2016 Fantasy Football: Late Round Wide Receivers To Target

Every Fantasy Football season, there are a few wide receivers that you can get in the later rounds of your draft that end up being a key piece of your championship team.

Here are three of them that I am heavily targeting this season.

DeSean Jackson

Jackson is currently being undervalued. Djax limped his way to 528 yards and four touchdowns on fewer than 50 targets during an injury-plagued 2015 season.

His first season healthy season in Washington, though, he finished as the 23rd-best PPR wide receiver and 15th-best receiver in standard leagues with 1,169 yards and six touchdowns. 

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The 29-year old receiver also has recorded 11 games with 100 or more receiving yards between 2013-2014.

In 2016 Fantasy Football leagues, I fully expect Jackson to bounce back. He should be considered as a WR2 with upside, but he is being drafted as the 40th receiver off the board, according to Fantasyfootballcalculator.com. 

You can add him to your team between Rounds 6-8, depending on the league.

With defenses forming a game plan to stop Jordan Reed, I expect to see many deep bombs to Jackson this season. 

Tavon Austin

After being nearly invisible during his sophomore campaign, Austin rebounded in a big way during his third season. He finished last season as the 28th-best PPR wide receiver and 25th-best receiver in standard leagues.

The Rams finally decided to use his unique talent and quickness in both the passing and run game in 2015. Austin took full advantage of the bigger workload, finishing the season with 907 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.

Austin will continue to be a key component of this offense in 2016.

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Outside of acting as a running back and a wide receiver, he also returns punts. That gives you additional upside if your league rewards players for special teams points.

Currently, Austin is being drafted as the 50th wide receiver off the board in 2016 Fantasy Football drafts. I shouldn’t have to explain to you why that is an absolute steal at the end of Round 10.

It is hard to find a player with his usage and upside at that point in your draft.

Anquan Boldin

Boldin finished last season with nearly 800 yards and four touchdowns on the San Francisco 49ers. Considering how bad that offense was, that’s actually impressive. 

He is now a member of the Detroit Lions, though, and is expected to help fill the void left by Calvin Johnson. Boldin, along with Marvin Jones, will serve as the outside receivers with Golden Tate operating primarily out of the slot.

Boldin is a strong possession receiver that Stafford could lean on if he develops the right chemistry. While Boldin is not expected to get the 110 targets he received in San Francisco, I do think that 60-80 targets is reasonable with how much Stafford throws the ball.

Boldin is almost free in redrafts as he is being drafted as the 64th receiver off the board. This leaves plenty of room to provide you with a great return on your investment.

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He could also work his way into a WR3/FLEX role if he does develop chemistry with Stafford and something happens to either Jones or Tate. He is a great asset to add depth to your team late in drafts.

Up Next: Backup Running Backs to Target in 2016 Fantasy Football Leagues 

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