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Written by: Sam Gubner
PPR, or points per reception leagues, are steadily becoming a more popular way of scoring in fantasy football leagues. Because of that I would like to give you some players who will in a normal league just be an average player, but in this PPR format be a superstar.
Wide Receiver – Golden Tate – Detroit Lions
Brandon Marshall was once asked a question of which receiver’s play does he like the most (besides himself). Instead of saying Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, or even fellow teammate Eric Decker guess who he chose? Thats right, Golden Tate. And I don’t blame him as in the shadow of Calvin Johnson, Tate was a great receiver garnering 813 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. And I think this year with no Calvin Johnson, Tate will thrive and get tons of targets from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. As a mid-round pick, Golden Tate will be a steal in PPR drafts.
Wide Receiver – Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins
Landry is the perfect receiver for PPR leagues. All he does is burn corners on short routes and get a ton of 5-10 yard catches. And occasionally he’ll even take it a step further and go on a big run because he is a major threat after the catch. Also, with Adam Gase at head coach and the loss of Lamar Miller, expect Ryan Tannehill to be airing it out much more this season and to target Jarvis Landry repeatedly.
Wide Receiver – Laquon Treadwell – Minnesota Vikings
Treadwell was the Vikings first round pick after having 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior year at Ole Miss. He also averaged 6.3 receptions per game which if he can carry into his rookie year in the NFL will be a PPR gem. On a Vikings team that has defenses keyed on Adrian Peterson and Stefon Diggs, Treadwell will get all the intermediate passes which Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater loves to throw. As a mid-late round pick, Treadwell could pay major dividends in PPR leagues.
Wide Receiver – Markus Wheaton – Pittsburgh Steelers
Wheaton started to carve out a role in the Pittsburgh offense last season, averaging over 50 yards per game near the end of the season. Which is saying a lot as the Steelers have a stacked offense with superstars such as Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Le’Veon Bell. But Martavis Bryant got suspended for the entire 2016 season due to a substance abuse policy violation, so Wheaton now has the opportunity to be alongside Antonio Brown and get tons of targets.
Running Back – Dion Lewis – New England Patriots
Lewis is a top 10 PPR running back for the sole reason that he is on a Patriots team that flat out passes the ball to running backs. They did this before with Shane Vereen, but it isn’t even relatable as Dion Lewis is practically him on steroids. If he hadn’t suffered a season ending knee injury last season, Lewis could’ve gone on to have a career year and join the fantasy elites. Sadly, he had to save it for this year and will be a mid-late round steal.
Running Back – Duke Johnson Jr. – Cleveland Browns
Duke Johnson Jr. is a beast out of Miami going for 2,073 yards and 13 touchdowns from scrimmage. And sadly, Johnson could not continue his success in the NFL only having a meager 913 yards and 2 touchdowns from scrimmage. Even with this down year I expect Johnson to bounce back. Many players struggle their rookie year but there is just so much going for Johnson. He has the talent, a great offensive line, no competition for targets and/or carries other than Corey Coleman and Isiah Crowell, and is a great receiving back. I expect Johnson to breakout this year and be the PPR jackpot.