The 2014 NFL draft will be remembered for its quality crop of wide receivers. One of our fans takes a lighter look at the board that was and the underrated fantasy receivers in the crop.
- Rd 1 P.4 Sammy Watkins (Clemson) N/A – injured
- Rd 1 P.7 Mike Evans (Texas A&M) Moneyball price, $8,800
- Rd 1 P.12 Odell Beckham Jnr (LSU) $9,500
- Rd 1 P.20 Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) $7,700
- Rd 1 P.28 Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) $7,100
- Rd 2. P.42 Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) $6,600
- Rd 2 P. 61 Allen Robinson (Penn State) $7,900
- Rd 2 P. 63 Jarvis Landry (LSU) $7,000
- Rd. 3 P 90 Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss) $6,000
- Rd 4 P.118 Martavis Bryant (Clemson) $7,200
That’s a very solid list of 10 receivers that would get regular snaps on every team in the National Football League.
One player who isn’t mentioned in the same conversation as superstar Odell Beckham Jnr but is certainly mounting a case as the second best wide receiver in the class – Mr Mike Evans.
No, no, no, no! Don’t you, forget about me!
Don’t forget about this guy from the 2014 NFL Draft
Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Bucaneers
Mike is becoming very reliable each and every week and does so without a real running buddy at the WR2 spot. Vincent Jackson isn’t the player he once was and Evans draws the number one corner and all the double-teams each week. He stands up against the top teams and top DB’s in the comp. Currently sits 1st in the league for Fantasy points (141.60), 916 total receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. He’s scored touchdowns in six of the ten games this year and had at least 50 receiving yards in every single game.
(Next game: @ HOME vs. Seahawks)
The best value in the 2014 NFL Draft?
I’m gonna pop some tags
Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts
I know, Who? But Donte is one of few shining lights in a franchise that can’t wait to get back to the draft again. He’s currently the 2nd target behind T.Y Hilton who takes the top CB and that frees up Moncrief for the eagle eyes of the highly regarded (and expensive) Andrew Luck. Moncrief has scored touchdowns in all but one of his 2016 starts and is really starting to hit his stride. Over the last four weeks he is averaging double digits in Fantasy Points. Expect more to come providing Andrew Luck can overcome this concussion scare!
(Next game: @ HOME vs. Steelers)
Diamond in the 2014 NFL Draft Rough
Jordan Matthews – Philadelphia Eagles
A talented rookie QB in Carson Wentz’s favorite target who can deliver a big play or score that much needed touchdown. So far 2016 has been slightly frustrating for the talented Matthews who is playing in one of the surprising teams wins wise in the league. Matthews is one of a few guys at the wide receiver position we project will finish the season strongly. Starting off this week against the Packers he should bounce back after a quiet week at CenturyLink Field against arguably the best defence in the competition in Seattle – everyone struggles to score against these guys on the road. Matthews is clearly the number one man on the perimeter for a Philadelphia team that plays much, much better at home. Look to target the underrated Matthews down the stretch in home games where his Rookie QB gets a nice matchup.
(Next game: @ HOME vs. Packers)