The 2016 NFL wide receiver draft class has seen breakout stars such as Tyreek Hill and Michael Thomas, but has also seen top pics such as Corey Coleman and Josh Doctson who have yet to live up to the hype. All of these receivers still have plenty of potential, but will they live up to it in the 2018-2019 NFL season? Here is a fantasy preview of third year receivers.
Corey Coleman: Corey Coleman was the highest drafted receiver in the 2016 draft class, being selected 15th overall by the Browns. Through his two seasons in the NFL, Coleman has missed 13 games and has struggled to make a serious impact for his team. I would stay away from drafting Coleman, until at least the very late rounds of your draft. He has the potential, but it is scary knowing that he has yet to show any flashes of being a reliable target.
Will Fuller: Will Fuller is the definition of a high risk, high reward player this upcoming season. In four games Fuller played in, with Deshaun Watson at quarterback, he exploded for six touchdowns and it seemed like his chemistry with Watson was powerful. Then Watson got hurt, and so did Fuller, and he failed to make much of an impact without Watson. Fuller struggled with injuries last year, but made huge fantasy impacts with Watson throwing him the ball. He is someone you should take a chance on in the middle rounds of the draft, if you are in need of a second wide receiver.
Josh Doctson: Josh Doctson has struggled to make a significant impact on his team, but he has shown flashes of his ability in games. The Redskins are relying on him to make an impact this year, which could help improve his fantasy value. He is expected to start and get targets, which could lead to a breakout year. He might be able to provide good value as a later round pick with WR2 fantasy potential.
Sterling Shepard: Sterling Shepard started his career with a solid rookie season, but due to injuries and a struggling Giants offense he didn’t produce much last year. In this upcoming season, he should be the Giants second most targeted receiver and has high potential to be a productive fantasy receiver. He is a sleeper that I like this season, and you should be able to draft him with a mid-late round pick.
Michael Thomas: Michael Thomas had five touchdowns, 104 receptions, and 1,245 receiving yards last season. Expect him to continue this production. He is a rising star and is the go-to receiver on an explosive Saints offense. He will be selected late first-to-second round in most fantasy drafts.
Tyler Boyd: Tyler Boyd hasn’t made much of an impact on the Cincinnati Bengals, and I don’t expect him to have much of an impact this coming season either. In his two seasons in the NFL, he only has three career touchdowns. He will most likely go undrafted in your league. Let’s just hope he doesn’t catch another touchdown against the Ravens this year.
Tyreek Hill: Tyreek Hill had a tremendous season last year and expect him to have another one. According to CBS Sports, he was the sixth highest scoring fantasy receiver. The Chiefs love to give Hill the ball in a variety of ways, and he is constantly a threat to score touchdowns. With Patrick Mahomes and his strong arm at quarterback, expect even more deep shots to Tyreek Hill this season. He will not make it past the third round in any fantasy draft, and could go as high as early second round.