The Top 10 Rookie WR’s To Completely Avoid

For every Yin there is a Yang, a couple weeks back I wrote this article on the Top 12 WR’s to Draft based on a cumulative Prospect Success Indicator score,  I pulled the data of every WR to attend the combine this year and these were the results of the lowest scores among the group this year.

Below are the metrics used to get to the Prospect Success Indicator (PSI) score.

  1. Breakout Age(BA) – is defined by their age at the midpoint of the college football season when they first posted a Dominator Rating at or above 20% – This was pioneered by Frank DuPont and Shawn Siegele first examined each wide receiver’s breakout age on A Breakout Age under 20 is exceptional.
  2. Successful Wide Receiver Measurements (SWRM)Jacob Feldman of DLF wrote an article in 2012 detailing out what the average Combine/Pro Day metrics were for the average Top 25 WR at the time. For a couple of reasons, the age of article/data and this Harvard Article on the Combine and wide receivers is weighted the least amount across all metrics.
    • Lbs per In, Hand Size, Height, 40yd dash, Vertical Leap, Broad jump, 2yd Shuttle, 3 Cone
    • Top 25 WR’s hit on a least 7 of those above on average
  3. Phenom Index (PI) – The Phenom Index is calculated by looking at player’s age and their final season market share of receiving yards and bolting them together using z-scores. Think about this as a filter for finding young, talented players who could emerge to be among the game’s best within three seasons. The baseline here is 1.98 or above for WR’s.
  4. Dominator Rating(DR) – looks at the market share of a team’s passing offense–yards and touchdowns– for which a player is responsible, ignores age. In terms of predicting NFL success, any number over .50 – which roughly corresponds to having caught 50% of your team’s yards and TDs – projects as an NFL superstar or Top 10 overall pick value. .45-.50 is excellent (roughly Top 15 pick value), .40-.45 very good (Top 20 pick), .35-.40 (late first, early second), .30-35 (second round to third round), below .30 (middle-round pick). Of course, DR in isolation only provides part of the picture.
  5. Bench Press (BP) – According to the HSCA the bench press was the only statistically relevant drill that could predict future success.  WR’s have to be able to get off press coverage, push-off DB’s (without getting flagged), and block, right? The baseline here is 10 or more reps for WR’s.
  6. Height Weight Adjusted Speed Score (HasS) – Created by Bill Barnwell, HaSS is scaled with 100 being a solid draftable score, anything over 110 being excellent, and anything over 120 suggesting complete physical dominance for WR’s 6’1” or taller, not as impactful for shorter WR’s.
  7. PSI Score: This is the cumulative score based on how each WR ranked across all the metrics listed above. Here’s how the metrics are weighted to get to the final scores: DR and PI at 40% each, BP at 15%, and SWRM at 5%. BA is accounted for well enough within PI, and HaaS is only good to look at for those WR’s at/over 6’1” from my understanding. After the WR’s are given scores they are then placed into tiers based on those scores with all the other classes that have been analyzed.
Player Name                         PSI
Dural, Travin                         0.42
Rogers, Darreus                        0.42
Whitfield, Kermit                        0.42
Bolden, Victor                        0.53
Adams, Rodney                        0.63
Howard, Bug                        0.74
Bourne, Kendrick                        0.74
Rector, Michael                        0.84
Adeboyejo, Quincy                       0.84
Scott, Artavis                       1.36

Unless one of these guys attended your alma mater, were drafted/ signed as a UDFA by your favorite team or maybe you saw them on ESPN’s top 10 plays once, you likely haven’t heard of these guys before.

If they were signed by your favorite team or whatever the reason may be that could lead you to think about adding these guys to your roster, note this. No players since 2014 with scores this low have ever been valuable in Fantasy Football. These guys project as the definition of roster cloggers, so let your fellow league mates add these guys while you add someone more valuable.

Thanks for reading, if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them here or you can also find me on Twitter @DynastyGuruFF, give me a follow.

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