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5 Most Overrated WRs in Fantasy Football

Zach Brunner
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As PPR scoring in fantasy football becomes the norm, the value placed on wide receivers continues to rise with it. We love seeing the video game-like numbers that a top weekly receiver gives, but it has cause us to hype some players up too much.

With that being said, here's a look at the five most overrated wide receivers in fantasy football heading into the 2019 campaign.

1. Julian Edelman, Patriots

Divisional Round - Houston Texans v New England Patriots
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The reigning Super Bowl MVP is poised to have another great season in fantasy, but perhaps the hype on him has gone too far. Edelman is currently being drafted as WR15, which is on par with where he finished last season in average points (WR12). However, the Patriots will have more trust in their running game this season. Plus they brought in/drafted other receiving threats that will cause Edelman's target share to go down. He's not a high-yardage or touchdown guy anyways, so if he sees his nine targets per game drop to seven or eight, he just isn't worth his current ADP.

2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers

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JuJu has seen a big spike in his hype thanks to the departure of Antonio Brown, but it really won't affect his production much at all. JuJu will continue to play the majority of his snaps in the slot, so his role won't change. He saw 166 targets last season. You can't expect that number to grow. JuJu finished as WR9 last season, and that's about where he should be drafted. However, he is currently going as WR7.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns

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Odell Beckham Jr. was traded from the Giants to the Browns, which of course is a better situation for him. However, it's not a better situation for fantasy. With the Giants, it was the Odell show. In Cleveland, he splits touches with Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, David Njoku, Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson and eventually Kareem Hunt. We won't even get into Odell's inability to play a full season. He finished as WR7 in points per week last year, and he's being drafted as WR5 in a situation with more of a target split.

4. Keenan Allen, Chargers

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Keenan Allen also is in a situation where his role will be slightly reduced, but it's because of players getting healthy. The Chargers get Hunter Henry back, who is a red-zone threat and a tight end that can stretch the defense. Mike Williams will see his role greatly increased, and he is clearly a monster red zone and vertical threat. Both of these players eat into what Allen does. He finished as WR18 last season in average points, and he is currently being drafted as WR11.

5. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs

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Sammy Watkins gets offseason hype, his ADP rises, then he fails to meet expectations. This is the endless cycle for Watkins in fantasy. He again has people touting him, saying this is his breakout year, but Watkins just is what he is. He was WR38 in average points last season, but is currently being drafted as WR25. His best-case scenario is that he finishes in the middle of those numbers.


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