2. Geronimo Allison, WR, Packers
An increasing number of NFL GMs may soon be wondering how in the world did 31 teams passed up on the chance to add Allison to their rosters when the then-rookie wideout was temporarily placed on Green Bay’s practice squad before the start of the 2016 regular season?
The 6-foot-3 long-strider didn’t waste any time in proving he could beat defenders on vertical routes in the preseason, only to re-emerge later in the year as a big-play threat.
In weeks 16 and 17, Allison made the most of his extra reps with Randall Cobb sitting out the last two games by putting up a combined 157 yards on 8 grabs, which included a 10-yard touchdown that helped Green Bay win the division against the rival Lions.
The undrafted free agent thoroughly outperformed fellow rookie and 2016 fifth-round pick Trevor Davis and is currently next in line to see major reps in the event of a Cobb injury.
The savvy Allison features sure hands, the physicality to make contested catches at any part of the field along with flashing the instincts to run to the right spots in his routes.
The fact that the Tampa native averaged 16.8 yards per reception is further reason to believe in his ability to stretch the field.
Fantasy owners in deep leagues should always look to reserve extra room at the end of their rosters for this type of high-upside receiver rather than invest in a “safe” veteran slot man that will provide 50-60 yards on his best day and very little scoring potential.