Another Madden year is underway which means another installment in the Top 10 Sleeper Series for Madden 18. This time around, Sports Gamers Online looks at 10 sleeper wide receivers you may not know about. These are just a few athletes you’ll want to watch out for as they may give you an unexpected edge in your franchise. Be sure to check out the video above via YouTube or continue below for the video breakdown.
Madden 18 Top 10 Sleeper Wide Receivers
10. Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers)
Samuel’s value is primarily in him having the fourth highest Speed Rating in Madden 18. It sits at a 95 and is combined with his 93 Acceleration. He’ll command plenty of respect deep or at least he should. You’ll want to use him on streaks and drags where his speed and 85 juke will excel until you can build up his, otherwise low, receiving ratings. The Panthers have another fast guy in Byrd, so it’s possible you can scoop him without much headache.
9. Robby Anderson (New York Jets)
Robby Anderson is 6 foot 3 inches with 94 speed. Need I say more? Now, don’t get me wrong, his jump is only 86. He’s not exactly Randy Moss, but he still has 83 spec catch and 62 run block. You can build him up to be a poor man’s nephew’s Randy Moss with added blocking ability. I would check free agency to make sure he wasn’t cut before hitting up the Jets owner for him.
8. Tyrell Williams (San Diego Chargers)
Williams starts Madden 18 with a nice combo of 91 speed, 94 agility and 93 acceleration. This is even more impressive when you consider he’s 6 foot 4. He isn’t a YAC monster though, like a lot of the receivers on the list. However, he is a great blocker and has 80+ ratings in Spec Catch, Catch in Traffic and Route Running. His stamina and injury ratings aren’t the best but, his combo of speed and acceleration combined with his height and receiving ability makes him a unique target and just young enough to where you can still build him up.
7. Josh Doctson (Washington Redskins)
Doctson isn’t a burner but, he really doesn’t need to be. He’ll start with 90 spec catch and 85 catch in traffic. It doesn’t matter if he didn’t run away from you, he’ll still catch it. Don’t let him catch a pass against zone where he’s a YAC monster with his 84 elusiveness, 82 spin and 87 juke move. Good luck getting him from Redskins owners though. Your best hope is in Fantasy Drafts.
6. Amara Darboh (Seattle Seahawks)
Darboh is very versatile. He can run by you with his 91 speed and 93 acceleration, Moss you with his 89 spec catch or even little boy you with his 73 strength, 75 trucking and 77 stiff arm in the open field. Since the Seahawks are deep at receiver, Darboh might be obtainable very easily. You won’t regret snatching up this young beast.
5. Jaelen Strong (Houston Texans)
Strong is the best run blocker on the list at a 65. He is also the best pure receiver with his 87 rating in catching, spec catch, catch in traffic and release. His only weakness is he isn’t the best route runner to start. However, that shouldn’t take long to boost up. Strong being on the same team as Nuke and more dynamic receivers in Miller and Will Fuller, he should be easily obtainable.
4. Carlos Henderson (Denver Broncos)
The rookie Henderson comes in at 90 speed and has above average receiving highlighted by his 83 catch in traffic, 77 route running and 81 release. Additionally, when you consider he has 66 trucking, 84 elusiveness and 78 stiff arm, Henderson will make plays for you instantly. With some development, you can turn him into a great number two receiver for you.
3. Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Godwin has value in his youth and 91 speed with 82 spec catch, 79 catch in traffic and route running. Given the extra year you gain on most receivers, Godwin is a great option to build up. He will be a great third receiver in Tampa and a future second next to Mike Evans once D-Jax leaves.
2. Taywan Taylor (Tennessee Titans)
Despite not being the biggest receiver, his ratings are usually reserved for receivers three or four inches taller. He’ll start with 86 spec catch, 84 route running and 83 release. When you combine those crazy numbers for a rookie, Taylor has number one potential. Tennessee has a bunch of young guys highlighted by Corey Davis, so the Titans owner may see him as a part of that core or trade him for help elsewhere. It depends.
1. Dede Westbrook (Jacksonville Jaguars)
The Jaguars were already set with a receiver, then, they had to go and draft this guy. Westbrook’s 93 speed will give you a deep ball option instantly. His 95 agility and 87 juke move will make him dangerous underneath target as well. The best part is he’s not just a speedster. He also has good numbers in every receiving category. His potential is through the roof, given his speed and receiving starting numbers. Add on a deep Jaguars receiver squad, it will come down to Marquise Lee and Dede Westbrook on who they decide to keep.
Alright Sports Gamers, do you agree with the list? If not, who is a WR that you’ve been getting busy with that you think deserved a spot? Leave it in the comments down below. Stay tuned for more Madden 18 content here at Sports Gamers Online. Look out for the next part in our sleeper series featuring the tight ends; make sure you check back here daily so you don’t miss it.