In my last UDFA targets article, I wrote about some UDFA RB targets and a deep QB stash for your dynasty teams. This week I’m digging into the receiving positions to find some UDFA pass-catchers you should be looking into as stash options. Without offseason activities to pay attention to, we’re going to have to rely on beat reporters and coach speak. As bad as that may be, it’s all we’ll have. So here are a few UDFA TE and WR dynasty targets for 2020 that you might want to keep your eye on as the NFL season finally gets underway.
UDFA TE/WR Dynasty Targets for 2020
Thaddeus Moss, TE – WAS
The first name on almost any UDFA list this year is LSU TE Thaddeus Moss. Moss passed on his senior year for the NFL draft after LSU won the National Championship, but Tony Pauline’s scouting report disagreed with his choice: “He possesses the size, physical skills, and bloodlines to play in the NFL, although his decision to make the jump may have been a bit premature.” Not the highest praise in a class already pretty weak at tight end.
Moss is definitely a raw talent in need of some refinement, but the Washington Football Team definitely has a need at the position, so maybe he starts in his rookie year. This makes Moss an easy roster stash in all standard dynasty leagues just in case he breaks out. Stranger things have happened, right?
Hunter Bryant, TE – DET
University of Washington’s Hunter Bryant is not at all related to FAU’s Harrison Bryant, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 4th round, even though they play the same position and share a last name. Hunter was named to first-team All-PAC 12 even though Pauline considered him a liability in the blocking game. Hunter Bryant will now play behind 2018 rookie T.J. Hockenson who had some injuries in his rookie year, meaning Bryant could be worth a roster spot in deeper leagues with TE premiums for needier teams in case he sees a chance to start sooner rather than later.
Kirk Merritt, WR – MIA
Arkansas’s Kirk Merritt is the first name on my list of UDFA WRs to keep an eye on this year. He was signed by Miami after the draft due to his athleticism, but his physical talents alone won’t get him on the field. Pauline mentioned that “he may need a coach to get into his head to get the best from him,” and perhaps Miami’s Brian Flores is the perfect coach to get through to Merritt. Miami already has a long list of receivers ahead of Merritt, but if he shines out of the gate, he could be a perfect taxi squad stash for leagues with those spots and a perfect UDFA WR dynasty target for 2020.
Jeff Thomas, WR – NE
University of Miami’s Jeff Thomas went undrafted only to get signed by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots for his rookie campaign. Belichick and staff have a history of finding diamonds in the rough, perhaps Thomas is the next in that line. In Pauline’s scouting report on Thomas, he said that he “lacks the size and speed for the next level, but he could make a roster as a fifth receiver if he shows ability as a punt returner.” It seems like just the guy that Belichick would go for, doesn’t it? If he flashes his talents early in the season, make sure to snag him off waivers for your bench just in case he continues to show off.
Marquez Callaway, WR – NO
Another special team star in college was Tennessee’s Marquez Callaway, who was All-SEC as a punt returner. This kind of skill could bode well for his playing time now that he’s been signed by the New Orleans Saints. Sean Payton loves guys that can be used multiple ways, and Callaway definitely fits that bill. If he can put up some solid numbers on special teams and learn the playbook quickly enough, he could see the field on offense with Drew Brees, which would definitely elevate his stock quickly. He is definitely one to watch as the season starts.
Quartney Davis, WR – MIN
Texas A&M’s Quartney Davis is another guy with loads of talent as a returner looking for a team to take a chance on him. Luckily enough, Davis was signed by the Minnesota Vikings after going undrafted, a team in need of WR help with the loss of Stefon Diggs. Pauline called Davis “a natural receiver with solid pass-catching skills who only needs to improve his route-running technique. He offers possibilities as a fourth receiver at the next level and could also be used as a punt returner.” Another versatile weapon that could become a depth WR option for needier teams, and someone else to follow as the season unfolds.
That’s my list for UDFA WR/TE dynasty targets for 2020. Which undrafted players are you paying attention to that no one else in your league knows about?
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