A strategy that usually works in having successful best ball teams is to take a lot of wide receivers at the back end of fantasy football drafts. Many of the running backs drafted in this area barely provide many good weeks.

For wide receivers, there usually are at least 3-5 games where the receivers enter the optimal lineup. It could be due to injuries or there are games where the third or fourth receiver has a big game. Here are a few wide receivers that are more appealing in best ball drafts compared to redraft leagues.


John Brown (Buffalo Bills)

I have always liked Brown a lot and I had him in several leagues last season since he was a good value. The redraft league value takes a hit with the addition of Stefon Diggs , who will lead the team in targets. Brown led the Bills last season with 115 targets and had 72 catches for 1,060 yards with six touchdowns. Brown was extremely consistent last season with at least nine points in PPR formats in 13 of 15 games. The consistency won't be as good this year, but Brown is still capable of having some huge games. Brown was 13th in target share last season and that won't happen again.

Will Fuller (Houston Texans)

Fuller was in a great spot to take a big leap and the acquisition of Brandin Cooks last week is a slight downgrade for Fuller, but not drastic. DeAndre Hopkins leaves a lot of targets behind. He had 150 targets last season and averaged 10.1 targets per game over the last two seasons. Cooks won't absorb all of them and Fuller averaged 6.5 targets per game last season. Fuller has shown a good rapport with Deshaun Watson . As always, it's about health for Fuller. He has been in the NFL for four years and hasn't played more than 14 games. Over the last three seasons, he has missed 20 games. Fuller had an 18.3 percent target share last season and it should easily increase. Fuller is a big play threat with an average depth of target of 14.2 yards last season. In seven of his 11 games last season, Fuller had at least eight points in PPR formats. He should be more consistent without Hopkins commanding the targets, but the injuries and big-game potential make him more appealing in best ball formats.

DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)

Jackson is the epitome of a best ball player. He has some huge performances and many games where can cost you a win due to a putrid game. It's frustrating trying to figure out when to start him in redraft leagues and it's usually why he isn't on any of my teams. In best ball, it's different since you can get all of his huge games. The Eagles missed the vertical speed of Jackson last season. He played in Week 1 and had eight catches for 154 yards with two touchdowns on nine targets and played in one other game. In 2018, Jackson had six games of double-digit points in PPR formats in 12 games. In the other six, he had five points or fewer in five of them. Jackson averaged 18.9 yards per catch in 2018. The Eagles will likely draft a receiver, but they have done nothing to bolster the receivers and if Jackson can stay healthy, he's a good late-round best ball target.

Breshad Perriman (New York Jets)

Perriman has flashed the talent over the last two seasons that showed why the Ravens took him in the first round in 2015. Over the last two seasons, Perriman has been targeted 95 times, averaged 18.9 yards per catch and 10.5 yards per target. Perriman had at least a touchdown or 100 yards in each of his final four games last season with the Buccaneers. The Jets don't have much at wide receiver and even if they draft a receiver, Perriman could see 90-100 targets as the deep threat in the offense that will create some big games. For more on Perriman, read here.

John Ross (Cincinnati Bengals)

Ross has been a bust so far in his three seasons, mainly due to injuries. He has played 24 games in three seasons, but has shown the ability to produce big games. In Week 1 last season Ross had seven receptions for 158 yards with two touchdowns on 12 targets. The next week he had four catches for 112 yards with a touchdown. After two quiet weeks, he was hurt and didn't return until Week 14 and reached double-digit points in PPR formats in one game. The Bengals offense will be improved with them likely drafting quarterback Joe Burrow and the return of A.J. Green from injury. Ross averaged 18.1 yards per catch last season and if he can stay on the field, he will have some ideal games for best ball.

Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers)

Williams had a very odd season in 2019. He had 90 targets and caught 49 passes for 1,001 yards and only two touchdowns. He averaged 20.4 yards per catch. Williams is a big-play threat and should score more touchdowns. Williams had 10 touchdowns on 66 targets in 2018, so we have seen the extreme side of scoring the last two seasons. He converted only 1 of 12 end zone targets into a touchdown and at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Williams should be targeted in the end zone.

Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins)

People are forgetting how good Williams was last season. In drafts since April 1, Williams is the 56th wide receiver off the board in Bestball 10s. Williams led the Dolphins in targets in eight games with 60 before his season came to an end due to an ACL injury. Williams is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He had 32 catches for 428 yards with three touchdowns. He had at least nine points in PPR formats in all eight games.