25. Michael Crabtree: Oakland Raiders
There were others to consider for the last spot on this list (Keenan Allen, DeSean Jackson, Rishard Matthews to name a few). However, none of those names provide the reliability offered by Crabtree. Since making the move to Oakland, Crabtree has rewarded himself and fantasy owners. His arrival has coincided with the development of Derek Carr, and after receiving 146 and 145 targets in consecutive seasons, you bet the quarterback knows it. While donning the silver and black, Crabtree has put up two-year totals of 174 catches, 1,925 yards, and led the Raiders in that span with 17 touchdown receptions. His ceiling and floor might not be very far apart, but you’re assured a return that exceeds your investment.
24. Allen Robinson: Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy owners who reached for Robinson last season were severely let down after he failed to come close to his 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown 2015 output. It’s almost criminal that Robinson, a receiver with superb talent, couldn’t haul in more than 50 percent of the 151 targets he received from Blake Bortles last season. After falling back down to Earth, A-Rob’s draft position will probably make him a “value pick” — and therefore, a potentially great selection. If he can just settle somewhere along the middle of his previous two years, fantasy owners should be happy.
23. Emmanuel Sanders: Denver Broncos
Playing behind Demaryius Thomas as the No. 2 option in Denver has not stopped Sanders from producing. Eclipsing 1,000 yards each season after leaving Pittsburgh, Sanders has made a name for himself in fantasy circles. With Trevor Siemian (or whoever Denver trots out) at quarterback, the ceiling for Sanders can only reach so high. Long gone are the years of 100 receptions, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t offer value. Colonel Sanders has still seen over 135 targets in each of his three seasons in the Mile High City — making him a high-end WR2.
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