We’re in the golden age of passing.
In Matt’s RB Strategy Guide, we learned there’s a rise in 30+ catch RBs.
In Jared’s QB Strategy Guide, we saw that QBs are dropping in ADP. Why? A jump in volume has helped boost the middle and bottom tiers.
Now consider this: From 2016-2018, the average number of league-wide pass attempts stood at 17,822 (557 per team).
Now consider the data from only 10 years ago: Between 2006-2008, league-wide attempts was 16,650 (520 per team).
Subtract the two, and we’re looking at a raw difference of 1,172 attempts — nearly 37 per team. That’s a full game right there.
As another comparison, note that we’ve seen thirty-three 4,000-yard passers over the last 3 seasons. But between 2006-2008? Only 18.
Of course, pass attempts aren’t distributed evenly. But you get the picture here: Increased passing equals more opportunities for WR production. WR depth is why we’re not against starting with 3 RBs in the first 3 rounds — or 2 RBs and 1 TE.
We’ll get to the late-round WRs in a bit, but let’s start with the top tier.