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According to the Data: Building the Ideal Fantasy Wide Receiver

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, DallasCowboys.com, and NBC.

Building the Ideal Fantasy Wide Receiver

Aaron Rodgers. Ray Rice. Rob Gronkowski. For various reasons, those three players might come as close as any to matching the "ideal" fantasy options at their respective positions. I've spent some time analyzing which traits best predict NFL success at the skill positions. Some of those results were surprising, such as the fact that a running back's 40-yard dash time is far and away the most important number we can use to assess his long-term prospects at the position.

Today, I'll turn my attention to wide receivers. Not surprisingly, you'll see a lot of the information mentioned here resemble the stats I provided you on the ideal tight end.

Size Over Speed

Speed obviously matters for every position, but many owners seem to value long speed for wide receivers way more than they do for running backs. They shouldn't. Fro

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