Every league is different, that’s what can make fantasy sports so fun. In this piece, I will be highlighting players that should be higher on your draft board in a PPR (points per reception) league. These players are not ranked in any particular order.
Tommy Shuler, Marshall (WR)– Once again, this guy makes one of my lists. If you have been doing your research for your upcoming draft, you know that Shuler is a worthwhile fantasy option at WR. He hauled in 110 passes last season and I expect him to come close to that total again in 2013.
Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State (WR)– Stewart is on a lot of peoples’ watch lists for this season. He has the potential to catch close to 100 passes for the Cowboys in 2013. The high-flying attack in Stillwater could lead to a great season for Stewart. The drawback to this is, that someone else could get hot and take away some of his targets. With that said, Stewart should be the favorite to catch a bunch of passes this season.
Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan (WR)– Wilson quietly had one of the better freshman campaigns of 2012. In just 10 games he caught 67 passes for the Broncos. He missed two games toward the end of the season due to injury. If he can stay healthy, Wilson could be a 85-90 catch guy and easily could go over 1,000 yards.
Joe Hill, Utah State (RB)– Every season, Utah State churns out a fantasy stud at the running back position it seems like. The Aggies love to use their backs in the passing game more than most teams. In 2012, starting running back Kerwynn Williams caught 45 passes. Look for similar production this season from Hill. The Aggies will need him to step up if they want to contend in the Mountain West.
D.J. Foster, Arizona State (RB)– Although Foster is not the lead back in Tempe, he could be a valuable weapon due to his versatility. He caught 38 passes in 2012, but could see an increase in targets due to the departure of some of the Sun Devils’ leading pass catchers. Look for him also to share some time carrying the football as well.
Charles Sims, West Virginia (RB)– This may be a risky draft pick but could be a very rewarding one. Sims racked up insanely good numbers while at Houston, but now he has transferred to West Virginia where head coach Dana Holgorson knows a thing or two about offense. If Sims finds himself at the top of the depth chart, expect the Mountaineers to get him the football as often as possible especially with the losses of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Don’t be surprised if Sims plays the role of Tavon Austin in 2013. He caught 37 passes in 2012, but it is difficult to tell how the Mountaineers will utilize the dynamic back.