It’s time to take a stroll through the fantasy football draft stock market, wide receiver edition. We will look at two receivers whose stocks have risen and fallen from the week two preseason action. Receivers seem to be the new hot commodity in drafts so you better pay attention to these receiver stocks before your draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Allen Robinson
I am not sure there has been a more dominate receiver this preseason than Allen Robinson. In his first two preseason games he has lead the Jacksonville Jaguars in receiving while playing limited time. This preseason Robinson’s numbers are seven catches for 114 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers are in about two quarters worth of football.
Is it even possible for Robinson’s stock to climb higher than it already is?
I believe so.
This is Robinson’s third year in the league or better known as the breakout year. Last season he finished with 80 catches for 1400 yards and a league high 14 TDs on 153 targets. His catch rate last year was unusually low, if Robinson can get his catch rate back to just 60 percent (which was his catch rate as a rookie) we would be looking at a gigantic season for him if all his other numbers stay the exact same. So with only improving his catch rate to 60 percent his numbers are a jaw dropping 91-1557-16.
Now I will say those are some lofty expectations but they aren’t impossible for the 23-year-old receiver. Watch this incredible catch from week two of the preseason, I mean how do you even defend this guy?
He has all the tools to be an elite receiver which is why his fantasy draft stock is on the rise.
Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin
The most overvalued receiver in fantasy football this season is Kelvin Benjamin. With his current ADP in round three, I believe it will be impossible for him to return that value. There are just too many obstacles in his way that weren’t there his rookie season.
Benjamin missed all of the 2015 season with a torn ACL which he suffered in the preseason. Now people think he will go right where he left off in 2014, I say not so fast. Word from the Carolina Panthers is Devin Funchess looks better and may even have a better season than Benjamin.
There are just too many mouths to feed in Carolina who ranked 27th last season in pass attempts and had a favorable schedule. This season the schedule is much more difficult and with the emergence of Funchess, Benjamin’s stock is on the steady decline.