By: Fantasy Football Dude
Published: May 10th, 2018
Slot WR from my experience never get enough love as they should. They are reliable players with sure hands who are given plenty of opportunities to make plays every down. Now usually these WRs fit a certain profile like they are short and lack the necessary speed to beat guys down the field on the outside. In this post we’ll talk about certain slot WRs in the NFL right now and which ones are better than others and which ones might be primed to take over the slot role for their team, and which you should own on your fantasy team.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
- Larry Fitzgerald is going to go down as one of the best WRs to ever play the game and even right now at age 34 he is still one of the better players at his position. The last few years he made the switch to be more of a slot WR and that has done wonders for his career. Over the last 3 years he has had over 100 catches, 1,000 yards and 6 TDs. That is incredible production from a WR I think most people would think would start declining.
- Fitz this year is still the best WR option in AZ and he will still be manning the slot like how he has been the last few years. Now with Bradford as his QB I believe he will continue his streak of 100 catches and 1,000 yards. Bradford is an extremely accurate QB and won’t struggle one bit to find Fitz early and often on any down.
- Fitz right now fits in as a WR2/3 which isn’t that bad last year he suffered more of an inconsistent season given how bad the Cardinals were. But this year with Bradford or Rosen I think he will still prove father time wrong and go out and put up a higher TD total than he did last year. Don’t sleep on Fitz this year for your upcoming drafts or even trading for him just because of his age, he is still one of the best WRs out there and will show it again this year.
Jarvis Landry, Browns
- Jarvis Landry might be one of the most annoying players in fantasy football, every year we are always down on him and assuming he is not worth a fantasy spot and every year he goes out and produces solid fantasy numbers to make him worth being on your team.
- Last year Landry had 112 catches and couldn’t even get pass over 1,000 yards which is horrible but he did end up setting a career high of 9 TDs which help his fantasy value last year.
- Now this year he is with the Browns and most likely is the #2 option behind Josh Gordon and is competing with a more talented players than he did in Miami, which will hurt his value as a slot WR because Duke Johnson, David Njoku, and Corey Coleman (hopefully Healthy this year) all are much better than what Miami was trotting out. For another year I’m down on Landry and wouldn’t be surprised if he proved me wrong again. Hopefully the Browns end up using Landry down the field more than he was in Miami because I don’t believe he will even hit the 90 catch mark so in my opinion the only way he becomes a useful fantasy option is if his yards get an uptick along with his TDs staying around the 7-10.
Golden Tate, Lions
- During Tate’s time with the Lions he has been a very reliable target for Stafford catching 90 balls every year with the Lions. Tate is a lot like Landry in the last 3 years in which they catch a lot of passes but have never gotten a ton of yards or TDs to help them make you feel comfortable about them as your fantasy starters.
- Now, the one thing I love about Tate is that he is heading into a contract year with the Lions and is going to be ready to produce like most players are when looking for a new deal. I expect Tate to be consistent with the same numbers that he has been producing the last few years, which has been around 90 catches and 950 yards with around 3-5 TDs. Don’t expect Tate to all of a sudden be a monster this year but he can be a good WR3 on your fantasy team.
Julian Edelman, Patriots
- Being a slot WR for Tom Brady is a valuable position, and Edelman and shown that over the years playing with Brady but he also has never had a phenomenal year where he turned into a WR1. Now that the Pats traded Cooks it opens up a lot of targets for Edelman to slide back into his role and I expect him roll back into what he was before he got hurt.
- Now back in 2015 Edelman was on a tear playing in 9 games getting almost 700 yards and 7TDs the year after his TD total dropped and Gronk missed most of the year with an injury making teams focus a lot more on Edelman.
- This year I believe Edelman will want to come back with something to prove especially after his injury last year and with a healthy Gronk and the Pats run game I think Edelman might go a tear this year.
UP & Coming Slot WRs
Cooper Kupp, Rams
- Kupp was a rookie last year and was part of the Rams renewed offense. Kupp was an exceptional college player and he showed why when he entered the NFL in his first year. He catch 62 passes for 869 yards which is pretty good for a rookie WR.
- Now coming into his 2nd year and developing an even better relaitonship with Goff I can easily see him be on the field more but it will be a challenge for him to exceed those number given the competition for targets this year. Before Cooks arriving I was all in on Kupp and wanted him on all my fantasy teams but now with Cooks there it will be tough for Kupp to out produce his numbers unless an injury happens.
- Don’t get me wrong I still love Kupp he was one of the most targeted redzone targets last year and I don’t expect that to change given the connection he has with Goff. But as of right now Kupp just looks like a bye week filler but he is worth placing on a roster because if either Cooks or Woods go down Kupp role will increase and he showed last year while Woods was out that he can handle it having 2 100yard games with Woods being out. I still love Kupp but it all depends on his price tag.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles
- Agholor was lost his first 2 years in the league and then he was found. Last year they moved Agholor to the slot after being an outside WR with no success and he took full advantage of the opportunity. He ended up with 8 TDs and only got better as the year progressed and while capping it off with a good superbowl performance to finish up his breakout year.
- After finally being able to figure things out in his 3rd year. Agholor can still improve his game and become even better this upcoming year which I believe he will be. This year I think he exceeds his reception and yardage totals for another improved year and I know this might be bold but he is going to end up being the best WR in Philly.
Sleeping Slot WRs
Trent Taylor, San Fran
- Taylor had a solid rookie season coming in and earning a role right away as the slot WR. One of the things I loved about Taylor is that he was highly productive in college and was quick with his feet. He walked into San Fran starting slow but when Jimmy G started to get some playing time he started to show off what made him so good in college.
- San Fran added one WR during the draft and I view him more as an outside receiver to replace either Garcon or Goodwin on the outside if need be. But Taylor’s role should not change and is locked into the slot. Taylor is one of my Favorite sleeper candidates this year because of Kyle Shanahan’s offense and with Jimmy G throwing the ball. I expect big things out of Taylor this year.
Austin Proehl, Bills
- Yes I know, who is this guy? Well, Proehl got drafted by the Bills this year and that was about it for skill position players for them. Proehl didn’t have much success in college and last year was his chance to since but ended up getting hurt after 6 games. But he showed enough on tape for the Bills to draft him and give him an opportunity.
- Now Proehl has a chance to step in and make an impact with the Bills this year given how bad their WRs were. He can easily win over the starting slot job over Jeremy Kerley and even start to challenge Zay Jones for snaps if Proehl plays well enough. On top of that his father played WR in the NFL for almost 16 years. So Austin has seen what it will take in the NFL to be a good WR. He is someone to keep an eye out on and see how the Bills depth chart plays out because the opportunity is there for him.
Keke Coutee, Texans
- Now this pick as a sleeper in the slot is mainly because of Texans offense. Coutee comes into a situation where he won’t be asked to do to much and just make plays. With Fuller and Hopkins drawing a ton of attention on offense it will open things up in the middle of the field for someone like Coutee coming out of the slot.
- Coutee has the speed and quickness to be able to provide the Texans with their first even reliable slot target and he is going to compete with the likes of Braxton Miller and Bruce Ellington, so he has a chance to beat out both of these players. On top of all that most of Coutee experience in college is being a slot WR which gives him a great opportunity to get on the field quickly and make plays with Watson as his QB.