Jakobi Meyers

6 Late-Round Wide Receiver Targets (2022 Fantasy Football)

Let’s take a look at wide receivers you should consider late in your 2022 fantasy football drafts.

Rankings noted using FantasyPros half-PPR Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and Consensus ADP.

6 Late-Round Wide Receiver Targets

K.J. Osborn (MIN): ADP – WR80 | 230th Overall
Minnesota Vikings WR K.J. Osborn flashed at times during the 2021 season, but never more so than when he filled in for Adam Thielen. From Weeks 13-17, the second-year pro averaged 12 half-PPR fantasy points per game to go along with six targets. He also cracked starting lineups as a fantasy WR3 at a 44% clip and posted just one fewer top-24 finish than his veteran teammate during the entire 2021 season. If Thielen starts to break down entering his age-32 season, Osborn would be the prime beneficiary in a more pass-happy, fantasy-friendly Vikings offense under new head coach and play caller Kevin O’Connell. The Rams ran 11 personnel at a league-high 86% of offensive plays last season; Minnesota ran 11-personnel at the fifth-lowest rate in the league.
Andrew Erickson

Jakobi Meyers (NE): ADP – WR61 | 179th Overall
The utter disdain for the Patriots’ offense jumps off the page when staring at rankings. Jakobi Meyers is being woefully undervalued this offseason. Meyers finished last year as the WR35, seeing a 25.9% target per route rate (26th, per Playerprofiler.com). This could be his floor in 2022. Meyers’ underlying metrics scream that his ceiling is massive. Last season he was sixth in route win rate and fifth in win rate against man coverage (per Playerprofiler.com). I’ll keep scooping value late in drafts from this passing attack, and Meyers shares the top of that list with Kendrick Bourne.
Derek Brown

Jahan Dotson (WAS): ADP – WR69 | 177th Overall
Jahan Dotson is generating surprisingly little enthusiasm for a guy who was drafted 16th overall and will immediately step in as Washington’s No. 2 receiver opposite Terry McLaurin. Dotson had a 91st percentile college dominator rating and a 96th percentile college target share, per PlayerProfiler.com. He racked up 91 catches for 1,182 yards and 12 TDs in his final season at Penn State despite playing with erratic QB Sean Clifford. Dotson has 4.43 speed that shows up on the field, remarkably good hands, great body control and a knack for winning jump balls even though he’s 5-11, 181 pounds. PlayerProfiler.com compares Dotson to Tyler Lockett, and I’ve also heard Dotson described as a Diontae Johnson doppelganger with better hands. This is an excellent way to spend a late-round pick.
Pat Fitzmaurice

Tim Patrick (DEN): ADP – WR63 | 164th Overall
It’s Tim Patrick, WR for the Russell Wilson-led Denver Broncos. Fresh off back-to-back 700-yard seasons, Patrick accounted for 27% of the WR targets in 2020 and 31% in 2021. When all three receivers were on the field, Patrick consistently outplayed them both while receiving an 18.1% target share. No doubt Courtland Sutton will get the deep, game-breaking targets in a similar role to D.K. Metcalf and is a top-12 caliber option for fantasy. However, the best value for fantasy managers who want a piece of the pie is unquestionably Patrick (ECR WR63), who could very well outperform Jerry Jeudy in 2022.
Tommy Garrett

Mecole Hardman (KC): ADP – WR62 | 170th Overall
There’s a ton of debate in fantasy football circles as to who will be Patrick Mahomes‘ new favorite wide receiver between recently added free agents Marquez Valdes-Scantling/JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Skyy Moore. Well, what if it’s none of them? Mecole Hardman is the only wide receiver on the Chiefs’ depth chart who actually has experience playing with Mahomes and has been viewed as a “Tyreek Hill-lite” type of athlete. With an ADP of WR62 and a realistic chance to be Mahomes’ top target outside of Travis Kelce, the ADP just doesn’t add up. Hardman is still just 24 with second-round draft capital from 2019, and his fourth season in the NFL (with no Tyreek Hill in front of him) could be just what he needs to have a breakout campaign. In the two games last season in which he received double-digit targets, Hardman responded with receiving lines of 12-9-76 and 11-8-103. He can handle gadget plays out of the backfield as a rusher as well, and if we’re projecting the AFC West division to be as difficult as many say it will be, that means the Chiefs could be trailing (and passing the ball) more than we’ve become accustomed to over the years. The gap between KC’s top four wideouts should be much closer than it is currently with their respective ADP’s (Smith-Schuster WR35, Valdes-Scantling WR53, Moore WR56), so give me the discount on the receiver who already has 3+ seasons of experience with Mahomes under his belt. If Hardman is able to replicate even 50% of the Tyreek Hill role in this offense, then it’s game over at his current season-long ADP/draft cost.
Christopher Dell

Sammy Watkins (GB): ADPWR70 | 202nd Overall
One of the last darts I’m throwing in most drafts is at Sammy Watkins. Even if Aaron Rodgers has achieved nirvana and complete inner peace, he has never demonstrated patience with rookie wide receivers. With Allen Lazard in the slot, I expect to see Watkins a fair amount on the outside and see him developing into one of Rodgers’ favorite deep threats, akin to the role Marquez Valdes-Scantling vacated. Watkins is an excellent blocker, which means he will stay on the field, and we know Rodgers can make plays to anyone. While Christian Watson will eventually emerge, taking Watkins as the 70th WR off the board seems like a good value with a floor of 65 targets, 500 yards and 4 TDs.
Kelly Kirby

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