We all know the studs to buy in the first few rounds of our dynasty drafts, but when it gets to those later rounds the choices get a bit more difficult. In this series, we will identify some of those players you should be targeting as drafts progress. These players may not produce right off the start, but they can be great assets moving forward for your dynasty rosters. Here are my late-round dynasty buys at wide receiver. (Side note: if you’re looking for a late-round rookie sleeper, Brian Beckman detailed his favorite cheap rookie receiver here.)
Tyler Johnson, WR, Buccaneers
Tyler Johnson lit up the NCAA his last two seasons at Minnesota catching 164 passes for 2,487 yards and 25 touchdowns. In 2019, he led the Big Ten conference in receptions, receiving yards, yards per catch, and receiving touchdowns. Sounds like a first round talent, right? Wrong.
The Buccaneers drafted him in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He looks to be an obvious steal and with the current roster, he seems solidified to being the teams starting slot receiver. The Bucs have Pro Bowl WR’s Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. They added future Hall of Famer’s Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs also needed to upgrade their 22nd ranked offensive line and did so by drafting one of the top offensive lineman, Tristan Wirfs. We have all seen what Brady can do with time in the pocket and we know how frequently he targets his slot receivers, a la Julian Edelman.
Outside of Evans and Godwin, there is no one on the roster who I see beating out Johnson and his skill set as their WR3. He may not have the draft capital, but that doesn’t necessarily matter. He is in a great position on a team that has some outstanding offensive skill players and an offensive-minded head coach. Johnson is someone you should absolutely target for your dynasty rosters.
Auden Tate, WR, Bengals
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow set the football world on fire last year. He set the record for most touchdowns thrown by an FBS quarterback in a season (60) and won the Heisman Trophy. The Cincinnati Bengals needed a quarterback and they got one!
Thanks to that move, Auden Tate should see a huge boost in value. The Bengals second-year wide receiver is an imposing force at 6’ 5”, 228 pounds. He led the Bengals in red zone targets (15) and was second to Tyler Boyd for total targets (85) in 2019. This is in spite of him missing four games due to injury and playing with quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley. While not known for his speed, Tate has great hands and the ability to high point the ball over defensive backs.
Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green is back with the team and Boyd did not exactly take the huge step everyone expected in Green’s absence. I believe Tate has the advantage over recent draft pick Tee Higgins as well because Tate has already seen what NFL defenses are like and now knows how to adjust to the pro game. He definitely has a chance to be a solid option on this team in 2020. Now is the time to buy Tate!
Devin Duvernay, WR, Ravens
The wide receiver from the University of Texas picked a good year, his senior season, to have a breakout. In 13 games, he caught 106 passes (126 targets) for 1,386 yards and 9 touchdowns. His reception total was the third-most and his receiving yards were good enough for the fifth-most in the nation. He ran a 4.39 40-yd dash at the 2020 NFL Combine and was selected in the third round by the Ravens.
Currently, I see him as the Ravens WR3 behind Hollywood Brown and Miles Boykin. Duvernay’s speed should be something that quarterback Lamar Jackson can exploit. I do not think veteran wide receiver Willie Snead will push for targets over Duvernay. With the rookie additions of running back J.K. Dobbins along with Duvernay, the Ravens should have one of the better offenses in the league.
When drafting dynasty players, you always want those that are attached to high-powered offenses. Duvernay could be a matchup nightmare for corners with his quick acceleration. He also has the ability to get yards after the catch and is physical with the ball in his hands. This physicality is evidenced below with the clip of him running over Jim Thorpe Award-winning safety, Grant Delpit.
Here is a GIF of Devin Duvernay owning Grant Delpit for all eternity pic.twitter.com/qKVYhh331x
— Buck Swope (@HelmetBoy_Texas) September 13, 2019