Looking at that deep second tier of fantasy wideouts and feeling overwhelmed? It may seem like a can’t miss group of guys, but history suggests that the second tier is anything but that. Last year’s group contained soul-crushing players like OBJ, Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster and the unforgettable Antonio Brown. Wasting your second-round pick could be detrimental to your team. So you need to make sure you choose the right guy for the job.
One receiver on this year’s list that truly sticks out to me is Kenny G.
Last year was Kenny Golladay’s first full season of being the Lions’ unquestioned number one receiver. Many would say it was a success. Although being the 9th ranked PPR receiver might seem terrific by most people’s standards, it still felt disappointing to his true stans that have really been paying attention.
Many people don’t really understand the ridiculous amount of fantasy points Golladay left on the table.
The season was a tale of two halves for Detroit, and Matt Stafford’s back injury was the main reason why. Every major stat took a dip once Stafford went down, which severely limited Golladay’s “breakout” season. He averaged 23 PERCENT more fantasy points per game when Stafford was on the field opposed to the unattractive combination of Jeff Driskel and David Blough.
Surprisingly, the most noticeable drop-off came in the touchdown department. He finished the year with the most receiving touchdowns in the league. Yet he was projected for FIVE more based on the numbers he was putting up with Stafford over the eight games that they had together.
When using those same projections, Golladay would’ve finished with a whopping 282 fantasy points. That’s right, Golladay would’ve been the SECOND ranked fantasy receiver if Stafford’s back didn’t give out.
With a healthy Matt Stafford under center in 2020, expect Golladay to dominate in fantasy. Take him with your second-round pick and don’t think twice about it. Golladay could very well lead the league in touchdown catches two years in a row, and could finally become the “Optimus Prime” that the Lions have been patiently waiting for.
BANNER: Kenny Golladay of the Detroit Lions on Dec. 2nd, 2018 PHOTO CRED: Kevin810// Wikimedia Commons