When drafting wide receivers in deeper formats in the later rounds, talent and potential opportunity is what to look for. There are many talented receivers going in these rounds, but at the moment they don’t have a clear path to significant targets. It will take either an injury to someone in front of them or a great preseason in which they ascend to a bigger role. Here are five wide receivers to consider drafting in the later rounds of deeper formats.
5 Late-Round Wide Receivers to Target
WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Godwin has been so good in training camp he has forced himself into a starting spot opposite Mike Evans with DeSean Jackson moving to the slot. Godwin is fast and athletic and showed what he could do in the final two weeks last season. In Week 16, he had three catches for 98 yards on six targets and had seven catches for 111 yards with a touchdown in Week 17. There’s still Evans, Jackson, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard and Jameis Winston is suspended for three games, but Godwin is a late-round pick that is forcing the Buccaneers to get him the ball more.
WR John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Yes, I know Brown is a health risk. Brown has the sickle-cell trait and it has led to him missing time, including six games last season. Brown is healthy now and having a good training camp. The talent is evident. Brown had 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015 with the Cardinals. Brown has reportedly stood out in training camp and the Ravens have a lot of targets up for grabs with all new starters at receiver. I took Brown in round 17 of the Scoutfantasysports.com staff draft. There’s no risk there.
WR Taywan Taylor, Tennessee Titans
Taylor has been running with the starters in training camp. The third-round pick didn’t get a lot of opportunity last year as a rookie. The Titans passing offense was one of the worst last season, but a new coaching staff has instilled hope with offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur, who is from the Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan coaching tree. Taylor, a big-play threat, will be the slot receiver and could play a bigger role if Rishard Matthews or Corey Davis get injured.
WR Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Sutton has been the talk of Broncos training camp. He has been making highlight catches all the time. The next step is to do it in games, but it’s becoming difficult for the Broncos to leave him off the field. The Broncos don’t have a tight end that commands a lot of targets and they could use more three-wide sets. The second-round pick from SMU is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and has speed.
WR John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
Ross played three games in his rookie season last year due to knee and shoulder injuries and didn’t have a catch on two targets. He has elite speed and can be the No. 2 receiver in the offense. He was taken with the ninth overall pick last season, so he will get plenty of opportunities due to the draft capital. The Bengals have been pleased with Ross to release Brandon LaFell.
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