Fantasy Football: 5 Potential Rookie Wide Receiver Stars in 2014
Wide Receiver Stars
While you don't want to rely on a rookie to win you a fantasy football championship, you also, however, shouldn't be the guy or girl at your draft who has no clue about these potential first-year studs.
The wide receiver position in fantasy is deep compared to running backs, but that doesn't give you permission to take rookie wide receivers off of your radar in your draft. A rookie receiver may not put up the numbers that Eddie Lacy or Giovani Bernard did this past season, but that doesn't make a pass-catcher any less valuable.
The loss of Julio Jones was devastating for most owners, but some fantasy players were able to compensate for this by picking Keenan Allen off of the waiver wire. Allen had a strong rookie season with 1,046 receiving yards, five games with 100 or more receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Allen finished as a top-20 wide receiver in standard-scoring leagues this past season, and the rookie outscored Torrey Smith, Wes Welker and Mike Wallace.
Rookie wide receivers becoming impacts in fantasy football can be rare, but the last few seasons have featured some strong performances from young receivers. A.J. Green racked up 1,057 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his first year in the NFL, and T.Y. Hilton also had seven touchdowns in his first season.
Besides being a well-rounded player, wide receivers will need to possess certain abilities that will make them successful in their first year. If the receiver is strong at route-running, jump-balls, physicality, speed or acceleration, then it is much more likely that the quarterback will target his new teammate.
Most of the receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft should have the benefit of being selected by a team that has an established quarterback, which will greatly improve their fantasy value. Some of these players will not even crack the top 20 for scoring leaders this year, but the past few seasons have shown that rookie wide receivers can become fantasy playmakers.
Without further ado, here are five potential fantasy football rookie wide receiver stars in 2014.
At 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, Jordan Matthews has the strength and size to have an impressive rookie season. Between 2011 to 2013, Matthews recorded 3,578 receptions and 20 touchdowns. With potential interest from the Baltimore Ravens, this wideout has the chance for a great 2014 season.
While defenses that Davante Adams faced may have been suspect, Adams, however, is still an elite talent. With big hands and jump-ball skills, Adams could quickly become a top target for any quarterback. Between 2012 to 2013, the 6-foot-1 receiver scored 38 touchdowns.
Between 2012 to 2013, Allen Robinson scored 17 touchdowns and had 2,450 receiving yards. While he may not have elite speed, Robinson has the quickness and strength to turn short passes into big plays. His 6-foot-3 frame will allow him to be a huge target in the red zone.
Mike Evans was one of the primary benefactors of Johnny Manziel. Between 2012 and 2013, Evans recorded 2,499 receiving yards and caught 17 touchdowns. With the ability to create separation and big hands, the 6-foot-4 wideout has a chance to be a top-20 wide receiver in 2014.
With elite speed and a threat to score anytime he touches the ball, Sammy Watkins has the best chance to be the highest-scoring rookie wide receiver in fantasy football. With 27 touchdowns and 3,391 receiving yards in three seasons, Watkins will become an immediate threat as soon as he takes the field.
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