It’s my favorite time of the dynasty year – the offseason, aka Plant Your Flag Szn. What’s better/worse than scrolling through Twitter and seeing everyone’s #takes for six straight months? Something I don’t think enough analysts are talking about is Albert Wilson’s fantasy impact. If you’re playing in a league with deeper starting requirements (you should be), you aren’t going to be running out four or five WR1’s each week. Having depth is a must, and acquiring cheap, playable depth is key. Albert Wilson is fits this bill and will provide owners with a WR3 season.
First, let’s put into context what a WR3 has recently looked like. The table below gives us WR3 averages from 2013-2017.
I don't know about you, but these range of numbers don't seem unreasonable. I know what you're thinking. "Dude! Albert Wilson's best season was 42/554/3!" Listen, brah. Wilson put up that production in 13 games while only playing 52% of the offensive snaps. He's now on a Miami team missing 223 targets and 1,538 air yards from 2017 between Jarvis Landry and Julius Thomas, and Landry himself averaged nearly 143 targets over the past four years. Wilson's only direct competition is Old Man Amendola. His main competition for targets comes from Parker and Stills, with Stills being the only one to top 100 targets (105 in 2017). Yes, Mike Gesicki was just drafted in the 2nd round, but rookie TEs typically don’t command a large target share. Even if you “only” project Wilson for 100 targets, there’s still 123 targets from last year to spread across the rest of the offense. The newly-anointed Dolphin recorded 4.43 speed and a 98th-percentile college dominator coming out of Georgia State. Taking all of these things into consideration, you don't have to squint too hard to see the opportunity that awaits Albert in South Beach.
If the opportunity isn't enough to get you going, let me tell you about his current trade price. I scrolled through DLF's Trade Finder and to nobody's surprise, it's basically nothing. I found three trades involving just Wilson. Two involved 2019 3rds, and one for Derek Wolfe. He's free and I'm willing to bet he's on some waivers as well. According to DHH's ADP data, he's currently going off the board as the 259th player. If he somehow ends up underperforming his current cost, which would be a miracle in its own rite, the cost was near-zero.
Go get yourself some Albert Wilson. The fruit is ripe for the picking, and if you don't like the taste, you can just throw it away.