By Billy Moy @william_moy6 on August 31, 2014
Here are the top five wide receiver sleepers as we head into the NFL regular season.
Stills had an extremely impressive rookie campaign as Drew Brees' deep threat. He caught just 32 balls but he made the most of them, tallying 641 yards to go with five touchdowns. It never hurts to take a late-round flier on a guy who plays in an offense as productive as the Saints, and you can snag Stills in the 17th round. He has significantly more upside than Jerricho Cotchery, James Jones and about a dozen other guys going ahead of him.
Hopkins was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing 2013 season in Houston. As a rookie he pulled down 52 catches and racked up 802 yards to go with two touchdowns. Hopkins stands out when you watch the film, and if he didn't have to play with incompetent quarterbacks all season he would have had a chance to eclipse 1,000 yards. I love Hopkins' talent, especially five rounds later than Mike Wallace or Golden Tate.
Benjamin has looked great this preseason, and it looks like he's going to come in and immediately be Cam Newton's go-to-guy. Standing at 6-foot-5, the rookie from Florida State should create plenty of mismatches and be plenty valuable in the red zone. Benjamin is currently the 43rd receiver being drafted, but I think he needs to be at least in the top-40. I like him over Rueben Randle, Dwayne Bowe, Riley Cooper and Golden Tate.
Evans is going to be a matchup nightmare all season long. At 6-foot-5 he's going to tower over pretty much every DB tasked to cover him this season, and he's so athletic that he should win virtually every single one-on-one jump ball thrown his way. He's Jimmy Graham as an outside receiver. Evans is currently the 40th receiver off draft boards, but I have him in the low 30s, ahead of Golden Tate, Kendall Wright, Eric Decker and Riley Cooper.
White was banged up for pretty much all of last year, leading to the worst statistical season of his career. He regained his health towards the end of 2013, though, and with it he also regained his dominance with 61 fantasy points over his last five weeks. White's currently the 17th WR being drafted, but I'd bump him up at least five spots. Take him over Victor Cruz, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Pierre Garcon and Vincent Jackson.
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