Antonio Callaway could have been a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft if it weren’t issues off of the field..
But is talent alone enough of a reason to draft Callaway?
The answer depends on your league and your expectations.
So let’s jump right in…
Drafting Antonio Callaway in MFL10s
If you’re doing 10 or more MFL10 drafts, I would add Callaway in at least one just to have exposure to his potential upside.
In 2016 with the Florida Gators, he posted a 54-721-3 stat line.
At the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, he ran 4.41-second 40-yard dash, and in his first preseason game he caught three passes for 87 yards.
He also scored a touchdown.
The upside is there, and he could have a handful of big games.
Drafting Antonio Callaway in Standard Leagues
For standard leagues, I wouldn’t add Callaway.
He won’t be consistent enough to start on a weekly basis. He may only record two or three catches a game, so the majority of his value is tied to how many touchdowns he can score.
And even if he does catch four or five passes in a game, that does nothing for you in a standard league.
Drafting Antonio Callaway in a Keeper League
If you can keep multiple players and are trying to get crafty by adding Callaway later in your draft, I would still look elsewhere.
At receiver, you can draft Anthony Miller in Round 12, Kenny Golladay in Round 13, and Chris Godwin in Round 14.
Miller has a chance to make his mark in year one with the Chicago Bears, and his price is going to go up next year.
I envision Golden Tate being faded out of the offense this year and Golladay taking his place. That means you could use a 13th-round pick in 2019 to keep a receiver who may record a 1,000-yard season this year.
Godwin quietly posted a 34-525-1 stat line last season and he was the fifth-highest scoring receiver in PPR leagues in Weeks 16-17.
As of right now, those are all players I would rather keep than Callaway.
Bottom Line on Antonio Callaway
With Josh Gordon coming back and Dez Bryant potentially opened to being signed by Cleveland, Callaway will have to fight for targets. Also, Callaway’s upside is limited with Tyrod Taylor as his quarterback.
From 2015 to 2017 in Buffalo, Taylor only averaged 201 passing yards per game. He also only averaged 17 touchdown passes per season during that time.
He’s an efficient quarterback, but he’s not going to take a lot of chances through the air.
The limited passes Taylor will attempt will go to either Josh Gordon or Jarvis Landry.
Now, I do like Callaway more if Baker Mayfield was the starter. That may happen at some point during the 2018 Fantasy Football season, but in Week 1, Taylor is going to be the quarterback.
Unless you’re competing in 10 or more MFL10s, it doesn’t make sense to draft Callaway this year.