2018 WIDE RECEIVERS - Rookies and Redshirts

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Rookie and 2nd year Wide Receivers to target for your NFL Fantasy Team

Round 1, Pick 24, 24th overall (Carolina Panthers): D.J. Moore, WR, University of Maryland
36 games played
RECEIVING: 146 receptions, 2027 yards, 13.9 yards per catch, 17TD
RUSHING: 17 attempts, 125 yards, 7.4 yards per carry, 1TD

The Carolina Panthers haven't had a dominant wideout since Steve Smith Sr.  While Kelvin Benjamin had a couple of good years, his career has been marred by injuries and inconsistency, making tight end Greg Olsen the only reliable pass catcher the Panthers have had recently.  They're hoping to change that by drafting 6'0", 210lb D.J. Moore.  The former Terp could be the classic possession receiver.  He has good hands and racks up yards after the catch.  He's well built, elusive after the catch, and easily sheds tackles by single defenders.  However, he'll need to work on his route running to take his game to the next level.  He could have trouble coming in and out of his breaks, meaning intermediate routes and more complex routes could be a problem.  He'll be a good addition to any receiving corps, but he could be a superstar if he can improve his footwork before the catch.  Funchess is still a work in progress, Torrey Smith's numbers have steadily declined over the past 4 seasons, and Olsen has been hampered with injuries.  If Moore can prove himself during training camp, he has a decent chance of becoming Cam's favorite target.  Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues should target Moore after the 9th round.  This receiving corps is simply too crowded at the moment.

Round 1, Pick 26, 26th overall (Atlanta Falcons): Calvin Ridley, WR, University of Alabama
44 games played
RECEIVING: 224 receptions, 2781 yards, 12.4 yards per catch, 19TD
RUSHING: 8 attempts, 40 yards, 5.0 yards per carry, 1TD.

The Falcons had one of the more complete offenses in the league.  Then they added Calvin Ridley, who is arguably the top receiver in this year's draft.  He runs a full route tree and can he be an inside or outside threat.  His tape says there's nothing he can't do.  He can adjust to the ball and high-point, or he can catch it in stride, in traffic.  Either way, this kid will catch the ball.  Officially listed as 6'0", 189lbs, there have been some concerns about his size and strength.  However, Antonio Brown is 5'10", 181lbs, and Stefon Diggs is 6'0", 191lbs.  Both are considered among the best in the league, proving size doesn't necessarily matter.  Ridley has shown mental toughness, focus, and should excel at the next level.  He'll battle Mohamed Sanu for a chance to start opposite Julio Jones, and could be a real difference maker if Jones or Sanu go down.  Ridley is a Julio Jones handcuff of sorts, but should be taken as early as round 4 in 14+ team leagues.

Round 2, Pick 8, 40th overall (Denver Broncos): Courtland Sutton, WR, Southern Methodist University (SMU)
40 games played
RECEIVING: 195 receptions, 3220 yards, 16.5 yards per catch, 31TD
RUSHING: 1 attempts, 2 yards, 2.0 yards per carry, 1TD.

At 6'3", 218lbs, Sutton is the big-bodied, big play threat that most NFL teams need, especially at the next level.  He's aggressive, physical, and imposing, and he has a big frame that can dominate opposing defensive backs.  More than just an outside threat, he can catch it in traffic and should be able to shred zone coverages.  Unfortunately, the quality of an opponent can expose the true quality of a player.  Sutton struggled at times against quality corners.  He also lacked breakaway speed, as noted by many scouts and analysts and struggles to gain yards after catch.  Sutton will be a good role player and could develop into something special in time.  The building blocks are there, but he'll need to work to succeed at the next level.  Moreover, he'll be third behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, his quarterback isn't the best, and his offensive line may not buy enough time for Sutton's route to develop.  As physical and imposing as Sutton is, he's just a late round flier in only the deepest leagues.  

Round 2, pick 12, 44th overall (San Francisco 49ers): Dante Pettis, WR, University of Washington (Huskies)
52 games played
RECEIVING: 163 receptions, 2256 yards, 13.8 yards per catch, 24TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, 42 yards, 10.5 yards per carry, 0TD

Pettis is a 6'1", 186lb athlete.  He's not just any athlete.  He's an all-conference 3 sport athlete.  He's a speedy receiver with experience running track and it shows.  He's also an electric returner who can make an immediate impact on special teams.  He runs all of the routes and is a threat at any level.  His long strides help him easily get behind secondaries and win foot races.  He also tracks deep passes well, adjusts to them, and reels them in using his hands.  He'll be a welcome addition to a receiving corps that lacks any kind of depth beyond Marquise Goodwin, and that's giving Goodwin a lot of credit.  Head Coach Kyle Shanahan knows he needs to give Jimmy G a couple of weapons.  Pettis should step in and be an immediate starter.  Although Shanahan is a renowned quarterback whisperer and offensive guru, Pettis' role is still to be determined.  Draft Pettis as high as the 6th round in 14 team leagues.  

Round 2, Pick 15, 47th overall (Arizona Cardinals): Christian Kirk, WR, University of Texas A & M
39 games played
RECEIVING: 234 receptions, 2856 yards, 12.2 yards per catch, 26TD
RUSHING: 23 attempts, 120 yards, 5.0 yards per carry, 0TD

Two words commonly used to describe Kirk are stout and explosive.  He's listed at 5'10", 200lbs, so he's well-built especially for a wideout of his height.  He's already been dubbed "Odell Beckham Light," or "Baby Beckham," and is expected to be one of the best playmakers at the pro level.  The two things that have made him special are his return game and the way that the Aggies have gotten the ball to him in open space.  He returned 48 kickoffs for 1048 yards for a touchdown and averaged 21.8 yards per return in 39 games as an Aggie.  He added another 814 yards, 6 touchdowns, and averaged 22 yards on 37 punt returns.  While he's not the most prolific pass catcher, he'll make defenders miss if he's given a free release and gets to the second level with the ball in his hands.  Even if he does get jammed off the line, he can use his upper body strength to help get him out of trouble and down the field.  Fitz is old, the Cardinals have don't have any depth at wideout, and the only possible receiving options come out of the backfield.  Kirk has a real opportunity to start opposite Larry Fitzgerald.  If he can get on the same page with fellow rookie Josh Rosen during training camp, he should be taken as high as the 6th round in 12 team leagues.  

Round 2, Pick 19, 51st overall (Chicago Bears): Anthony Miller, WR, University of Memphis
38 games played
RECEIVING: 238 receptions, 3590 yards, 15.1 yards per catch, 37TD
RUSHING: 31 attempts, 148 yards, 4.8 yards per carry, 3TD

The Bears chose to invest in their offense and the 2nd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft by taking wideout Anthony Miller in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft.  The  5'11", 201lb playmaker is a welcome addition to a passing attack that finished their 2017 campaign in the bottom five in the league.  Underwhelming is an understatement.  He was compared to Antonio Brown before he even played a preseason snap.  The former Memphis Tiger is an electric athlete who runs routes well, shakes coverage, and tracks the deep ball extremely well.  Moreover, he's a proven threat inside, outside, and all over the field.  Sadly, Miller also fits in with his new team because he has an injury history.  He broke his foot (Jones Fracture) during the final game of his college career, an injury that limited his participation at the combine.  Kevin White has a lengthy injury history, Allen Robinson's recovery is up in the air, and Zach Miller may never play football again.  If Anthony Miller can stay off of the PUP list, he could be a major contributor in coach Nagy's dynamic new passing offense.  Target Anthony Miller in the middle to late rounds in leagues of 12 teams or more.  If other Bears receiving options go down, Miller's stock goes up. 

Round 2, Pick 28, 60th overall (Pittsburgh Steelers): James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State University
51 games played
RECEIVING: 226 receptions, 4472 yards, 19.8 yards per catch, 39TD
RUSHING: 9 attempts, 70 yards, 7.8 yards per carry, 1TD

The Steelers haven't had many pass catching options aside from Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, and Le'veon Bell.  They decided to add depth by drafting stout, 5'11", 213lb wideout James Washington from Oklahoma State.  He was 2017's Biletnikoff winner and it shows.  He's physical, built like a running back, has great speed, and adjusts to the ball well.  He also has massive 9 3/4-inch mitts that help him reel in tough catches.  While it might be too early to start making Antonio Brown comparisons, Washington is an inch taller and over 30lbs heavier than Brown.  The downside is he'll likely be behind Brown and Smith-Schuster on passing plays, essentially capping his upside.  However, should Brown go down, the Steelers could have a decent replacement on their hands.  Washington can be targeted in the later rounds of deep leagues, but should be left on the board in leagues with 12 teams or less.  

Round 2, Pick 29, 61st overall (Jacksonville Jaguars): D.J. Chark, WR, Louisiana State University
25 games played
RECEIVING: 66 receptions, 1351 yards, 20.5 yards per catch, 6TD
RUSHING: 25 attempts, 264 yards, 10.6 yards per carry, 4TD

If you believe in the mantras "Speed Kills," and "You can't teach height," then Chark is your wideout.  He combines his 6'3", 199lb size with a 4.34 40 yard dash, making him a dangerous receiving option who can get behind most secondaries and then go up and get it.  He tracks the ball extremely well and he's elusive in the open field.  NFL analyst Mike Mayock attended the Tigers' pro day and said mentioned how smooth Chark is and how he caught absolutely everything.  His size-speed combination makes him an exceptional add to any roster as a wideout, but he's also an electric returner and will contribute on special teams.  Sure, he may be viewed as a go route specialist who can catch the deep ball, burn most secondaries, and little else, but his talent is just too good to pass up.  Hurns and Robinson are no longer on the Jaguars' roster, so they needed depth and drafted Chark.  Marquise Lee and Dede Westbrook are presumably locked as starters, but Chark could get on the field and be a bigger Will Fuller.  Defenses will stack the box and try to stop Fournette first, so Chark could have plenty of room to work.  If he and Blake Bottles can connect, he'll be an explosive addition to any fantasy roster.  He could go as early as round 6 in deep leagues with 14 teams or more.  

Round 3, Pick 17, 81st overall (Dallas Cowboys): Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State University
26 games played
RECEIVING: 176 receptions, 2690 yards, 15.3 yards per catch, 21TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, 15 yards, 3.8 yards per carry, 0TD

At 6'1" 205lbs, Gallup is a solid add to a roster that needs depth.  Williams and Beasley are probably no better than WR2's on any other team, and Hurns hasn't played more than 11 games since 2015.  Moreover, the 'Boys won't have Witten to lean on anymore.  The opportunity to become Dak's new favorite target is wide open, and Gallup finds himself in the running.  He's a natural athlete who will explode off the line, then stop on a dime to uncover.  He'll also go up and get jump balls and fades, which means he could see plenty of redzone targets.  Head Coach Jason Garrett could easily set up play action if defenses stack the box to stop the run first.  Moreover, teams could view Hurns as more of a threat.  If the field is spread thin and Gallup is left alone with insufficient coverage, he could have the ball thrown his way.  The catch is Gallup needs to sell his routes even if he knows he's not getting the ball.  He also needs to show more effort in run blocking, which is Dallas' bread and butter at the moment.  If he can't be a team contributor, he won't get playing time.  In the meantime, keep an eye on training camp and see if chemistry develops between him and his QB.  He's a mid-round pick in deep leagues only, depending on the injuries during training camp.  

Round 3 Pick 27, 91st overall (New Orleans Saints): Tre'quan Smith, WR, University of Central Florida
26 games played
RECEIVING: 176 receptions, 2690 yards, 15.3 yards per catch, 21TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, 15 yards, 3.8 yards per carry, 0TD

One would think that future Hall of Famer Drew Brees already has enough weapons, but the Saints just keep adding to their roster.  Tre'quan Smith can be a dominant outside threat at 6'3" 203lbs, and will likely line up opposite Michael Thomas, but he'll need to battle veterans Cam Meredith and Michael Floyd for the position.  Initial scouting reports say Smith has unusually long arms and he blocks for the run game.  He also has great ball skill and high-points catches.  His ability to go up and get it combined with his willingness to contribute on the ground game can get him on the field faster. Moreover, he'll be catching passes from one of the best QB's in the league in one of the most creative offenses.  The Saints have been looking for someone to take the pressure off of Thomas and Smith could be the answer.  Opposing defenses could try to stop the run first and shut down Thomas in coverage, leaving Smith alone to make plays.  Unfortunately, this situation has deteriorated into a timeshare with the signing of Michael Floyd, making Smith a late-round flier at best.  

Round 4, Pick 3, 103rd overall (Houston Texans): Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech
30 games played
RECEIVING: 159 receptions, 2424 yards, 15.2 yards per catch, 17TD
RUSHING: 8 attempts, 17 yards, 2.1 yards per carry, 1TD

The Texans' cupboard is pretty bare at wideout after Hopkins and Fuller.  They're hoping to fix that by drafting 5'10", 181lb rookie Keke Coutee.  Coutee is small, fast, elusive after the catch, and deadly in open space.  Hopkins gets most of the coverage and Fuller burns secondaries, so there should be plenty of room for the young rookie to work.  Like Fuller, Coutee uses his speed to kill, but that's his ceiling.  He'll burn any corner that gives him a free release, but he could struggle if he gets jammed at the line.  He's a speed demon on a team that already has one, but could excel if the Texans use him as a slot speed guy.  Coutee us a late round flier that should be picked up immediately if Will Fuller is injured and Watson is under center.  

Round 4, Pick 5, 105rd overall (Cleveland Browns): Antonio Callaway WR, University of Florida
26 games played
RECEIVING: 89 receptions, 1399 yards, 15.7 yards per catch, 7TD
RUSHING: 8 attempts, 51 yards, 6.4 yards per carry, 1TD

Callaway is a phenomenal size-speed combo.  He runs a 4.4 second 40 yard dash at 5'11", 200lbs, and has 9 1/2 inch hands that can snag anything in his catch radius.  He runs all the routes, catch all of the passes, and he's an electrifying special teams returner.  Once he gets in the open field, he's off to the races.  So if he's such a phenom, how come he fell to the 4th round?  Well, he's gotten in trouble and had his share of off the field issues like any other kid.  Rape charges were dropped because he admitted he was so high the night the incident occurred that he didn't even want to have sex.  Yes, a lot happened in that last sentence.  However, the Browns have experience dealing with these types of off the field issues thanks to Josh Gordon.  They'd also like to surround their young quarterback and first overall pick, Baker Mayfield, with as many weapons as they can.  Callaway's usage is TBD since they already have 2 dominant pass catching options in Gordon and Landry.  He could struggle to get playing time, so value him as a late round flier at best.
Round 4, pick 13, 113th overall (Denver Broncos): DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
51 games played
RECEIVING: 214 receptions, 2842 yards, 13.3 yards per catch, 18TD
RUSHING: 10 attempts, 22 yards, 2.2 yards per carry, 0TD

At 6'1", 203lbs, Hamilton is the second of 2 trees that the Broncos drafted in the 2018 NFL draft.  Their air attack has struggled in recent years due to quarterback play, and they're doing everything they can to help their new acquisition at the position, Case Keenum.  Denver certainly has cast a wide net to find the next weapon.  Although fellow Penn State alum Saquon Barkley got most of the headlines, Hamilton's achievements shouldn't be ignored.  Although the Broncos drafted Royce Freeman, their backfield is still a question mark so the pressure is on Keenum and the wideouts to generate offense.  As a result, Hamilton may receive more targets than usual.  Moreover, he can excel if used in the slot and he racks up the all important YAC, or yards after catch.  Unfortunately, Hamilton is 4th in the pecking order behind Thomas, Sanders, and presumably fellow rookie Courtland Sutton.  Opportunities will be limited and the Broncos pass protection is still questionable at best, which means Hamilton can be left on the wire until further notice.  

Round 4, Pick 32, 132nd overall (Baltimore Ravens): Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State University
23 games played
RECEIVING: 99 receptions, 1362 yards, 13.8 yards per catch, 14TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

You can't teach height.  At 6'5", Jaleel Scott is among the tallest of his 2018 Draft peers.  At 218lbs, he's long and lanky with decent speed.  He has good ball skills, a big catch radius, and 10 1/2 inch claws that help him reel in his targets.  His build alone makes him a viable jump ball candidate.  Unfortunately, his length doesn't help him on short or intermediate routes.  However, he's a physical wideout that can get open down field while the ball is in flight and he can go up and get it.  The Ravens have been desperate for pass catchers after Aiken, Perriman, and most recently Maclin just haven't panned out.  Lamaar Jackson is the future and Baltimore needs to give their young QB weapons.  With Crabtree, Willie Snead, and John Brown already on the roster, Scott will need to fight for his chances.  However, Flacco or Jackson at least have the luxury of tossing a jump ball for Scott to snag.  Scott will be worth tracking in training camp.  He's a flier at the moment but could end up lining up opposite Michael Crabtree, which could significantly boost his fantasy stock.

Round 4, Pick 33, 133nd overall (Green Bay Packers): J'Mon Moore, WR, University of Missouri
37 games played
RECEIVING: 158 receptions, 2477 yards, 15.7 yards per catch, 21TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

The Packers have a history of drafting wideouts and turning them into household names.  J'Mon Moore is the latest pass catcher in a long lineage that includes Sterling Sharpe (yes, Shannon Sharpe's brother) Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, and most recently Davante Adams.  There isn't much depth behind Adams, Cobb, and Allison, so the Packers took Moore in the 4th round.  At 6'3", 207lbs, Moore was a proven outside threat for Mizzou.  He's tall, physical, runs a lot of routes, and runs them all well.  He's a great size-speed combo and will give corners lots of trouble.  Given his size, ball skills, and ability to go get it, he could be a valuable red zone target, but only after Rogers looks at Adams, Graham, and probably Cobb.  With that said, Moore is a late round flier at best.  

Round 5, Pick 7, 144th overall (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Justin Watson, WR, University of Pennsylvania 
40 games played
RECEIVING: 286 receptions, 3777 yards, 13.2 yards per catch, 33TD
RUSHING: 44 attempts, 339 yards, 7.7 yards per carry, 1TD

The Buccaneers filled a glaring need at wide receiver by drafting Justin Watson in the 5th round.  They've needed someone to line up opposite Mike Evans to spread the field out a bit.  Veteran DeSean Jackson was supposed to be that guy, but he failed to live up to expectations.  Watson is a 6'3", 225lb receiving option who tracks the ball well, has good, clean breaks in his routes, knows where he is on the field, and taps both feet inbounds after he catches it away from his body.  Both Winston and Fitzpatrick will enjoy targeting this taller outside threat.  Adam Humphries is a smaller guy who works out of the slot, Chris Godwin is still an unproven asset after a slow rookie year, and DeSean Jackson was a disappointment last year.  Although the WR2 spot will presumably be occupied by Jackson, it's up for grabs at this point.  Watson was sidelined from minicamps and OTA's because of an unknown injury, but he's worth keeping an eye on now that training camp has started.  He's worth a dart throw in deep leagues if he can secure a roster spot.  

Round 5, Pick 22, 159th overall (Indianapolis Colts): Daurice Fountain, WR, University of Northern Iowa
52 games played
RECEIVING: 150 receptions, 2077 yards, 13.8 yards per catch, 23TD
RUSHING: 1 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

The Colts didn't do their quarterback any favors when it comes to re-signing receiving options.  Only 2 wideouts, T.Y. Hilton and Chester Rogers, return to the roster.  They're trying to rebuild through the draft instead by taking Daurice Fountain in the 5th round.  The 6'1", 210lb product out of the University of Northern Iowa has a real chance of making the roster given how thin the Colts are at the position.  The skills he learned as a track athlete should help him stretch the field.  Unfortunately, it looks like he could be a one-trick pony since he can't necessarily go up and get it when he needs to.  Nevertheless, he can leave defenders in his wake and he can excel at the pro level if he's used properly.  While the Colts already have a speedster in T.Y. Hilton, it'll help Luck/Brissett to have a threat opposite Hilton.  Head Coach Frank Reich has said he'll take what the defense gives them, whether it's screen, dinks and dunks, or the deep pass.  If the offensive line doesn't allow enough time for deep routes to develop, or if Luck needs to release too soon, there's a chance the ball could end up in the defense's hands on deep shots.  This makes Fountain a boom or bust prospect that can probably be left on the board until further notice

Round 5, Pick 25, 162th overall (Baltimore Ravens): Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
23 games played
RECEIVING: 113 receptions, 1901 yards, 16.8 yards per catch, 14TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, -6 yards, -1.5 yards per carry, 0TD

On the field, Lasley was one of the most explosive athletes in college football.  There's no doubt that he was a contributing factor in fellow NFL rookie Josh Rosen's success.  At 6'1", 203lbs, he has decent size, great speed, and was projected to be drafted on the 2nd day.  He uses his arms to catch the ball and usually catches it close to his body, not away from it.  Unfortunately, this is an era of social media when every action or inaction is scrutinized under a microscope, and it was Lasley's decisions off the field that caused him to drop all the way down to the 5th round.  He was suspended multiple times for multiple games throughout his college career for possessing alcohol and a fake ID during his time at UCLA.  If he wants to contribute to his team's success on the field, he needs to be able to get on the field as well.  The best ability of any athlete is availability.  It's one thing if a player can't get on the field if he's hurt.  Football is a physical sport and injuries can't be controlled.  It's another thing when a player actively decides to do something wrong and is held off of the field because of it.  Lasley is no more than a deep league flier because of the decisions he made, and because he'll need to knock so many other players off of the depth chart before he has a real chance at making a fantasy impact.  Leave him on the wire.

Round 6, Pick 33, 207th overall (Green Bay Packers): Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, University of Notre Dame
26 games played
RECEIVING: 92 receptions, 1484 yards, 16.1 yards per catch, 13TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

When it comes to "tall tree" wide receivers, St. Brown stands head and shoulders above the rest.  At 6'5", 214lbs, he can easily go over the top and grab just about any pass.  He has amassed a solid highlight reel by using his massive catch radius to create multiple acrobatic catches and has turned the heads of NFL scouts everywhere.  He was able to show off his speed by posting a 4.48 second 40 yards dash at the combine.  If he's given a free release, he can get down field and put himself in a position to make just about any catch.  Believe it or not, that's a caveat for this wideout.  When St. Brown wasn't given a free release, he struggled to separate, uncover, or just gave up on the route altogether.  Nevertheless, he'll be catching passes from a future Hall of Famer, so he should make full use of his opportunity if Adams goes down with a concussion or Cobb gets sidelined again.  He's worth a late round pick in leagues with 12 teams or more.

Round 7, Pick 6, 224th overall (Chicago Bears): Javon Wims, WR, University of Georgia
22 games played
RECEIVING: 62 receptions, 910 yards, 14.7 yards per catch, 8TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

Javon Wims could be the potential deep sleeper of this year's draft.  Fellow rookie Anthony Miller is getting a ton of press, and the signings of free agents Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel made headlines.  However, it's important not to forget about the 6'3", 215lb 7th round draft pick of the Bears, who has already been dubbed "Jump Ball Javon" by the internet.  He's a natural hands catcher who adjusts and extends to the ball instead of letting it come into his body, and can come down with just about any pass thrown his way.  Unfortunately, his footwork and hand fighting could use some work to shake press coverage and get uncovered off the line.  He also needs to hang on to the ball when he catches it in the middle of the field instead of thinking about getting hit.  Nevertheless, this come back route and deep fade specialist could make a name for himself if given the opportunity.  His current skill and raw talent makes him Dez Bryant 2.0, but he could become much more with time and further development.

REDSHIRTS: Sure, Juju Smith-Schuster was the rookie wideout of the year in 2017 and expected to have a great 2018 campaign, but here are some other receiving options that should be on your radar.

COREY DAVIS, Tennessee Titans
Last year's 5th overall pick was hampered by hamstring injuries.  This year, the Titans welcome new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, the architect behind the Falcons' success in 2015 and 2016, and Jared Goff's success and the rise of the Rams in 2017.  With that said, Davis figures to be a much larger part of the offense with Eric Decker out of the picture and Delanie Walker in the twilight of his career.  Davis will probably share targets with Taywan Taylor, Nick Williams, and Rishard Matthews, but he's still worth an upper mid-round pick in most leagues, especially in PPR formats.  He should break out this year if he can stay healthy.

JOHN ROSS, Cincinnati Bengals
Ross' rookie season was disappointing to say the least.  The 9th overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft played just 3 games, and started only 1.  He was placed on season-ending injured reserve in early December, 2017 and he found himself in a truly dark place.  Veteran journeyman Brandon LaFell offered encouragement to the rookie.  Ironically it's LaFell's departure that brings new hope for Ross.  Ross' credentials should not be forgotten.  He was in the running for the 2016 Biletnikoff Award for the best NCAA receiver in the nation.  The speed demon also dropped a 4.22 40 yard dash at the combine, posted a 37 inch vertical jump and a 122 inch broad jump, making him one of the most explosive athletes on the field.  He looks like he's having a great training camp according to the Bengals, and could be a sleeper this year if he can seize the opportunity.  A.J. Green can't catch all of the passes, so Ross is worth a late round pick this year.

DEDE WESTBROOK, Jacksonville Jaguars
With the 3rd pick in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jaguars took 6'0", 178lb Dede Westbrook out of Oklahoma.  The former Sooner flashed potential later in the season thanks to an opportunity yielded by injuries to the Allen's.  Marqise Lee is currently the only lock at wideout, but Westbrook should have a larger role in the offense since he knows the system.  Opposing defenses may stack the box to stop Fournette and make Bortles win the game with his arm.  This means Westbrook should have plenty of room to work.  He's worth a middle round pick in leagues with 12+ teams.  

MIKE WILLIAMS, Los Angeles Chargers
With both Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates both sidelined, the Chargers may go to more 3 wide receiver sets.  This would work to Williams' advantage since there are less receiving options to Target.  The 6'4", 220lb target should see an uptick in usage.  He's worth at least a late-round pick for his upside. 

Like Westbrook, Golladay flashed potential when he had the opportunity.  Unfortunately, injuries consistently sidelined Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. made the most of Golladay's absence.  Nevertheless, Golladay is a speedster that hails from Northern Illinois University.  At 6'4", he's a tall target with unusually quick vertical speed.  He can track it and then go up and get it if he needs to.  He could be one of Stafford's favorite targets if he can stay healthy.

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