Throughout the end of winter and into spring, TDN will be breaking down the best dynasty fantasy football landing spots for incoming rookies.
The NFL Draft is right around the corner and beyond that, fantasy football season is looming. But what if there were fantasy players you could draft right now? No, I’m not talking about best ball again. I’m talking about Dynasty fantasy football and more specifically, Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
Lost? No problem. Here’s a refresher on how Dynasty fantasy football works.
What is Dynasty fantasy football?
Ever wish you could keep your loaded fantasy team for next season? That’s Dynasty. When an influx of rookies enters the NFL you hold a separate draft for them while retaining your star players from the previous season, just like it works in the real world. That’s why Lucio Vainesman and I will be running through the top prospects and naming their best Dynasty fits.
The name of the game with wide receivers in Dynasty: volume and maximization. Can the receiver get a large enough volume of targets? How can the team maximize that player’s skillset? Both of those questions may not be answered right away and that’s fine. Remember, when you draft these players, they’re on your teams forever—unless you trade or cut them.
Without further ado, let’s get to our first prospect and his potential fits. Buckle up, Buckeye fans.
Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
According to Kyle Crabbs’ report on Wilson, the wideout projects best as a slot receiver in a high-volume passing offense. And though teams may be better off utilizing him inside more, he is still functional as a boundary receiver, as well.
6 Best Fits for Wilson
It’s no secret Atlanta needs a wide receiver, or two, or three. Until the Falcons find a way to replace wide receivers Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage, they need a true No. 1 wideout alongside tight end Kyle Pitts. Wilson could immediately come in and become quarterback Matt Ryan’s favorite target. More than that, Wilson and Pitts would actually make a pretty nice combo because both players can be used in a variety of ways. Ryan was 28th of 31 eligible passers in average depth of target (ADoT) last season, so Wilson may be heavily targeted in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field. His prowess in those areas gives him a relatively high floor in terms of potential production, too. The lack of weapons in such a pass-heavy offense—they were 10th in passing frequency—suggests a pretty immediate workload in Atlanta for Wilson.
All of a sudden, Dallas could use another wide receiver. After losing both Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson, quarterback Dak Prescott could work wonders with Wilson and CeeDee Lamb as his new tandem of receivers. Lamb was the Cowboys’ primary slot receiver last season so adding Wilson would probably mean Lamb moves primarily outside but luckily, Lamb has the skillset to do so and as I said earlier, Wilson doesn’t just need to be an inside receiver. Considering Cooper and Gallup combined for 13.8 targets per game, Wilson could see enough volume to be relevant early with a real chance at multi-season relevancy. That is, as long as Dallas keeps slinging the rock.
Green Bay Packers
Guess we’re doing this dance again? Well, the Packers could use as many weapons as possible now that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is presumably locked in for three more years. Wilson may not see the same volume in Green Bay as he would in the other places on this list, but he could still become a reliable WR2 in fantasy. As with every potential landing spot, there’s obviously a ton of long-term uncertainty. Placing Wilson in an offense with an MVP quarterback and a superstar counterpart like Davante Adams could allow Wilson to grow fast as a wide receiver. This isn’t my favorite landing spot, though it certainly has its perks.
This may seem like an uncomfortable fit on the surface but hear me out. Wilson would likely slide right into the slot, which again, isn’t the only place he should line up. A slot receiver can easily become a quarterback’s best friend since his routes tend to be on the shorter and intermediate side. Spoiler alert: shorter routes equal easier completions. What makes this fit even more enticing is wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks is always the subject of trade rumors and with a rebuilding team like the Texans, who knows how much longer he’ll stay in Houston. Wilson could see a ton of targets early, develop strong chemistry with quarterback Davis Mills—who was a nice surprise toward the end of the season—and eventually stake his claim as the team’s WR1. I’ve grown to like this pairing, especially if Houston is forced into negative game scripts again.
Kansas City Chiefs
Similar to Green Bay, this isn’t the best landing spot for Wilson in terms of potential volume. Still, think of all the ways Wilson can be utilized in Andy Reid’s offense. I’d imagine if the Chiefs made this selection, they’d do everything they can to ensure Wilson’s early involvement. At a minimum, he can take Mecole Hardman’s role in the slot—that experiment hasn’t been working out too well. Over time, Wilson could establish himself as quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ second-favorite target if tight end Travis Kelce, 33, falls off or calls it quits anytime soon.
New England Patriots
Full transparency: I initially struggled with the Patriots. On the surface, they’re a run-heavy team, ranking seventh in run-play frequency. However, it’s pretty clear quarterback Mac Jones needs a true No. 1 wide receiver. Sorry to wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, but Wilson would be a clear upgrade. The question comes down to potential volume. While some fantasy managers may shy away from Wilson here, I’d imagine Head Coach Bill Belichick would find ways to get Wilson the ball. Besides, has any head coach been better at adapting his offenses in recent years than Belichick? In New England, Wilson would get a nice chunk of passes in what would hopefully be a more receiver-friendly offense. This is a pretty solid fit, especially since Wilson could become Jones’ security blanket.