This article is part of our Best Ball Journal series.
The theme of recent best ball developments for me is quite clear: wide receiver injuries. Rishard Matthews' return suddenly seems more far than near, Josh Doctson has a shoulder injury, Jordan Matthews just got cut, and now a handful of my rosters have as much as one third of their wide receiver personnel on the shelf.
Am I doomed? Probably. Will the receivers I pivot to from this point suffer from the same curse as the previously mentioned casualties? Almost certainly. But me must trudge ahead. Here are some of the wide receivers I'm going to target going forward. All ADPs cited are referencing MFL10s since July 1.
Tyler Lockett, SEA (148.2 ADP)
It's unfortunate timing that Doug Baldwin's knee injury will likely send Lockett's ADP upward just as I needed to turn to him as a fallback option, but there's a good chance he'll be worth it even at his increased price. With a still unspecified diagnosis and a seemingly fluctuating prognosis, Baldwin's murky status for Week 1 figures to raise Lockett from the 12th-13th round as high as the 9th or 10th in a lot of leagues.
Lockett's compound leg fracture from the end of the 2016 season may permanently rob him of some of his burst and speed, but even if he's some reduced version of himself, Lockett should easily provide value at his ADP up to this point. Even last year he averaged a respectable 7.8 yards per target, and he should be