Breshad Perriman is an ideal mid-round wide receiver to take in your fantasy football dynasty drafts. In 2015, the Baltimore Ravens selected Perriman in the first round of the NFL Draft to be their number 1 wide receiver of the future. At the time, Baltimore still had a crowded wide receiver depth chart, with players such as Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken ahead of Perriman. Perriman also battled injuries early in his career. Perriman was always going to take at least a year to reach his full potential. Now is the time to buy Breshad Perriman while you still can.
Former Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith has retired, and Kamar Aiken is now in Indianapolis. The other receiving options on the Ravens roster include veteran running back Danny Woodhead, who is coming off an ACL Injury, Mike Wallace, who at this point in his career is not a number 1 wide receiver on any team. Running back Kenneth Dixon is suspended, at least to start the year, and tight end Maxx Williams is the only other viable receiving option the Ravens have at this point in the offseason, and there are concerns with Williams’ recent injury history.
The Ravens also did not take a wide receiver in the 2017 draft, showing their confidence in their current group, and that starts with Breshad Perriman. Perriman, if he can stay on the field, is going to see a majority of the targets from Joe Flacco in 2017. Who else is in Baltimore to really take away the opportunity from Perriman? Let’s take a closer look. As previously stated, Wallace is the clear number two receiver in Baltimore right now, and outside of Wallace, there is really no competition for targets, besides Danny Woodhead. Although, at this point in Woodhead’s career, it is hard to tell whether or not he can still be a major factor in the Ravens offense.Woodhead is coming back from an injury that ended his 2016 season, so to expect major things at this point in his career is a stretch. If Maxx Williams can stay healthy in 2017, he could see some targets from Flacco, which would be a mild concern for Perriman owners. We just have not seen enough from Maxx Williams to be overly concerned about this, yet. The common theme with all of these other options around Perriman is that none have the same talent level and upside that Perriman possesses.
When I look for wide receivers in dynasty leagues, there are four key factors that I like to look for.
The first factor is the talent. Talent wise, Perriman certainly checks this box. Before he was drafted by the Ravens, there were several scouts comparing Perriman to great talents such as Alshon Jeffery, Josh Gordon (on the field) and Kenny Britt. Perriman has also compared himself to Falcons’ star receiver, Julio Jones. When a player gets that type of comparison, you have to take notice. In college, Perriman averaged over 20 yards per catch, and scored 9 touchdowns, in 2014. Perriman is blazing fast, running a 4.25 40-time at his pro day in 2015, per NFL.com. Not only is Perriman productive, and fast, but he’s got that size that you look for in a true number 1 wide receivers, with his 6’2” height and 212 lbs weight, everything on paper appears to be exactly what we look for in players.
The next key thing to look for in a wide receiver is their opportunity. This point was touched on earlier, but to restate, Perriman battled injuries earlier in his career and had to sit behind veterans such as Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken. Aiken is out of town, and Smith retired. If Perriman can stay healthy, he can certainly have the most opportunity out of any pass catcher in Baltimore. His only true competition for targets right now is Mike Wallace and Danny Woodhead. The rest of the options right now in Baltimore do not have nearly the amount of talent nor upside that Perriman has. As long as Perriman can put it all together, with his skills, opportunity, and size, we have something to see here.
The third thing I look for in a wide receiver is their QB play. This is important because certain players need to have halfway decent WRs to be productive for fantasy football. Joe Flacco is a very good, experienced NFL quarterback, and he should not have a hard time throwing the ball to Perriman down the field at all. We don’t have to worry about very bad QB play for Perriman. That’s a plus.
The last thing I personally like to look for when choosing wide receivers for Fantasy Football is value, specifically, how expensive or cheap a player is to acquire on your team. Perriman, as previously mentioned, is Baltimore’s WR1, yet, he is not being priced as if he is a fantasy WR1. In a lot of cases, you can draft Perriman to be your fourth wide receiver, maybe even your fifth wide receiver (depending how many receivers you draft early) and feel great about it. Perriman is currently being drafted 83rd overall, according to Dynasty Football Factory’s May 2017 ADP. That is in the same price range as Willie Snead, Jordan Matthews, Cameron Meredith, Julian Edelman, and John Ross. None of those players are truly their team’s current number 1 wide receiver at this point in time. Perriman has just as much talent as all of those players and is in a much better position to succeed long-term. Speaking of long-term, Perriman is only 23 years old still, which means he still has time to grow as a player. In terms of rookie picks, it seems like Perriman can be had for late a first round pick, or even early 2nd round picks, depending if another owner is frustrated with him.
To conclude, you should definitely keep an eye on Breshad Perriman in your fantasy football leagues this season. His price is just too cheap right now, and there is great value in taking Perriman. You are paying a WR4 price tag on a player who has all of the potential to be a low-end WR2 on your hands by the end of the 2017 season. I am not going to go as far as saying that Perriman is going to be a fantasy WR1 in 2017 (though, that would be nice, wouldn’t it?) but if everything lines up which so far, it has, then Perriman has all of the tools to really make an impact for your Fantasy Football team.