Five undervalued fantasy football wide receivers

Wide receivers who are being undervalued in fantasy drafts

8/16/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

It's easy to go after wide receivers like Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall early in fantasy drafts, but sifting through the immense number of receivers in the middle rounds to find a reliable contributor can be difficult. Let's take a look at some of the receivers who are being undervalued this year:

Note: All average draft positions (ADP) are according to Yahoo.

Stevie Johnson (BUF): How many times does this guy need to catch 75+ passes for 1,000+ yards before people start giving him some respect? Despite being on poor offenses with substandard quarterback play, Johnson has hit those marks three years in a row. His consistency makes him a great guy to have on your fantasy team, as he can be relied on weekly for a solid amount of points. He's been putting up numbers without another pass catcher to take any defensive attention away from him, but now has talented rookie Robert Woods to take off some of the pressure. Johnson's ADP of 94.9 has him smack-dab in the middle of the 10th round, where he'll be a fantastic value.

Jun 11, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) participates in drills during minicamp at San Francisco 49ers training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY SportsAnquan Boldin (SF): We're all expecting Colin Kaepernick to have a great year, right? Well in order for that to happen, he's going to have to throw the ball to someone. Boldin is Kaepernick's No. 1 receiver and gives the young signal caller a target with sure hands that can snatch the ball away from opposing defenders. His upside is particularly great in PPR leagues, and he could be a fantastic red zone target for an offense that should find itself there often. I think 75 catches for 1,000 yards and a nice handful of touchdowns is a very realistic possibility for Boldin, making him a nice sleeper at his 99.6 ADP.

Golden Tate (SEA): Tate had the best season of his career in 2012, but he himself admitted that he would simply try to beat defenders with his athleticism. This season, Tate has set out on a mission to better understand the offense and dominate more from a mental aspect. Head coach Pete Carroll called Tate the Seahawks' "highest tester in terms of assignments," meaning he understands the playbook and his responsibilities better than anyone on the team. With Percy Harvin out indefinitely, the durable Tate has a shot at having a true breakout season as quarterback Russell Wilson's No. 1 receiver, making him a steal at his current ADP of 105.0.
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