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The Extra Point: The Wide Receiver Dilemma

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The best part about the start of the new fantasy football season is seeing new stars emerge and sometimes replace the top fantasy earners of the past.

The worst part about the start of the new fantasy football season is seeing the new stars emerge and sometimes replace the top fantasy earners of the past.

It’s a two-sided coin.

You hope you didn’t jump too high for a receiver that won’t come close to matching their production of the past. With a new quarterback, Denver’s Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders come to mind in that category. But then it becomes a race to find the next best thing on the waiver wire (this is where I toot my own horn for drafting Houston’s Will Fuller). 

In any case, I think there are a lot of receivers that warrant WR1 and WR2 plays. And with the lack of depth of solid running back options, you’re really much better off going with a receiver in your flex spot too.

For example, with standard scoring, 27 receivers finished with double-digit points in Week 1. Some of those, like the Giants’ Sterling Shepard and Jets’ Quincy Enuwa, may not repeat those numbers too often. However, I think even bigger numbers will come with the position as a whole.

But there’s such a fine line trying to balance this position on the roster. Three start-able receivers is the perfect number. Obviously, if you have a fourth option, you have flexibility depending on defensive match-ups and a backup for a bye week, but that fourth receiver can also make the decision-making process a nightmare.

You want to trade him, but you don’t want to see him blow up on someone else’s team. Hell, I just picked up New York’s Victor Cruz because I think any Giants receiver is on the verge of a big week against the Saints, but I don’t truly have a place to use him (other WR’s are the Jags’ Allen Robinson, Bengals’ A.J. Green and the Raiders’ Michael Crabtree).

On a local level, in most leagues that I saw, Willie Snead (9 rec, 172 yards, TD) was on the bench in week one. That’s probably because most drafted him as a backup / bye week flex option. That type of performance won’t happen every week, especially if Coby Fleener gets going. But it may leave you with a really stressful decision on Sunday mornings.

I’m still trying to figure out the problem myself, but my solution, for now, is trade when the value is highest after a big week (not to your next opponent). If you’ve got a lot of depth at the position, there’s a good chance someone else does not. Maybe you make a fair trade. Maybe you’re able to ship off New England’s Chris Hogan for a solid RB1 just because they’re that desperate.

But there’s no use keeping a double-digit receiver on your bench for too long, especially if you need better your team in other areas.

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