We have entered the disrespected old guy section of the article, and no receiver fits that description better than Anquan Boldin.
Despite seeing 259 targets total his first two years in San Francisco and finishing as a WR2 both years in PPR, Boldin’s ADP languishes in the 40s because of concerns about his age and upside, but mostly because fantasy players are quick to discard old reliable options for the new shiny toys which come out of the draft every year.
Try as I might, I cannot fix the overvaluing of young talent, but I can discuss Boldin’s age and upside concerns.
Boldin will be 34 when the season begins. Since 2000, there have been 107 instances of a wide receiver 34 or older playing at least one game in a season. 27 of those seasons (25 percent) have resulted in at least 120 targets and 40 (37 percent) have resulted in 100 targets or more. There have been 2,403 instances of a wide receiver in their 20s playing at least one game in a season since 2000.
Just nine percent of those players reached 120 targets, and only 16 percent reached 100 targets. Of the 232 wide receivers who played in at least one game last year, just 22 had more than 120 targets and 41 hit the 100-target mark. The higher percentage of big-target seasons for the older players is not that surprising.
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