The final few rounds of best ball drafts are rarely exciting. You’re often left picking between third or fourth receivers, unproven players in tough situations, and handcuff running backs with no standalone value. Admittedly, very few of these picks ever turn out, and most of the time it won’t have any serious impact on your roster. However, among this seemingly lackluster pool of pass catchers are some diamonds in the rough. Last season, A.J. Brown was drafted at 199.7 and rewarded his owners with an above-average win rate in each of the final 12 weeks of the season on his way to a WR22 finish. Darren Waller, drafted as TE25, never saw his win rate dip below 16% over the second half of the season, and had an above-average win rate every single week. Teams that drafted D.J. Chark at 219.9 were thrilled as he had the fourth best win rate of any player, following only Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler, and Lamar Jackson. Terry McLaurin, drafted even later at 223.2, helped his owners win at a 17.3% clip, well above the average win rate of 8.3%.
Using Fanball ADP, I have identified several pass catchers who are currently going outside the top 200 in best ball drafts. These players all have major questions, from injury concerns to a poorly-defined role, but that’s the beauty of the last rounds: you can take risks on players without getting hurt too badly if they don’t turn out. However, behind the questions lie massive amounts of upside that could help win your league if they pan out.
Laviska Shenault – ADP 201 (WR76)