In Fantasy Football, players are classified by tiers based on their performance on the football field and how it transfers into fantasy points. A WR1 is commonly classified as a receiver who finishes between No. 1 and No. 12 overall in their position on a given week or in a season. Whereas, a WR2 would be No. 13 to No. 24, and then WR3 from No. 25 to No.36, and so on. Sure, it doesn’t take an expert to predict that Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown, and Julio Jones will finish as a WR1, but who are some players that could achieve this that you normally wouldn’t think of?
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins
This dude is an athletic freak, seriously. Not many players can go through a major positional change, especially going from a quarterback to a wide receiver. Not only has Pryor done this, but he’s done it and also succeeded. It’s one thing to go through the positional change, it’s another thing to actually make it work in the NFL. With that said, Pryor proved his excellent receiving ability last season with the Cleveland Browns. Now, with an angry Kirk Cousins throwing to him, Pryor could be set for an even better season.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints
Brandin Cooks is gone, so now either Snead or Michael Thomas will have to emerge as Drew Brees‘ favorite option. Most experts are predicting that Michael Thomas will have a breakout season in 2017, which is why he is being drafted between the second and third rounds in most fantasy drafts. With that said, Snead seems to be forgotten about. Snead had 895 yards and four touchdowns on 72 receptions last year. Although those numbers aren’t mind-blowing, just imagine his numbers without Brandin Cooks in the equation. With Brees being among the best in the NFL, Snead could end up feasting on targets this year. Knowing that, it’s safe to say he is being undervalued.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Is it possible for the Steelers to have two WR1’s in Brown and Bryant? The answer is yes. Similar to Brees, Ben Roethlisberger is among the best in the business, which means Bryant will be reaping the benefits. If you can remember, Bryant racked up 594 yards and eight touchdowns in only 10 games in 2014. Then, in 2015, he was able to rack up 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games. These stats prove Bryant is extremely talented, but they also prove that he can never stay on the football field. In fact, he spent all of last season suspended. Luckily, he is fully reinstated and looking to make an impact in week one. It’d be surprising if someone as young as Bryant lost any athletic ability during his year off. With that said, expect Bryant to return to fantasy stardom this season.