3 Potential Wide Receiver Busts for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season

Dan Israeli
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Wide receiver is an evolving position when it comes to fantasy football. While passing has increased over the years, the more offenses spread out their formations, the less true No. 1 options there are in the NFL and fantasy.

As a result, after the few true elite wide receivers are off the board, fantasy drafters will have to weigh several factors when filling out their WR depth. Do you go for high TD upside, or players with the best chance to catch 100 passes? It will depend on your league's scoring format, but potential busts are lurking no matter what league type you play in.

Here are three wide receivers who all have bust potential for the 2019 season. Whether it's joining a new team or failing to meet lofty expectations, there are risks in play for all three in fantasy football.

3. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

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Mike Williams had a mini-breakout in his second NFL season, as his 10 touchdowns tied for 5th at the WR position. Of course, finding the end zone was about all Williams did last year, as his 43 catches for 664 yards were easily the lowest totals among the league's double-digit TD scorers at the position. Williams only received 66 targets last year, which was tied for 63rd among WRs. While that number should increase this year, he will also have to compete with a healthy Hunter Henry for targets and red zone looks. Williams is a good bet to score 8-10 touchdowns again, but his lack of catches and yards will make for a fairly inconsistent option on a week-to-week basis.

2. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

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Kenny Golladay is one of the more hyped wide receivers entering the 2019 season, and his draft stock supports that theory as he is currently the WR17 according to average draft position (ADP). Golladay had a strong sophomore year (70 catches, 1063 yards, 5 TD), and is now expected for an even bigger breakout now that Golden Tate will be gone for the entire season. The truth is, however, Golladay didn't experience a leap in production last season once Tate was traded to the Eagles, and actually peaked statistically in September. There is a chance Golladay posts similar numbers compared to last season, which will make him a strong WR2, but not the upside WR1 some have him pegged as in 2019.

1. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders

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There are few players more polarizing in fantasy football this season than Antonio Brown. As the consensus No. 1 WR in recent drafts, Brown is currently the WR7 according to ADP, following his trade to the Oakland Raiders. While that may represent a value for some, Brown will be switching quarterbacks for the first time in his career, and one has to wonder whether he'll have even remotely similar chemistry with Derek Carr as he did with Ben Roethlisberger. If there is a big adjustment with Carr, Brown could falter in his first year as a Raider. With several established options (Tyreek Hill, TY Hilton, Adam Thielen) going behind him currently in drafts, Brown comes with a lot of potential risk.


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