The wide receiver may be the deepest position in fantasy football but it also has its fair share of busts. Here are four wide receivers that are destined to disappoint in 2015. – ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com
Sammy Watkins (ADP: WR #23)
This projection has nothing to do with Watkins’ talent and everything to do with the environment surrounding him. In the first eight weeks of last season, the rookie Clemson product scored five touchdowns and ranked as fantasy’s No. 10 wideout. After the Bills’ week nine bye, Watkins scored only one TD and averaged just five points a game. The outlook for 2015 is just as bleak as an even heavier run-game plan is implemented and the QB situation has not gotten better. Until Buffalo’s game plan starts to mold towards Watkins’ skill set, he’ll just be a borderline WR2.
Larry Fitzgerald (ADP: WR #35)
Larry Fitzgerald is the epitome of dependability. In the past two seasons, Fitzgerald has dropped only two passes on 236 targets. So what’s the problem? In his 12th season at age 32, Fitzgerald is past his prime. Arizona has a trio of younger guys who are knocking at the door for their opportunity to shine. Michael Floyd (25), John Brown (25), and Andre Ellington (26) all had more receiving touchdowns than Fitzgerald did in 2014. If you were expecting a bounce-back year for Fitz upon Palmer’s return, temper your expectations, there’s a lot more mouths to feed in Arizona nowadays.
Torrey Smith (ADP: WR #39)
After an abysmal start to the 2014 season, Smith managed to finish as fantasy’s No. 18 wide receiver. Now in San Francisco’s run-first offense, expect Smith to fall outside the top 25. Smith’s selling point is the long ball and his ability to stretch defenses. Unfortunately for Smith, his quarterback is not the most accurate when connecting on deep throws. No QB threw more deep passes (20 yards or more) than Colin Kaepernick in 2014 and the 49ers signal-caller ranked 20th on such throws*. If the chemistry can’t be developed quickly, it could be a long year for Torrey Smith and his owners.
Devin Funchess (ADP: WR #44)
At 6’4”, 230 pounds, Devin Funchess may look like Kelvin Benjamin but he won’t produce similar numbers in 2015. With Benjamin sidelined for the season, many turned to Funchess as a perfect replacement, but as of now, Funchess is not even expected to play in week one. Raw, slow, and inconsistent are just some of the weaknesses tagged on the rookie out of Michigan. Funchess needs to develop early and fast if he is to warrant any fantasy relevance this season.