The WR2 Report: NFC North
We have finally reached the halfway point of the WR2 Report. Real quick for those that do not know, Scott Fish Bowl 9 drafts began last week. If you do not know what the Scott Fish Bowl is, it is a fantasy league that donates to fantasy cares. I was lucky enough to finish in one of the top-10 fastest drafting divisions which means you can see my full team below. Some of the less fortunate divisions are still drafting.
There is my team, feel free to make fun of it all you want. Or tell me how awesome it is, totally up to you. Alright, back to the task at hand, here is the WR2 Report for the NFC North.
Anthony Miller, Overall ADP 140, WR54 (Fantasy Football Calculator)
The 51st overall pick of the 2018 draft showed significant flashes in a somewhat dull rookie season. During his three years at Memphis, he hauled in 37 touchdowns. The collegiate touchdown machine continued to find himself in the end zone with a team-high seven receiving TDs. He finished the season with 33 receptions and 423 yards to finish as WR61.
At Memphis, Miller accounted for north of 40% of receiving touchdowns in 2016 and 2017. He commanded nearly 30% of the Bears receiving touchdowns in 2018. Over 21% of Miller’s receptions went for touchdowns, second to only Mike Williams among wide receivers with 30+ receptions. That number will surely go down as he should be in line for more targets. But Miller knows how to get in the end zone. He has has a serious chance to be a steal in drafts at his current ADP.
Marvin Jones, Overall ADP 99, WR38
Jones is coming off a disappointing 2018 campaign in which he played in just nine games. He finished with 35 receptions, 508 yards receiving, and five touchdowns. Golden Tate’s absence, after a midseason trade to Philadelphia, did not affect Jones as much as the PPR average reflects. Jones recorded more targets, receptions, and yards per game without Tate in 2018. However, Jones failed to find the end zone in the two games without Tate which explains why his average is three points lower per game without Tate.
The 29-year-old will look to return to his 2017 form when he caught 61 balls for 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns while finishing as WR11. If Jones can get back to that level, he will be a league winner in many leagues this season.
Green Bay Packers
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Overall ADP 106, WR42
The Packers drafted receivers in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. The fifth-round selection out of South Florida led the 2018 rookie trio with 38 receptions, 581 receiving yards, and two touchdowns behind Davante Adams. During a five-game stretch from Weeks 5-10, Valdes-Scantling saw at least five targets and finished as a WR3 in all five games.
This five-game stretch showed the true potential of both Valdes-Scantling and the Packers WR2 position. Valdes-Scantling is the current leader in the clubhouse to assume the role in 2019, but no matter who is in the Packers WR2 role they will hold quality fantasy value this season.
Stefon Diggs, Overall ADP 36, WR14
It is pretty much a toss-up as to who will finish as the WR2 in Minnesota. Diggs and Adam Thielen are essentially both number one receivers. Diggs finished as WR11 in 2018, while Thielen finished as WR7.
Diggs and Thielen performed above the positional average in the same week six times in 2018, while they only finished below the average in the same week once. The Vikings are going to throw the ball and both Diggs and Thielen should see around 150 targets each. Thielen gets the edge as the WR1 due to last year’s performance and this year’s ADP, but do not be surprised if Diggs makes the leap ahead of him in 2019.
WR2 Report Conclusion
Two second-year receivers, a veteran in hopes of a comeback, and a true number one wide receiver playing the role of number two make up the NFC North WR2 cast. Which WR2 will lead you to a championship in 2019? Be sure to check back in next week for the WR2 Report on the AFC South.
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