It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We continue with the wide receivers. Today, we take a look at a wide receiver who finally scored a dang touchdown last year—two of ‘em, in fact! Jakobi Meyers was one of the more consistent wide receivers last season, yet he’s made his way down to the positional dregs. Should we scoop him up from there and put him onto our fantasy football rosters? Let’s take a look at his 2022 fantasy football player profile!
Jakobi Meyers ADP and AAV:
Average Draft Position: WR56, 132 overall
Average Auction Value: $1.5
Jakobi Meyers Statistics:
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2022 Jakobi Meyers Fantasy Football Overview:
Jakobi Meyers emerged from the muck in the Patriots’ wide receiver room the last offseason, notching 83 receptions and 866 yards on 126 targets in his third year in the NFL. He also set a career-high in touchdowns (two, he famously had none through two seasons). He was the WR1 in New England last year, notching the 20th-most targets in the league (which led the Patriots by 51 targets) and also leading the Patriots in receptions and receiving yardage, as well. While his yardage was barely inside the top 30, his receptions ranked sixteenth at the position. Meyers was remarkably consistent en route to his WR31 finish last year, notching double-digit efforts in six of his last seven games.
But, Meyers’ lack of touchdowns, frequently seen as a meme in fantasy football circles, limited his upside. He finished as a top-36 wide receiver seven times and outside the top-36 ten times. But, you can’t really knock a guy for something as mercurial as touchdowns, especially when you consider that the Patriots have an ascendant offense and his touchdowns should come. Since 2010, 47 wide receivers had between 80 and 85 receptions in a season (again, he had 83 receptions), and prior to 2021, only Harry Douglas had fewer than 3 touchdowns. The average in this range is seven touchdowns.
2022 Jakobi Meyers Fantasy Football Draft Strategy:
As of right now, Jakobi Meyers is WR56, and pick 132 overall. He’s behind rookies Christian Watson & Skyy Moore, injured Michael Gallup, and possibly real NFL bust Mecole Hardman by ADP. That’s just out of control bonkers for a guy who had 120+ targets last season, and who will have touchdown regression hit him hard this year to the likely tune of 8 or 9 touchdowns. So, please explain to me why he’s going behind two backup running backs (Darrell Henderson and Nyheim Hines)? It doesn’t make any sense. You can pencil him onto your roster now since he’s going at the end of round 11 in 12-team leagues. You can just take him in the tenth and carry your profit to the bank.
Because if Meyers scored seven touchdowns last season instead of two? Those extra 30 points would have made him WR23. That’s an easy upside you can get for dirt cheap ahead of other players that people want to take because they’re sexier.
Best Case Scenario:
Mac Jones and Jakobi Meyers put the league on notice, connecting for ten touchdowns en route to Meyers finishing as a top-20 wide receiver.
Worst Case Scenario:
Jakobi Meyers sees a Jacoby & Meyers commercial and becomes hellbent on a trade to the Browns, where he and Jacoby Brissett form the Law Firm of Jacoby, Jacoby & Meyers & Jakobi Meyers.
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]