By: Aaron Schillinger @aaron_schill
Up For Grabs
One of the most interesting and debated over topics that comes about this time of year in Fantasy Football, is the inevitable speculating. Whether it is speculating on rookies and their new NFL teams, breakout candidates, or regression candidates; there are always going to be speculations to some degree. Speculating is frowned upon by many and often causes debate, but it is also done by almost all fantasy owners to some extent.
When it comes to speculating, it makes sense to at least have some logic behind your reasons. One of the more obvious ways of making reasonable guesses at who will be a viable fantasy option, is when players are either traded or retire. When Larry Fitzgerald finally hangs it up, how many targets is that leaving up for grabs for the rest of the Cardinals WRs? Which WR will step up? If Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson get traded from the Redskins, who will pick up their targets and receptions in 2017? This happens every year, and is always one of my favorite things to look into when looking ahead at the next season of Fantasy Football.
There are several teams this year with a large chunk of their targets up for grabs in 2017. Here are the 10 teams with the most available targets heading into the 2017 season. Whether you speculate on the rookies, bank on breakout candidates, or predict anyone that catches passes to break out, the bottom line is this…Barring any major offensive schematic changes or injuries, we can have a rough idea at how many targets are up for grabs in 2017.
*Note: These numbers are pulled from airyards.com
Targets Available: 380
2017 Top Candidates: Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, and Breshad Perriman
Sleeper Candidate: Danny Woodhead
Targets Available: 336
2017 Top Candidates: Jordan Matthews, Anquan Boldin, and Zay Jones
Sleeper Candidate: Charles Clay
Los Angeles Rams
Targets Available: 296
2017 Top Candidates: Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, and Tavon Austin
Sleeper Candidate: Gerald Everett
New York Jets
Targets Available: 276
2017 Top Candidates: Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Sleeper Candidate: ArDarius Stewart
*Note…Peake and Stewart are equivalent “sleeper” candidates. AKA, avoid this receiving core.
Targets Available: 214
2017 Top Candidates: Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder, and Jordan Reed
Sleeper Candidate: Josh Doctson
Targets Available: 201
2017 Top Candidates: Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Torrey Smith
Sleeper Candidate: Mack Hollins
San Francisco 49ers
Targets Available: 177
2017 Top Candidates: Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, and Vance McDonald
Sleeper Candidate: Trent Taylor
Targets Available: 168
2017 Top Candidates: Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph
Sleeper Candidate: Michael Floyd
Targets Available: 148
2017 Top Candidates: Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffrey
Sleeper Candidate: Devin Funchess
Targets Available: 148
2017 Top Candidates: Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Eric Ebron
Sleeper Candidate: Kenny Golladay
These teams aren’t necessarily ones that I’m saying go out and get these guys in your leagues at all cost, but rather being aware of the opportunity. If the opportunity is there to buy low on some of these veteran players like Jeremy Maclin or Golden Tate, go for it. There are plenty of guys from these ten teams that should be excellent fantasy options in 2017 and beyond. There are always highly rated rookies and other players that get stuck doing nothing, thanks to their opportunity. This is one of the reasons why we compare ADP before the draft and after. A prime example of that from the 2017 rookie WRs is Chris Godwin. We can research players all we want, but we all know that opportunity is almost as, if not more important than talent is in the NFL.