By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on July 18, 2014
Outside of waiting for NFL training camps to begin, there's only one thing left to do before the start of the 2014 NFL season: scrutinize every player who could possibly have fantasy football implications this year. Fantasy football season generally begins with rankings, but it's usually the players towards the bottom of the list who prove to be the most valuable. Here now are five wide receiver sleepers to keep an eye on.
Markus Wheaton had one of the most disappointing seasons for any rookie last year. Appearing in just five games, the former third-round pick only had six receptions for 64 yards, but expect a major breakthrough this season. With both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery gone this season, the Steelers will have to find new No. 2 and No. 3 receivers, giving Wheaton the perfect opportunity to excel opposite Antonio Brown.
Aaron Dobson ended his rookie season with just 37 receptions for 519 yards and four touchdowns, but he showed some big-play ability that could lead to a very nice 2014 season. In Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers last year, Dobson put up 130 yards and two scores. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Dobson is a big target, which is otherwise missing for the Patriots. His 4.4-speed, big frame and good hands will make Dobson a sleeper.
Though he only caught 18 passes during his rookie campaign, Hunter flashed big-play ability in spots, especially with 16 and 17-point games in Weeks 12 and 14, respectively. During those contests, he was targeted six and eight times, respectively. With Ken Whisenhunt now in Tennessee, the Titans will try to stretch the field vertically, with Hunter being a big target to throw to.
As rookies last year, Robert Woods and EJ Manuel seemed to develop some chemistry with each other before injuries hit both at various times during the course of the season. The former second-round pick should open the season opposite rookie Sammy Watkins and will probably kick inside to the slot in some three wide receiver looks. Woods runs NFL routes, has good hands and with teams trying to stop Watkins, Woods could be very productive in 2014.
Terrance Williams will join the starting lineup in 2014, after a solid rookie season that saw him grab 44 balls for 736 yards and five TDs. Williams got some valuable starting experience last season in place of the oft-injured Miles Austin, and the Cowboys saw enough potential in him to release Austin this offseason. With teams focused on Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in the passing game, Williams will see plenty of single coverage.
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