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What You Need to Know:
-Agholor quietly enjoyed a bounce-back year with the Raiders in 2021 (48-896-8 in 16 games). The yardage set a career high; the TDs tied a career high.
-With an average depth of target near the top of the league (15.74), he filled a downfield role for Derek Carr.
-A primary slot target with the Eagles, Agholor did most of his damage out wide (66.3% snap share) with Vegas.
-In New England, he joins a revamped pass catching corps that includes Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne. Julian Edelman announced his retirement over the spring.
-Counting WRs only, the Pats lost 118 targets to retirement/free agency this offseason.
-We expect Agholor to lead this WR unit in targets (88) and snaps. But this low-volume pass game will likely flow heavily through the TEs, limiting the upside.
-Plus, the Pats passed on only 46.7% of their plays last season.
-Cam Newton will battle rookie Mac Jones for the starting job, and we expect Newton to win out in the short term. An eventual move to Jones only further complicates Agholor’s fantasy value.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
Last year, Agholor ranked as the WR33 in PPR leagues. He sat WR45 in PPG.
Not bad considering his prior career arc. Normally we’d be out on a paying for a career year — especially for an inconsistent player like Agholor. But he’s going at the very end of most drafts; undrafted in some. He’s in play as a best ball option.