The Ultimate Buy-Low WR for Any Contending Team
I believe there is one wide receiver that will help any contender to get over that championship “hump.” He isn’t a sexy fantasy pick — though I know many women would disagree with me — because he isn’t young in football terms, he isn’t the number one receiver on his own team, and he doesn’t have a starting QB as of now. All that being said, Eric Decker is the ultimate buy-low receiver for any 2016 contending team.
His April’s ADP (average draft position) is 29th among receivers. Probably because of the reasons I previously stated. Don’t get me wrong, I get why Decker is where he is in the ADP, but I just think it should be much higher! In a re-draft, I’d have him around 12th and in dynasty start-up, he shouldn’t be any lower than 19th.
If you’re a contender in need of a WR2 or 3 that will outplay most of your weekly opponents WR2, it’s Decker. According to www.fftoday.com, he was 11th among WRs last year and I don’t think that was a fluke.
I completely agree with Rotoworld’s assessment on him by the end of the season: “Playing primarily slot receiver for the first time in his career, Decker was also utilized as the Jets’ go-to target in the red zone by Chan Gailey and proved a terrific fit in New York’s four-wide spread attack…He should be a locked-in fantasy WR2 for the 2016 season” (via mobile app).
Let’s address some of your concerns. First, I know he’s 29, but this is his prime. Also, unless you’re Calvin Johnson, then he still has 2–3 years left in the tank (if not longer). This means you’ll be buying him and receiving an immediate return.
I have to admit, the quarterback situation isn’t comforting, but this is a great reason to buy now and get him at his lowest price. If Ryan Fitzpatrick returns, the Jets’ offensive will retain a stability and consistency that results in a best-case scenario. Still, any QB in this offense will be looking towards Decker come red zone territory, especially with Chris Ivory in Jacksonville.
In conclusion, if you want to stack the deck this season, then Eric Decker will give you that opportunity.