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WR Tiers and Strategies for 2015 Fantasy Football Draft

If you are starting out early now with Fantasy drafts, which you should, it is a good idea to take a receiver when in doubt. Since the world of running backs is always unpredictable, there is an uneven landscape of tight ends, and a plentiful supply of quarterbacks, choosing wideouts right now is probably a safe bet. If no other players seem to appear dazzling right now, you will probably feel much better by just taking another receiver.

The depth of receivers this year looks very good since there are several players who are all competing to be #1 in their craft in terms of quality pass catchers. In addition, there are several players who fit into a secondary role extremely well. Best of all, there is a never-ending supply of receivers that are worth taking in late but penciled into starting positions in Fantasy.

Cumulatively, the NFL set a record with 121,247 last season along with 807 touchdowns. It will not be a surprise if receivers help continue to break records this year in 2015. In fact, it is difficult to find a team in the NFL who got worse in terms of receiving.

Finally, there is a position in Fantasy that creates the perfect storm: the supply that matches the demand. At long last, there is no need to stockpile a list of players just so there is no missing out on them later. It is time to take in a deep breath and relax.

Strategies for Your Receivers

In addition to following the strategy to choose wideouts when nothing else looks promising, another good tip to follow would be to get as many reliable starters as needed. For example, if you only two wide receivers are needed as starters, focus on getting two that you are into and would choose as starters on a weekly basis. If three are needed, then choose three. If you are in a PPR league and often use two wideouts and a flex, then you should choose three.

On the other hand, it is not a good idea to draft seven receivers when only three are needed. There is no reason to waste spots that could be used to load up on some high-quality runningbacks. During the course of the season, the runningback position has a lot more turnover than receivers. Receivers tend to last longer and play more games. With this information on hand, here are some hot tips for choosing receivers on Draft Day.

Choose Starting WR/WR

This strategy is the most effective when making a Round 1 pick and it is also useful early on during round 2; this is easpecially true if you are participating in a PPR league. Although there tend to be exceptions every year, most receivers who are chosen early during the drafts usually live up to expectations. They’re considered reliable and safe since you can start them, drop them into lineups, and have them remain there for the remainder of the season. You will have work cut out for you at running back over the next two rounds. You will also probably be pinned towards a quarterback in Round 6 or later and a tight end in Round 8 which are both good choices. By choosing two wideouts at the start of the draft, you will have two Top 10 players from the first two tiers and the sky is the limit from there.

Draft example: Jonathan Stewart, Antonio Brown, Latavius Murray, Calvin Johnson

Receivers in Rounds 2 and 3

If you have a pick early in the first round, this is an outstanding opportunity. You will get the same advantage as the late first-/early second round pick fantasy owner by having two top lineups in place at wideout in addition to having an elite-tier running back. The end result should be with you having at least one or two receivers from the second tier. In the worst case, you will get a second and third tier wideout which is still ok. You will most likely end up looking for a bargain on a QB and tight end since the running back will be a priority.

Draft example: Randall Cobb, Adrian Peterson, Joseph Randle, T.Y. Hilton

Receivers in Rounds 3 and 4

You have an outstanding opportunity if you spend your first two picks elsewhere and go for receivers at the start of Round 3. However, keep in mind that this strategy is quite risky because you can be disappointed with who is left in Round 4.

Draft Example: Jeremy Hill, Brandin Cooks, LeSean McCoy, Jordan Matthews

Additional Tips

Don’t wait for receivers by Round 5. The odds are not in your favor. In addition, there is no need to focus on WRs in Rounds 5 – 7 because you already took care of this in the early rounds. Instead, you should focus on the second half of the draft and continue to eyeball top tier receivers from Rounds 8-12. It is a good idea to put the remainders from Rounds 8- 12 into tier categories ranging from low end reserves to the elite. By doing so, you will have an instant visualization of whether or not you should draft one as well as a good idea of how fast they are going on and off the board.

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