The main question for fantasy owners on draft day tends to be which running backs and quarterbacks to draft. Wide receivers, especially backups, are something of an afterthought and picking them is often seen as a crapshoot. This shouldn't be the case, as the performance of the backup wideouts can easily make or break a team.
If you are playing in a league that starts three wide receivers, you will have 39 starting slots in a season (13 games X three starters). Your No. 1 wide receiver will probably start in 12 of those games, but that leaves 27 starting spots open for your other five wideouts. Your No. 2 wide receiver will likely start in 9 to 12 games, leaving 15 to 18 starts for your other four receivers. This means the bottom four receivers will probably have nearly 50 percent more starts as a group than your No.1 receiver.
So how does a coach go about obtaining quality pass catchers on draft day? My approach is to examine matchups, as offensive coordinators will usually aim their passing attacks at the opposition's weakest cornerback. This means the matchup is often more important to the fantasy performance of a receiver than his skill level.