Wide receiver might be the most pivotal position in all of dynasty. Stud receivers last much longer and hold more value compared to elite level players at other positions. Their output is more predictable from year to year and they are the currency that most dynasty drafters lean on during startup drafts.
Even in startup drafts, I like to draft zero-RB while focusing on young wide receiver talent. It’s a strategy that has worked for me for years. I feel it’s easier for me to accumulate assets at the position and move them around via trade to bolster other positions in my lineup.
Since I value the position more than most people, let’s take a look at five wide receivers I’m buying right now:
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR PIT
I get it. Everybody wants Juju Smith-Schuster on their team, but you don’t want him more than me. For over a year I’ve had him ranked as my WR1 in dynasty. I’m willing to draft him anywhere between the 1.01 to the 1.03 in startup drafts. Where everyone else is spending their draft capital on running backs, I’m snagging the 22-year-old receiver who has an easy ten more years of productivity in his back pocket. This is a safe long-term investment that also has a lot of upside.
Last year he caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns, equating to 12.8 yards per receptions and 8.6 yards per target. He also led all receivers with 672 yards after the catch and accumulated 2.08 yards per route run. Smith-Schuster is a very efficient receiver considering he only dropped six of his 161 targets.
At the time of writing, Ezekiel Elliott is currently going through a contract situation that might impact his fantasy value, but I would make this trade every day and twice on Sunday. I’m extremely bullish here and that’s because I know when Elliott or Alvin Kamara are getting ready to wrap up their careers, Smith-Schuster is going to have a solid five or more years left in the tank.