9. Kendall Wright (CHI)
Kendall Wright was a solid fantasy wide receiver in Tennessee with some questionable quarterbacks, and he is in the same spot again in Chicago. The Chicago Bears are starting rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and aren’t expected to contend this season, but just like Robby Anderson, that can equal late-round fantasy gold with Kendall Wright.
Much like the Jets, the Bears also received news this preseason that their top wide receiver Cameron Meredith is out for the season due to injury. This leaves Chicago really hurting for receivers that can make plays. Wright has proven he can do that when given the opportunity.
Wright was pushed out of Tennessee because they were looking forward to the future, not because of a talent issue. Last year in a limited role, Wright caught 29 passes for over 400 yards on a run-heavy offense.
Given a normal workload for a top-two receiver this season in Chicago, Wright could easily catch 50 passes and score five to eight touchdowns. Right now he is listed as the 64th-best wide receiver in fantasy football around players who are unreliable in fantasy, like J.J. Nelson and Kenny Stills.
Sleeper picks need to be getting reliable playing time and be consistent and, throughout his career, Wright has been both. Playing as a short route receiver to help Trubisky develop will lead to steady numbers for your fantasy football team.