Sat Jul 27th 2019
Positional Philosophy: Wide Receivers
The Wide Receiver Position
During this dead period is finally over! All 32 teams have reported to training camp, real news is trickling out from camps, and preseason games start next week. So this week I'll conclude my articles on positional philosophy. I hope that these articles will help you make decisions in the coming year that will balance out your rosters and put you in a better position to become a dynasty in your leagues.
I've already covered my philosophy at quarterback, tight ends, and running backs. Here is my philosophy when it comes to the wide receiver position. There are exceptions to every rule, but these are the things I aim for in all of my leagues. After listing them, I will share what my WR rooms look like on all of my teams.
I like to roster 8-10 WRs
- I aim to roster 8-10 WRs on my 27 to 30-man rosters, which constitutes 25% to 30% of my roster. I roster a few more WRs in leagues where I have to start 3 WRs every week and a few more in PPR leagues because they'll usually start in my flex spots. I'm willing to roster a few less in leagues where I am weak at RB and super-strong at WR such as the "Good Times" league listed below.
I like to have 3-4 WR ones and 5-6 unproven, high upside WRs
- I aim to have 3-4 WRs that are the unquestionable #1 WR on their team. I like to have my starting 3 WRs be the highest targeted player on their team. It can't happen every time in 12-team leagues, but I usually find a way to do so. Then I like to have 5-6 WRs that are young, unproven but have unlimited upside. Most of my rosters look like 3-4 older proven WRs and 5-6 young unproven WRs.
I like to hold onto rookies for 3-4 years
- I believe that WRs usually take 3-4 years before they break out. There are a few exceptions of course, but not many. At RB, I am willing to drop a rookie RB after 1-2 years. At WR, I am willing to hold a rookie WR for 3-4 years.
I like to invest in WRs on teams without a clear #1 WR
- At the RB position, I like to roster guys who I know can never become the lead back on their team because their short-term opportunity and value can rise dramatically if the starter gets injured. No so with WRs. I devalue WRs quite a bit when they're drafted to teams with proven stud WRs. Instead, I chose to invest in young WRs that could become the #1 WR since there is not a proven WR1 on their team. I have done this with WRs in Seattle, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville, and San Fransisco.
I like to invest in two young WRs on the same team
- In addition, I like to roster two young WRs on one team and hold them until one of them clearly wins the job over the other. I've done that this year with WRs in Seattle, Washington, and Jacksonville.
I like to trade 2 for 1 WRs to get the guy I want
- I often offer two young WRs for one WR who is their team's WR1. If I do not have enough WR1s on my team, I often offer two young WRs for one proven WR. Obviously, I target team's that are in rebuild mode with these offers. Like I said before, I like to have 3-4 WR1s on my team so I am willing to trade a lot to get there.
I like to draft 2 WRs in the first two rounds of start-up drafts
- I wrote about this last week on the RB philosophy article. I almost always target WRs in rounds one and two in start-up drafts. Proven WRs stay top twelve WRs year after year. I like the consistency of older proven vets, so I almost always draft two WRs with the first two picks of start-up drafts.
I rarely draft rookies in start-up drafts
- I take a win-now approach to start-up drafts which means I'm not willing to draft rookie WRs until after the 20th round if that. I love drafting rookie WRs in the rookie draft, but not WRs since they take so much longer to develop. After year one, I am willing to draft a lot of WRs in the rookie drafts.
I devalue WRs when they switch teams via trade or free agency
- The fact that WRs are not re-signed but given up to free agency or traded says something about their value in an of itself. Let alone the fact that WRs perform worse than any other fantasy position when they switch teams. If one of my WRs switches teams, I put him on the trading block to see if others are interested. I am rarely willing to draft or trade for a WR that has switched teams.
Here are my current rosters at WR
- Keeper League (10-team, 30-man roster): Keenan Allen, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Jarvis Landry, Donte Pettis, Trequan Smith, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, DaeSean Hamilton, Josh Doctson, and Terry McLaurin.
- Diehard League (12-team, 27-man roster, 1/2 PPR): Keenan Allen, TY Hilton, Adam Thielen, Robert Woods, Tyler Boyd, Nelson Agholor, Marquise Lee, David Moore, Deebo Samuel, and Gary Jennings.
- Freek League (10-team, 30-man roster): DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, Dede Westbrook, Golden Tate, Marquise Lee, Antonio Callaway, Josh Doctson, John Ross, Trey Quinn, and Deon Cain. *** We've yet to hold our rookie draft.
- Good Times League (10-team, 30-man roster): DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, Juju Smith-Schuster, Marquise Lee, Trey Quinn, Deebo Samuel, Andy Isabella, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside.
- Reality Sports Online League (12-team, 24-man roster, PPR): Devante Adams, TY Hilton, Robert Woods, Robby Anderson, Kenny Stills, Anthony Miller, Keke Coutee, DaeSean Hamilton, Terry McLaurin, and Gary Jennings.
- FFPC League (12-team, 20-man roster, PPR): Julio Jones, Brandin Cooks, Robby Anderson, Donte Pettis, Keke Coutee, and Jamison Crowder.
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