Fantasy Football: Three best values at Wide Receiver in 2022

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In fantasy football, there is no position with greater depth than wide receiver. This is why running backs are often the first players off the board, with many players preaching waiting until later rounds to draft your wide receivers as the best strategy. While simply drafting late-round wide receivers is not necessarily a winning formula, if you are able to find receivers in later rounds that outperform their average draft position and combine them with top-tier running backs drafted in early rounds, your team will be hard to beat.

In this article, I will be highlighting three wide receivers that I believe you can confidently start week in and week out that are being taken in mid to late rounds and will allow you to stock up on premiere players at other positions in the early rounds!

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Fantasy football’s best values at wide receiver in 2022: Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

59. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Miami Dolphins. Wide Receiver. Jaylen Waddle. 1. player

  • Perfect fit for Tua
  • Strong fantasy history for second-year WRs
  • Will lose targets to Hill, but overall offense improves
  • Offensive-minded head coach in Mike McDaniel

In 2021, Jaylen Waddle finished as the WR13 in PPR scoring, collecting 1,015 yards on 104 receptions. While this was a fantastic rookie season, it is important to understand that this is not the ceiling for Waddle. In 2022, he is now being drafted as the WR16 on average. The only explanation for this drop is the arrival of Tyreek Hill. However, I think this addition actually does more good than bad, and am optimistic for the outlook of the Dolphins’ passing game this year.

First and foremost, Waddle is a fantastic fit for this Dolphins offense. We all know Tua Tagovailoa has been heavily criticized for his weak arm, but fortunately for him Waddle gets most of his yards after the catch…or at least he did in college. Last year, a poor offensive scheme failed to get Waddle the ball in space, and his yards after catch suffered because of it. With the arrival of Mike McDaniel from the San Francisco 49ers, we will likely see a similar style of offense that allowed pass catchers like Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk to produce massive yards after the catch.

With all this being said, it is criminal that Waddle is being drafted below where he finished last year, and while a dropoff in targets may be expected, I predict an increase in yardage and touchdowns en route to a top ten wide receiver finish.