets have done a better job supporting their rookie QB Zach Wilson, than what they did with Sam Darnold. The Jets have a long way to go to being a competitive team. Wilson looks like a good NFL prospect, but I would anticipate him turning the ball over a lot as a rookie. Davis is someone I would consider as a WR 5.
John “Smoky” Brown was lost in the shuffle in Buffalo last season with just 52 targets in 9 games. At age 31 Brown is looking to rebound in Las Vegas. Brown has a pair of 1,000 seasons in his 7-year-career with 2019 the peak 72 catches for 1,060 yards and 6 TD. Darren Waller and Kenyan Drake are anticipated to be the top 2 targets in the passing game. Brown will have to fight off Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards, Willie Snead, and Hunter Renfrow for targets. Ruggs will go earlier in drafts due to name recognition over Brown. Depending on league size it’s entirely possible Brown goes undrafted. I see Brown going undrafted in most 10-team leagues. He could be a popular waiver claim if Ruggs doesn’t take the step forward in 2021.
The Lions signed Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman to replace Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Detroit is beginning a rebuild under a new administration. Williams and Perriman could lose targets to Amon-Ra St. Brown as the season progresses. Jared Goff is a good enough QB to make one of these wideouts fantasy relevant. I see TJ Hockenson and D’Andre Swift being the Lions top pass catchers this season. Williams or Perriman could be early season waiver claims for fantasy owners lacking receiver depth.
At the end of drafts you’re looking for lottery tickets or values. Cooks and Davis could be garbage time heroes this season. Brown, Williams, and Perriman possibly could go undrafted this summer, but be early season waiver claims.