by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
On the lookout for a sleeper wide receiver at the tail end of your draft? Here are a few names to consider, and while they are hardly locks to emerge they do have the potential to make a real impact before long:
Keke Coutee – Houston Texans
Current Average ADP – 269.5
The Houston Texans’ receiving corps is going to be led by DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, but who absorbs the opportunities out of the slot remains to be seen. While incumbent Braxton Miller will likely be the favorite, it’s Coutee who could ultimately assume the role and rise into fantasy relevance.
Selected in the fourth round, NFL.com gave the following scouting report prior to the draft:
Lanky speed merchant with an ability to take the top off of a defense as well as handle the nickel and dime action underneath. Coutee’s lack of route experience and play strength could lead to a bumpy initial season, but his ability to separate both vertically and out of his breaks should make him a coveted slot target capable of adding chunk plays to an offense or return game in need of some juice.
As far as the routes go, he appears to be improving quickly. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (click here for the article):
Coutee is a dynamic receiver in the open field capable of eluding defenders. During minicamps, Coutee ran sharp routes and caught the football smoothly.
In other words he has the potential to make a Tyreek Hill type impact, if the Texans make an effort to get the ball in his hands. It may take time to develop and he could open as a boom or bust type receiver, but he’s a player to consider at the end of your draft if your goal is to get as much upside as possible.
Albert Wilson – Miami Dolphins
Current Average ADP – 242.7
Wilson isn’t going to be the team’s top wide receiver (that role belongs to DeVante Parker), but Jarvis Landry is now in Cleveland and that leaves a lot of opportunities. Just look at Landry’s targets over the past three seasons:
- 2015 – 165
- 2016 – 131
- 2017 – 160
That’s an average of 9.5 targets per game, and while no one player is likely to get them all Wilson has an opportunity to absorb his fair share. He never got his fair share of opportunities in Kansas City, with his 63 targets in 2017 being a career high, but the Dolphins made a heavy investment in him for a reason. His biggest competition will come from Danny Amendola, who’s 32-years old and hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2014. Don’t be surprised if Wilson gets an opportunity and makes the most of it.
Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers
Current Average ADP – 155.0
The seventh overall selection in the 2017 draft, Williams managed just 11 receptions over 10 games as a rookie (as he battled a back issue) and has understandably fallen a bit off of radars. That said the 6’4” and 220 lbs. receiver should be given a significant opportunity in 2018. With Hunter Henry out for the year the team needs a red zone threat, a role Williams could easily step into. Just look at this scouting report from NFL.com:
Williams looks the part of a WR1 and has shown an ability to work all three levels of the field after coming back from his 2015 neck injury. Williams is tough enough to be a high-volume target while working the middle of the field and his size and ball skills make him a formidable foe in the end zone. He’ll have to be coached up with his routes and releases, but he has the talent to become a big safety blanket for a young quarterback.
Keenan Allen is going to be the team’s top option, but would it really be a stretch to see him surpass Tyrell Williams in terms of volume/production? With the potential to be the leading option in the red zone, consider him well worth the gamble.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Houston Chronicle
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