Top Rookie Wide Receivers

Last year was an exceptional year for the wide receiver rookie class.  This year shows promise, but injuries are hitting early.  Depth will still provide another good rookie class.

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Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders

Cooper is showing his amazing footwork in camp.  Michael Crabtree has reportedly looked great also.  Having another receiver on the field with him only makes it harder to cover him.  I expect big things from Cooper as a rookie.

I’ve seen him getting drafted near players like Keenen Allen.  He’ll be better than Allen, a lot better.  7-9 Touchdowns and over a thousand yards should be a reality.  This offense is still young.  Cooper should be a star for years to come.  A good number 2 receiver this season.

Nelson Agholor

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Sam Bradford has been talking up Nelson Agholor in camp.  He’s very impressed with the Rookies speed and route running.  If the Eagles can have a stable quarterback situation then Agholor will have a good year. If Bradford is talking him up, they may be building chemistry heading into the season.  A lot of production left with Jeremy Maclin and Agholor could replace much of it.

Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers

Funchess looks good in camp so far.  Benjamin, Olsen and Funchess could be a red zone nightmare.  Cam Newton should have another productive and Big target to throw to. Devin Funchess could be a good third receiver or flex option this year on a constant basis.

Dorial Green Beckham  –  Tennessee Titans

Dorial Green-beckham has a chance for a lot of targets.  Other than Kendall Wright there’s no sure thing.  Hunter may face discipline and other than that there’s not much to be over-excited about.

As long as rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota (Or Marioto according to that bozo Roger Goodell) doesn’t completely implode Green-Beckham will be in position to succeed.  Especially in the red zone.  Third receiver bye week fill-in type of player.  There’s a chance with his size and ability he grows into a very good receiver.

Jaelen Strong – Houston Texans

The biggest issue is at quarterback for Houston.  Hoyer and Mallet are both battling for the starting spot.  I expect we will see them both at some point this year.

Missing Arian Foster can only help Strong get more chances.  Foster was an important part of the passing game.  All eyes will be on DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts is average. Nate Washington will get reps also. I think Strong makes an impact this year and should be owned.  Strong will have to work hard in the pre-season to earn it.  He’s behind Washington and Shorts early in camp. His size could make him a nice red zone commodity.

Phillip Dorsett

Phillip-DorsettDorsett may be a better daily league fantasy option week to week.  The Cotls are pretty loaded with Andre Johnson, Hilton, Moncrief and Allen and Fleener at tight end.  All this means less targets and inconsitant games. But Dorsett could have some real big weeks in the Colts offense.

Dorsett could be big on your roster as bye week fill-in.  If injuries happen to the Colts and Dorsett get more targets, he could be a mainstay for your starting lineup.

Breshad Perriman

Perriman was a first round pick that looks like he should be on the field immediately with Torrey Smith gone to the 49ers.  Perriman hasn’t been on the field since injuring his knee the first day of camp.

Reports from camp say he’s keeping up off the field with his film study.  Getting on the grass and developing chemistry with Flacco is a whole different thing.  Keep an eye on Perriman’s injury.  The quicker he comes back the better.  May be more of a matchup bye week fill-in this year.

Kevin White  –  Chicago Bears

Kevin White is big, fast and tough to cover.  He’d be much higher if he wasn’t hurt.  Shin splints have kept him off the field and missing valuable practice time as a rookie.  It seems like he could even miss regular season games.  But that’d be an extreme case.

White has to be drafted though. You can get him late.  Hopefully you can be patient with him.  Or find someone who isn’t and trade for him cheap.

Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins

Devante Parker’s foot has kept him out of camp.  It may keep him out the entire preseason.  never a good thing for a rookie.  But when he comes back, if he’s healed and knows the offense, ‘ the limit.  There’s not much competition in front of him.  So Parker should be drafted.  He’d be much higher on this list if Parker’s foot injury wasn’t an issue.

Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks

It’s been nothing but great reviews for Tyler Lockett so far.  He’s impressed coaches and teammates on and off the field with his pro work ethic.  Lockett looks like he’ll get plenty of chances early for the NFC champs.  He also has special teams return skills which ups his opportunity to score points.

Kenny Bell – Tampa Bay

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The Tampa Offense is young and looks loaded.  Winston has looked good.  Mike Evans is a budding star and there’s high hopes for second year tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.  The other guy you’ve most likely never heard of is Kenny Bell.  The former Cornhusker looks good in camp and could be a PPR steal this season late in drafts.

Bell and Winston are camp roommates, that can only help their chemistry.  Draft Bell late, he has a ton of speed and can go up and get it.  Vincent Jackson is 32 and Bell will be the future.

Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers

Word out of Packers camp is Montgomery is opening some eyes with his play.   The only thing that kills his value is the company around him.  He’s only injury away from being a ownable player.  We all know that means potential stardom in Green bay.  Keep a watch out.

Sammie Coates – Pittsburgh Steelers

Coates is extremely athletic.  He has a Vernon Davis type physique.  He shows big play ability.  But drops on routine catches are a concern.  With Brown, Bell and Bryant all getting their share of the looks, Coates’s chances could be limited.

Chris Conley – Kansas City Chiefs

Conley was a combine star.  His numbers at Georgia were solid.  The Chiefs offense has run through Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce the last couple seasons.  With addition of Jeremy Maclin, Conley’s share will be down.  A Nagging knee injury has made his training camp inconsistent.  He’s got good size and could be targeted in the red zone.  Not someone you’ll draft

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