One injury away: Five WRs tantalizingly close to fantasy prominence

A lower-tier wide receiver can rise quickly if any of the guys ahead of him goes down, says Mike Tagliere. Here are a few candidates.

| 4 months ago
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One injury away: Five WRs tantalizingly close to fantasy prominence


Football is back. Training camps are underway, the pads are on, contact is taking place, and injuries are going to happen. Last year, it was Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin who found themselves on the trainer’s table, being diagnosed with torn ACLs. To the game of fantasy football, these things matter, in more ways than one. First, of course, it removes Nelson and Benjamin from your draft boards. But also, the effect it has on another player is perhaps even more significant. Most people know what a handcuff is, and while that applies to running backs, it’s got a much bigger effect than most think on the wide receiver position.

Keep this handy when drafting, because once you get to those later rounds, it’s important to aim for these players. The players I’m talking about are just one injury away from being a top-20 option. In some cases, it doesn’t even necessarily have to be one particular player to get hurt, but rather any one player at their position. Some of these players may even have value without injury, but they aren’t on many radars right now.

These are the players your leaguemates will run to the waiver wire to grab if an injury takes place. But have no fear, because they’ll be sitting on your roster, just waiting to enter your starting lineup.

Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts

Dorsett is one of those players who doesn’t need any one player to go down with an injury, because there is so much potential in the Colts passing game. When looking at the landscape of their roster, it’s easy to allocate more and more targets to the wide receiver position.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by FantasyPros.com.

  • Scott Prouty

    It’s funny to see Doctson on this list when he’s dealing with an injury himself. Doctson needs to be healthy before he’ll have any relevance.

  • RC10

    Are you guys also going to write about the week 1 prices on draftkings?