The 2023 Season is in the books. While there’s still some playoff football to help us see how players do in the clutch, for dynasty players, it’s a time to sit back, take stock, and see how players fared. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be looking back at the 2023, 2022, and 2021 classes by position. I’ll be evaluating if their stock rose, remained the same, or dropped during the course of the season. Now could be the time to sell high, buy low, or hold on to a winning hand. Today, I continue with the 2022 Wide Receivers.

Stock Up: Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

About: It wasn’t a great season for the Jets in 2023. It did start with promise, but when Aaron Rodgers was lost for the season in the first game, the Jets’ season took a tumble. Despite that, Wilson managed to have a solid third season. He finished as WR26, catching 95 passes for 1,042 yards. It was his second straight 1,000-yard season despite erratic quarterback play. With Rodgers likely back in 2024, it should be wheels up for the young receiver in year three.

Stock Up: Drake London, Atlanta Falcons

About: Like with Wilson, London has suffered through some erratic quarterback play. Like tight end Kyle Pitts, London hasn’t had a consistent target share. But he did catch 69 passes for 905 yards, improving his yards-per-reception in 2023. The best news is that the Falcons have moved on from Arthur Smith as Head Coach and are looking at upgrading the quarterback position. That is good news for London going into year three.

Stock Up: Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions

About: Williams had something of a lost rookie season. While his second year didn’t exactly provide the kind of production those that drafted him had hoped. He did catch 24 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns. He showed some spark down the stretch and in the playoffs, giving some hope that he can take a big step forward in a young Lions’ offense in 2024. Now might be a great time to buy low from those who’ve lost patience.

Stock Up: Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers

About: In his second year, Doubs was the best receiver from the Class of 2022 on the Packers’ roster. He took a step up in year two, catching 59 passes for 674 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s become a solid possession receiver on a good Packers offense. I think he has weekly flex value and is a much better value in fantasy than one of his teammates on this list, which will appear further down. Doubs is a sneaky solid pickup for the Packers.

Stock Up: Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills

About: This is about production and potential. The production was the step up that Shakir took in year two. He caught 39 passes for 611 yards and two touchdowns. Shakir was often the second-best wide receiver on the Bills down the stretch. The opportunity comes from the off-season, where Gabe Davis is a free agent who isn’t likely to return. That gives Shakir an opportunity to step up in year three. It’s possible the Bills play the free agent market, but if I have Shakir, I’m holding him to see what happens. If I can acquire him at a good value, I’ll get to do it, too. I liked what I saw, and I liked the fit in 2023.

Stock Up: John Metchie, Houston Texans

About: This is another speculative addition. Metchie was diagnosed with leukemia prior to his rookie year. His stock could have gone up just because he’s gotten better and got cleared to play. But he also started to get involved in the passing game, catching 16 passes for 158 yards. The Texans have Nico Collins and Tank Dell to lead the passing game, but it’s a young unit that’s still growing. With Metchie getting healthier, I suspect a jump in production in year three. He’s a player that’s been available on the wire and a guy I’d stash heading into 2024 if you have room.

Stock Up: Calvin Austin, Pittsburgh Steelers

About: This is another speculative stash. Austin caught just 17 passes for 180 yards but did see 11 carries for 57 yards. He’s mostly a Special Teams player, but his skills as a short receiver and runner might be an ideal fit for an offense run by Arthur Smith, the Steelers’ new Offensive Coordinator. I’m not spending much—if anything—but if I can stash Austin, I’m doing it to see how this plays out.

Stock Neutral: Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints

About: Olave was, again, the best receiver for the Saints. He finished as WR16 and took a step forward with 87 receptions for 1,123 yards, an improvement in receptions and yardage over his rookie season. He remains a great WR2 option despite uneven offensive schemes and quarterback play. If the Saints’ new offense hits, we could even see his stock improve.

Stock Neutral: Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants

About: Robinson took a step up in year two. He caught 60 passes for 525 yards and a touchdown. He’s been a solid contributor to the Giants’ offense despite uneven production and a middling passing game. Robinson will never be a top tier option, but I like him to consistently be a flex-worthy option.

Stock Down: Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

About: Yes, Dotson saw an increase in receptions from 35 to 49 in year two. He also saw his yards and touchdowns decline. He wasn’t a reliable play in fantasy despite the Commanders’ pass offense, at times, being quite productive. Now, Dotson will have a new quarterback and a new scheme. That’s been a boon to some players on this list, but I’m not sold that it will be for Dotson. It was an interesting pick at the time, and it seems like the Commanders are undergoing a transition. If I have Dotson and find someone excited, I’d move him. I don’t trust that his production is going to provide a return on his draft position.

Stock Down: Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans

About: Burks was a high-profile pick who seemed to land in an ideal spot with a team that needed receivers and production. In two years, we haven’t seen it. Burks has just 49 receptions for 665 yards and a touchdown. He actually saw his production decline in 2023 despite being in more games. I don’t think he’s ever going to return his draft value. If Burks is on the wire, perhaps I’ll take a chance. If you’re rostering him, there isn’t much value there. If you have space, I’d hold to see if the changes with Brian Callahan help, but I’m not holding my breath.

Stock Down: Christian Watson, Green Bay Packers

About: The Green Bay Packers were a great story in 2023. Jordan Love took over and looked like the real deal. They have a good, young offense and a bright future. So, why am I down on Watson? Well, for starters, he can’t stay on the field. In 2023, he was limited to just nine games. Second, the offense has passed him by. Doubs has been a solid possession receiver and rookie Jayden Reed cracked the Top 25 at the position. The Packers got contributions from Dontavyion Wicks, Bo Melton, and others. Meanwhile, despite his draft capital, Watson had just 28 receptions for 422 yards and five touchdowns. Watson is still the biggest name WR on the team, but he’s no better than third, for me, among receiving options. If I can, I’m moving him and focusing on other options.

Stock Down: George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers

About: Pickens had a better sophomore year and had some exceptional games. He caught 63 passes for 1,140 yards and five touchdowns. The problem is that his production has been erratic. And now, with the Steelers bringing in Arthur Smith, it’s hard to feel confident in consistent targets for Pickens, especially in a passing game that includes Diontae Johnson, Pat Freiermuth, Najee Harris, and Jaylen Warren. If I have Pickens, I will be looking to see if I can get a big return and move on.

Stock Down: Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs

About: When Moore was taken by the Chiefs, it seemed like a home run. The team needs receivers and Moore appeared to be a good weapon. But in two years, we haven’t seen consistent production or a consistent role. He caught just 21 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown. For a player who was taken high in rookie drafts, that’s not a great return. While others, like Rashee Rice, have taken off, Moore hasn’t found much of a consistent role. He’ll likely remain on the Chiefs, but I’m not putting much stock in him being a consistent producer. If someone still believes, I’d move him.

Matthew Fox is a die-hard NFL fan and Broncos’ homer. He’s a member of the FSWA. You can find more from him on Twitter @knighthawk7734 or as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a part of the Campus2Canton Network.

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