Kenny Golladay had essentially a lost season in Detroit last year, as he was limited to just five games due to a hip injury – and a hamstring early in the season. When Golladay is healthy though, he’s an efficient and dynamic downplay target with excellent size. He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2019 and was coming off consecutive 1,000-yard seasons prior to missing most of last year. He’ll be the alpha receiver in New York and has a career yards per reception of 16.8.
Golladay is coming off an injury-riddled season, which is always a bit of a red flag, but the biggest downside is at the quarterback position. Golladay goes from spending most of his time with Matthew Stafford to Daniel Jones. When Golladay had to deal with Jeff Driskel for three games in 2019, he tallied just eight receptions, 152 yards and one touchdown during that span. While Daniel Jones isn’t Jeff Driskel and Golladay was definitely better when David Blough took over, Jones is probably closer to Driskel than he is to Stafford.
2021 Bottom Line
Golladay has risk associated with him joining a new team with a downgrade at quarterback, but he should lead the team in targets, has been productive before, and is available in the sixth round as the 26th receiver off the board. If he was being drafted in the third round like he was a year ago, it would be hard to recommend going after him in most leagues due to the risk, but at his ADP, his considerable upside makes him worth the gamble. He should at least be a WR2 option with legit WR1 upside.