Written By Christian Skutevik
It is very easy to get overshadowed in a season where there is a player in every position breaking records. I know I don’t need to remind you about the historic performances Jackson, McCaffrey, and Thomas put up last season. Among other players, Kenny Golladay flew under the radar of many casual fantasy football fans. According to average draft position he is being drafted in the late 2nd round and often falling into the 3rd round, which is crazy for a receiver who finished 3rd in Standard and 9th in PPR scoring last season. At just 25 years old last season he led the NFL with 11 receiving touchdowns and proved to be one of the leagues most dangerous deep threats. While he has a career catch percentage of just 59% he makes the most out of every catch and every target that comes his way. Amongst receivers with at 50 catches; He leads them all with an ADOT(average depth of target) of 16.9, finished 4th with 10.5 average yards per target, his 18.3 yards per catch was 2nd, and he finished 2nd with 3.85 fantasy points per touch.
He'll Get Even Better?
They say it takes 3 years for a receiver to reach his potential in the NFL, and Golladay has played in 3 seasons. However, as great as he was in '19 he was not fully able to reach his potential last year. His Quarterback Matthew Stafford played in just 10 games before being sidelined with a severe back injury, and missing Stafford for those games definitely hurt his fantasy numbers. Golladay had 5 games with over 115 receiving yards but he only did that once without Stafford. And I know many of you reading this aren't Stafford fans but he is a veteran gunslinger that certainly adds value to his receivers. In fact, before getting hurt Stafford was on pace to tie Lamar Jackson for most passing touchdowns last season at 36. Having a solid presence behind center all season will go along way for Golladay in 2020.
Kenny Golladay is easily a top 10 fantasy receiver and a tier-one talent. He is as talented as any receiver in the league, has a good quarterback that he has developed solid chemistry with, and he should continue to see plenty of garbage time stats as the Lions defense got even worse with the departure of Jeff Okudah. His talent and situation give him monstrous upside and low-risk fantasy value making him a steal in the 2nd round of your next fantasy draft.