Fantasy Value Targets: Golladay & Dixon

Mike Wallace, Contributor

This is continuation of valuable fantasy targets I will be keeping my eye on as the 2018 season approaches. This group goes into guys a little deeper. Some of these guys have less of a chance of paying off, but there is something interesting I see in each of them.

Check out the first article in the series: Trubisky, Burton, & Albert Wilson

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions WR

Golladay started the season with a bang; he followed it up with some disappointing performances before missing some time due to injury. I am not basing this on a single good performance to start the year. If you look at the last 5 games for the Lions Golladay played at least 76% of offensive snaps every game. He topped 85% in 3 of the last 4 games of the season. The Lions worked him back into the lineup and the trend should continue in 2018. Golladay is a talented young WR and will provide a big target that could be useful in the red zone, which the team will need with Ebron no longer on the team. With Tate being effective in the short to intermediate passing game, there is a spot for Golladay to start opposite Marvin Jones. Golladay will likely not see the top CB from opposing defenses and he showed the ability to break a big play at times last year.

Golladay will see increase in his work load and in red zone targets. He should be a value after people seemed to expect more out of his rookie season. As the season goes along I think plenty of teams will be happy to have him as a Flex.

Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens RB

Last year Alex Collins was a breakout in Baltimore, but they only turned to him when they had to. It is unclear how invested the team is in him. Terrance West feels like a replacement level RB, there is nothing special about him. There is an opportunity for Kenneth Dixon to carve out a significant role in this backfield if he stays on the field. Some people have forgotten the hype around Dixon when he entered the league, but he is talent and is still only 24. In 2016 he showed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as had better yards per carry numbers than West that season. If Dixon is able to prove himself to the Baltimore coaching staff he should at least push himself into a timeshare with Collins.

Dixon has a wide variety of outcomes, but I believe in his talent. Outside of injury I think the most likely case is Dixon adding value as part of a committee with Collins that will catch more passes. If he becomes the lead guy he could win people their leagues.

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