My Fantasy League Wide Receivers That Shouldn’t Be Dropped, Going Into 2019.
Each month I’m going to review the top adds/drops, from each offensive position, on MFL’s site. Also included will be my recommendations on if these players should be added to your roster. This article will be covering the MFL top drops for wide receivers. My next article will cover the top added tight ends. If you’re looking for MFL adds for IDP please visit IDP Guys for my thoughts on the defensive side.
Add Chris Hogan:
Chris Hogan, formerly of the New England Patriots, signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. He should slide into the number three wide receiver spot in Carolina. Head Coach, Ron Rivera, expects this year’s offense to be more explosive than last year’s offense, due the improved chemistry of this unit. Quarterback Cam Newton, who’s coming off of his second shoulder surgery in three years, has thrown 4,375 passes sine 2011. That puts him 13th among active quarterbacks for attempts. Carolina improved its receivers with, Greg Olsen (foot), DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, Chris Hogan (free agent), and Christian McCaffrey, making this offense fun to watch. Throwing the deep ball isn’t a problem for Newton and his big arm. That benefits Chris Hogan, who’s a solid deep threat. MFL has Hogan’s 2019 projection at 386 yards, and 1 touchdown. If Hogan can stay healthy, he should make for a nice bench stash and buy-low. I do think this offense can support three wide receivers for fantasy, in 2019. I see Hogan as a WR 4/5 this season.
Add Marcell Ateman:
The second year receiver is someone who new Oakland Raiders GM, Mike Mayock, spoke highly of earlier in the off-season. Ateman also saw some action at the end of last season, after Amari Cooper was traded. He started the final six games and played in one more. Marcell ended 2018 with 15 of 30 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown. Additionally working in his favor is that Raiders star receiver, Antonio Brown, is at odds with the NFL, over banning his preferred helmet. If this situation doesn’t get resolved quickly, this could really benefit Ateman’s fantasy value.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2019
MFL has Marcell’s 2019 projection at 231 yards and 0 touchdowns. With all of the uncertainty surrounding this wide receiver group, all it will take is a solid preseason to earn the number three job. I’ll be watching this group closely as the preseason moves along. I think Ateman is definitely worth a bench spot in dynasty leagues, with upside.
As you can see by this list, there aren’t too many surprises. I do think that both Chris Hogan and Marcell Ateman are two guys that are flying under the radar. While everyone will be focusing on the rookies who are having a strong preseason, the real value is adding players most people aren’t considering. At this point, I would prefer to add Marcell Ateman over Chis Hogan. However, depending on how things go with Antonio Brown, that could change. Please keep an eye out for top added tight ends.