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“James Addiction” 2017 Fantasy Football – Rookie Receivers

This year’s rookie receiver class has fewer big names than the class of a year ago.  But it will most likely out perform its predecessor. As most of you have heard or read by now there is one receiver among this years rookie class who stands out above the rest, and this is due to both skill and the landing spot. However, there are 7 to 10 receivers who have a chance to be fantasy contributors at some point during the upcoming season. Here are my top 5 rookie receivers followed by some honorable mentions.

  1. Corey Davis (Tennessee Titans) – Davis was the first receiver taken in the draft despite not being able to participate in the drills at the combine or work out for teams, due to an ankle injury that is also preventing him from being a full participant in OTA’s. Davis should be ready by the time training camp opens though, and has the potential to start the season as the Titans #1 receiver. As the Titans #1 receiver in this up and coming offense he immediately has more value than all of his rookie counterparts at the receiver position. Davis brings size (6’2″), speed (4.5 forty range) and technique to the position for the Titans and should excel early and often for the team.
  2. Zay Jones (Buffalo Bills) – Buffalo moved up in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft to draft Jones, a player coming off of a huge season at East Carolina. He has good size at 6’2″ and speed with a 4.45 forty, and not a lot standing in his way from claiming the #2 receiver role for Buffalo. Buffalo’s #1 receiver is Sammy Watkins who has missed a ton of games over the last three years, so if Watkins were to get injured again then Jones may find himself in an even more prominent role. Buffalo hasn’t been one of the better passing teams over the last couple of years. But they do have a new coaching staff, and new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison coached under Gary Kubiak in Denver the last two years, and definitely had Fantasy relevant receivers in Thomas and Sanders. Jones should see plenty of targets this year in Buffalo making the #2 receiver an option in games even when Sammy Watkins is not hurt.
  3. Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers) – Willams is another in the line of good receivers coming out of Clemson over the last several years. On tape he wasn’t always able to separate from defenders, but he still always seemed to win his matchup when the ball was thrown his direction, even against Alabama in the National Championship game. In San Diego he finds himself among a receiver group that includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman. Williams is currently nursing a back injury, and will likely start the season backing up Allen and Tyrell Williams, but should be able to carve out a role for himself. The Chargers receivers have been one of the most often injured groups in the league, so Mike Williams may even see more playing time than initially expected as the season moves along.

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  4. Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers) – With Ted Ginn now in New Orleans, Curtis Samuel steps in to play the Ted Ginn role with the Panthers. Samuel’s 4.31 forty speed and experience running the ball at Ohio State, along with receiving, make him one of the Panthers’ most dynamic players on offense along with fellow rookie Christian McCaffrey. Carolina should easily find ways to use Samuel and with his speed and running ability he is a threat to break long plays on every catch or run.
  5. John Ross (Cincinnati Bengals) – Speaking of speed, Cincinnati Bengals new receiver John Ross has plenty, after setting the NFL Combine forty record at 4.22 seconds. I don’t believe Ross will be an every down player this season, but he will be on the field plenty to try to open up things for A. J. Green and Tyler Boyd. On any reception, with 4.22 speed, Ross is a threat for a touchdown. There are some questions about his health and shoulder issues coming out of college.  But if he is able to stay healthy Ross should be in for an exciting rookie year.

Honorable Mentions

JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers) – Steelers are talking early about 4 wr sets. JuJu could be on the outside on plays where Antonio Brown works out of the slot. Solid hands and solid college career.

Josh Reynolds (Rams) – Rams have a thin depth chart and Robert Woods at the #1 wr spot. Plenty of opportunity for this high upside wr.

Kenny Golladay (Lions) – If Marvin Jones continues to disappear in games, this big and fast receiver could see plenty of looks.

Chad Williams (Cardinals) – J.J. Nelson has speed, but also hands of stone. It won’t be long before Chad Williams moves up this depth chart.

My top 5 receivers are the only ones likely to be drafted in re-draft leagues, but all of these receivers may get a chance at some point this season. Good luck with the waiver wire and happy drafting!

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