By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on August 25, 2014
With NFL offenses becoming more pass-happy every year, the wide receiver position keeps getting deeper. You don't need to spend a lot of early picks to have a quality group of wideouts this year. Here are five of 2014's best wide receiver sleepers.
Bowe has burned GMs for two years in a row now. It's understandable to be afraid of him, but he's projected to go after round 10, making him a steal. Bowe's chemistry with Alex Smith really picked up as 2013 went along. He never had double-digit targets in the first half of the season, but had games with 10, 12, 13 and 14 in the second half. Furthermore, his guaranteed money is low after this season, creating more motivation.
Wallace should get a mulligan for his 930-yard, five-TD season with the Miami Dolphins in 2013. The offensive line was a disaster, and they didn't (or maybe couldn't) utilize Wallace's abilities properly. The line has been patched up very nicely, and Joe Philbin plans on using his playmakers to the fullest this season.
If your draft is in the double-digit rounds, and you want a wideout who can bring you double-digit TDs, Hunter is your best bet. The 6-foot-4 speedster has incredible hops, and the Tennessee Titans plan on using them. His 2013 rookie season had some growing pains, but four of his 18 grabs were for TDs. Hunter has looked great in the preseason, showcasing his growth.
Handcuffs aren't often used for wide receivers, but if anyone needs one, it's Jeremy Maclin. He's one of the most likely players in the NFL to miss time to injury this season, but even if he doesn't, Matthews will still have solid value with plenty of upside. The rookie showed his potential against the New England Patriots, catching nine of nine targets for 104 yards. The best part about him is that he's often available at the end of drafts.
Cooks is the best fantasy option of an incredibly talented crop of rookie wide receivers. His playmaking ability is ready for the NFL, and he landed in one of the league's best offenses. With Darren Sproles out of town, Cooks should get plenty of opportunities to prove what he can do. The New Orleans Saints traded up to get him, and the coaching staff has been very impressed with what they've seen since.
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