NFL training camps begin at the end of July, which means that it’s time to start paying serious attention to players who could benefit your fantasy football teams. Not only are we here to provide you great fantasy football team names, we’re also here to help you succeed in your fantasy football drafts.
This week, let’s take a look at some viable wide receivers who you might be able to get for a bargain price.
Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Splitting time between the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams last season, Lloyd managed 70 receptions for 966 yards and 5 touchdowns, and that was with subpar quarterbacks throwing to him.
Now he has followed former Denver head coach and St. Louis offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to New England. A deep threat who is familiar with the offensive scheme and who has Tom Brady as his quarterback in a pass-heavy offense, Lloyd is in line for a breakout season.
He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the 6th round in Yahoo fantasy football leagues. That’s a steal for someone we envision as a Top 10 wide receiver.
Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith’s rookie season was pretty good: 50 receptions, 841 yards, 7 touchdowns. Impressively, he did that while suffering through a double hernia for most of the year—something he has had surgically corrected in the off-season.
A healthy Smith with a year of NFL experience under his belt and with Joe Flacco as his quarterback intrigues us.
He’s currently going toward the end of the 9th round in Yahoo fantasy football leagues, which is a good bargain for a Top 30 wide receiver who could serve as your WR2 or WR3.
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
Like Smith, Moore is entering his second season in the NFL, so he’ll be looking to improve on a rookie campaign that resulted in 33 receptions for 618 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was Carson Palmer’s go-to guy until an ankle injury slowed him down, and he’s now the Raiders’ No. 2 wide receiver.
Moore isn’t being drafted in Yahoo fantasy football leagues until late in the 12th round. We see potential there as a Top 30 wide receiver.
Greg Little, Cleveland Browns
Yes, we know. It’s the Cleveland Browns we’re talking about here. But even with a bad case of the dropsies last year, the rookie Little caught 61 passes for 709 yards and 2 touchdowns.
We’re going to assume that he’s worked on securing the ball in the off-season, and we’re a little intrigued to see how the addition of QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson, plus WR Josh Gordon through the supplemental draft, will impact Little’s production.
The Browns are obviously a very young team in a very tough division, but with Little going in the 12th round and having Top 40 wide receiver potential, he might be worth a stash on your roster.
Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams
A rookie wide receiver on a bad team. Not exactly getting your juices flowing, right? Quick, however, has the potential to be one of the best rookie receivers in the league, and he’s expected to be QB Sam Bradford’s No. 1 target.
Going in the middle of the 15th round in Yahoo fantasy football drafts, Quick is worth a grab just to see what he can do.