Handcuffing Wide Receivers, 2014 Edition

Handcuffing Wide Receivers, 2014 Edition

By John Paulsen (Senior Editor), on Aug 20, 2014

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Yesterday, I wrote about handcuffs for running backs, but receivers can have handcuffs too. The best ones hold standalone value as well. Here are a few names to remember:


If you draft… Jordy Nelson and/or Randall Cobb

Then consider drafting… Jarrett Boykin

After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and served as the Packers de facto WR3, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, so Boykin should play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack. The only concern is rookie Davante Adams, but first-year wideouts don’t usually play much in Green Bay. Even Jordy Nelson (54 targets) and Cobb (34) were not heavily involved as rookies. Boykin holds WR3/WR4 value on his own, but if Cobb or Nelson go down, Boykin would be promoted to a larger role. If you can’t get draft Boykin, Adams could also serve as a handcuff, though he may not offer the standalone value.


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