2019 WIDE RECEIVERS - Rookies and Redshirts

Fantasy4um is back! Get ready for this year's draft with 2019's fantasy football rookie and second year wide receivers.  Value picks, keepers, and sleepers to be had!

Round 1, Pick 25, 25th overall (Baltimore Ravens): Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, WR, University of Oklahoma
25 games played
RECEIVING: 132 receptions, 2413 yards, 18.3 yards per reception, 17TD
RUSHING: 3 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

Brown is fast.  Really fast.  Eye-poppingly fast.  His elite speed is up there with Tyreek Hill, Taylor Gabriel, and John Brown, but it's not just his speed that makes him great.  He's also a crisp route runner and an elusive ball carrier with quick feet who's dangerous in the open field.  He can catch the ball on a dump off or comeback route, turn upfield, and turn on the burners in a couple of steps.  Most of his tape contains highlights of his cartoon legs in a footrace to the endzone.  No, he's not the physical jump-ball receiver who goes over the top to fight for the ball, but he doesn't need to be when he's so far down the field getting behind the defenders.  Now, he does have concerns.  At 5'11", 160lbs, his slender frame could limit him bulking up, and his size is a concern at the pro level where everyone is bigger, faster, and stronger.  However, trainers and coaches could wonder if putting on additional size or weight would slow him down.  The Ravens obviously didn't have an issue with Brown's surgically repaired foot when they made him the first receiver drafted in 2019.  Still, questions remain about Brown's route running and speed in actual game situations.  Hopefully he can reel in some deep passes from Lamar Jackson's big arm and be more productive than John Brown or Breshard Perriman.  Hollywood has a good chance at becoming the top target with just Willie Snead, Chris Moore, and fellow rookie Miles Boykin on the roster.  This makes Hollywood a decent middle round dice roll especially in keeper leagues.  He could take the top off of AFC north defenses for years to come, assuming his LisFranc injury doesn't become an issue again. 

Round 1, Pick 32, 32 overall (New England Patriots): N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State University
38 games played
RECEIVING: 213 receptions, 2889 yards, 13.6 yards per reception, 22TD
RUSHING: 23 attempts, 144 yards, 6.3 yards per carry (ypc), 3TD

Simply put, N'Keal Harry is a beast.  He's a physical wideout who dominated defensive backs in the Pac-12 during his time as a Sundevil using his physicality.  There's a reason he graded out as a first rounder in multiple sources.  He's listed at 6'3", 218lbs, but plays more like a receiving tight end.  He runs multiple routes and can catch the ball either by going over the tops of defensive backs and high-pointing the ball or using his body to box out.  There isn't a spot his quarterback can put it where he won't make an adjustment and snag it.  He's tough to bring down after he brings in the catch too.  He'll keep his legs moving and use a stiff arm to keep defenders at a distance, but he also sheds tackles and runs like a running back after the catch.  No, speed and explosiveness aren't his best attributes.  The thing is he doesn't need a quick step or explosive speed to create separation.  He's just that physically dominant.  He could quickly become a reliable receiving option and a favorite target of Tom Brady's even with Demaryius Thomas and Julian Edelman on the team.  The Patriots need a dominant receiving presence after Gronk's retirement and N'Keal Harry could be just that.  Unfortunately, he plays for the Patriots who run five different offenses and typically go to the best matchup possible.  It'd be wise to leave him until the middle to late rounds in leagues of 12 teams or more.  He's definitely a high risk, high reward prospect if taken in the middle rounds and he pans out.  At the moment, he looks like a good sleeper pick thanks to an injury that could keep Demaryius Thomas out indefinitely, a 4 game suspension to start the season for Benjamin Watson, and Edelman's broken thumb.

Round 2, Pick 4, 36th overall (San Francisco 49ers): Deebo Samuel, WR, University of South Carolina
30 games played
RECEIVING: 148 receptions, 2076 yards, 14.0 yards per reception, 16TD
RUSHING: 25 attempts, 154 yards, 6.2 yards per carry (ypc), 7TD

Deebo Samuel is a wide receiver that's built like a running back at 5'11", 214lbs.  He plays like it too.  He's a versatile threat that allowed the Gamecocks' offense to strike anywhere on the field.  He runs the full route tree and snags just about everything with his strong, 10" hands.  His competitive attitude and strong personality certainly contribute to the physical aspect of his game.  A good example is his yards after contact.  He's great at running through defenders and must be gang tackled to be brought down.  His 39" vertical at the combine and his size help him win jump balls and fight for contested catches.  Unfortunately it's not all run and gun with Samuel.  His footwork and explosiveness could use work especially against press coverage where he could get redirected or struggle to get open.  No, he probably won't be the most elusive or explosive wideout, but if he could do a lot of damage if he can just find a hole in the defense, sit, and wait for the pass.  Pick routes and rub routes should help his chances of success.  He joins the 49ers who have been starved at the position recently and have had to make do with Marquise Goodwin, Pierre Garcon, and Trent Taylor.  Not that those guys are bad players, but the 49ers need a playmaker.  Samuel joins fellow rookie Jalen Hurd, and could become the centerpiece of San Francisco's passing attack.  He should be on the roster in leagues of 12 teams or more.

Round 2, Pick 19, 51st overall (Tennessee Titans): A.J. Brown, WR, University of Ole Miss
34 games played
RECEIVING: 189 receptions, 2982 yards, 15.8 yards per reception, 2TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

At 6'1" 225lbs, A.J. Brown isn't the tallest or fastest receiver around, but that's where his weaknesses end.  He'll go up and fight for the ball.  After he gets the ball, he'll fight for yards after the catch.  He's a feisty, physical playmaker.  He has great hands and good feet, and puts the 2 together to make plays all over the field.  He's also a great route runner who can pluck short darts out of the air with his hands and he can track the deep ball extremely well.  He would've posted even more impressive numbers than his 1300+ yards and 6 touchdowns during his 2018 campaign if his quarterback play had been more consistent.  He was forced to make the best of a bad situation, did what he could, and put up some pretty respectable numbers as a result.  He joins a wide receiving corps that consists of an injury-plagued Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, Taywan Taylor, and Tajae Sharpe.  That's not exactly a standout lineup of pass catching threats for the Titans.  If Brown can shine during training camp as the outside threat the Titans so desperately need, he could be a deep sleeper in most leagues.  He's worth a dart throw, but shouldn't be drafted until the later rounds in leagues with 12 teams or more or in dynasty leagues.

**UPDATE - as of 8/1/19, Brown remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury.  He has yet to return to practice.  

Round 2, Pick 24, 56th overall (Kansas City Chiefs): Mecole Hardman, WR, University of Georgia
33 games played
RECEIVING: 60 receptions, 961 yards, 16.0 yards per reception, 11TD
RUSHING: 13 attempts, 97 yards, 7.5 yards per carry (ypc), 2TD

At 5'10", 187lbs, Hardman doesn't quite have the killer speed Marquise "Hollywood" Brown does, but he still has plenty of speed to take the top off of defenses.  He's primarily a go route specialist who has plenty of get-off, tracks the deep ball, and run after catch ability to get into the endzone.  He does pack a bit more on his frame, making him a bit more durable than the Oklahoma speedster.  Hardman is also an electrifying returner, handling 39 punts for 592 yards and a touchdown with a 15.2 yard per return average.  He was a highly sought-after recruit coming out of high school who's had experience playing other positions before spending his last 2 years as a receiver.  As a result, he needs to polish his route running and it shows.  The timing and breaks on his routes need to be more exact.  He also needs to learn how to go up and get it when he's targeted in traffic.  Nevertheless, the athletic traits and talent are there giving coaches time and substance to work with.  Afterall, 4.33 40 speed is very difficult to teach and requires significant talent to start.  He joins a Chiefs receiving corps that features Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, and tight end Travis Kelce soaks up plenty of targets.  Needless to say, Hardman has plenty of speed and should fit right into Andy Reid's system, but opportunities will be tough to come by.  He can be left on the wire.

Round 2, Pick 25, 57th overall (Philadelphia Eagles): J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford University
33 games played
RECEIVING: 135 receptions, 2219 yards, 16.4 yards per reception, 28TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

Arcega-Whiteside was an excellent possession receiver for Stanford.  At 6'2", 218lbs, he's a big body who could be targeted on seam routes and fades, but he also works from outside the numbers back in toward the center of the field.  He has great footwork and can create separation at the line in press coverage using his quick feet and hand fighting.  He can also get open later on in his routes by using his feet and hips to sell routes, getting defenders to bite, and then use his speed to burn them.  Once he's down field, he'll use his body to box out other defenders and his strong hands to reel in a strike.  No, he doesn't always fight for additional yardage, nor is he the biggest or fastest receiver on the field.  However, he does his job well and could be a quarterback's best friend when his team needs to move the chains.  As an added bonus, he also does his fair share with run blocking.  Hopefully all of these skills can get him on the field in Philly, where he'll fight Alshon Jeffery, Ertz, Agholor and DJax for targets.  His opportunities could come sooner rather than later with DJax and Alshon being injury prone.  This makes Arcega-Whiteside worth monitoring in all leagues.

Round 2, Pick 27, 59th overall (Indianapolis Colts): Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State University
43 games played
RECEIVING: 143 receptions, 1768 yards, 12.4 yards per reception, 15TD
RUSHING: 23 attempts, 210 yards, 9.1 yards per carry (ypc), 2TD

While Parris Campbell isn't the biggest or most physical receiver, the thing that jumps out on his tape is his elite speed.  He's one of the most electric players in this year's draft both as a receiver and a returner.  He's able to take short passes and dumpoffs and turn them into big gains.  He typically works as a possession receiver in off coverage running short and intermediate routes, motions out of the backfield into the flat, or takes the pitch off of a sweep.  However, he can also use his elite speed and a little shimmy to shake defenders and house it.  He's elusive in the open field and his stout frame allows him to keep his legs moving, absorb hits and gain those extra yards after the catch.  It will be tough for defenders to bring him down because they'll have a tough time matching his 4.31 40 speed.  At 6'0" 205lbs, his stout build keeps him upright and tough to wrap up.  He's a playmaker who can make things happen if he's given a little bit if room to turn on the jets.  Jack Doyle was sidelined for most of last year, and Eric Ebron is still somewhat of a question mark.  Andrew Luck has needed someone he can check the ball down to and just make plays.  His offensive line had done a better job of protecting him, but better safe than sorry.  Campbell might find opportunities to come by with Hilton being the clear number one and Funchess and Rogers being complimentary pieces.  However, Campbell could be an immediate impact player if he can get on the field.  At this point, he's only worth drafting in leagues with 14 teams or more.  That could change with injuries to Luck's receiving options.  Campbell is worth keeping an eye on in all leagues.

Round 2, Pick 30, 62nd overall (Arizona Cardinals): Andy Isabella, WR, University of Massachusetts
44 games played
RECEIVING: 231 receptions, 3526 yards, 15.3 yards per reception, 30TD
RUSHING: 40 attempts, 342 yards, 8.6 yards per carry (ypc), 2TD

Isabella is an absolute burner.  His 4.31 40 time tied Parris Campbell for the top spot at this year's Combine.  On tape, his speed is on full display as he simply outruns other defenders to avoid going down.  At 5'9", 188lbs, the former running back is stout and his strong lower body helps him stay up and gain additional yards after contact when he's not just bouncing off of potential tacklers like a ping pong ball.  He can track the deep ball and catch it in stride when he's not working underneath in space.  He runs like a running back after he gets the ball in his hands.  The issue is actually getting the ball in his hands.  He tends to naturally catch passes in his bread basket instead of extending his arms and hands to snag the ball out of the air.  This makes his small catch radius even smaller.   Kyler Murray will need to use every bit of his accuracy to deliver strikes to his fellow rookie.  However, it will be worth it if Isabella can use his size and elusiveness to catch quick passes from his quarterback.  It remains to be determined how Kliff Kingsbury will use his weapons so potential owners should continue to monitor developments in training camp and during the preseason.  In the meantime, Isabella is a playmaker worth rolling the dice on in the later rounds of deep leagues.

Round 2, Pick 32, 64th overall (Seattle Seahawks): D.K. Metcalf WR, University of Ole Miss
21 games played
RECEIVING: 67 receptions, 1228 yards, 18.3 yards per reception, 14TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

There's one every year.  He's a side-speed freak with a physique that makes the jaws of scouts everywhere drop.  This year, 6'3", 225lbs D.K. Metcalf did exactly that, posting a 4.33 second 40 yard dash at the Combine.  He has tremendous burst off the line and open-field speed that will burn any defender.  He's a long, stridey runner who doesn't look fast on tape, but this kid has some wheels.  He's already been compared to Josh Gordon thanks to his size & speed.  His hands and his huge catch radius have been showcased on multiple occasions along with one-handed grabs that should be impossible.  His brute strength, athleticism, and hand-fighting skills help him get off the line quickly in press coverage and power through hits to gain additional yards after he catches the ball.  Unfortunately he does have faults.  He depends mostly on go routes, comeback routes, and the occasional shallow cross to get open.  He doesn't have particularly quick feet either thanks to his stridey running style.  Metcalf relied heavily on his athleticism to make plays in the open field or come down with the ball.  Finally, his season-ending neck injury required surgery and his medical status could be a big question mark that could rear it's ugly head during the season.  Nevertheless, an imposing, physical wideout like Metcalf could be a game changer for the Seahawks.  He can be taken as high as the fifth round, especially in PPR leagues of 14 teams or more.  Buyer beware: Lockett did have a breakout year last year, so Metcalf would presumably be the WR2 on a Seahawks team who attempted the least amount of passes in the league in 2018.

Round 3 Pick 2, 66th overall (Pittsburgh Steelers): Diontae Johnson, WR, University of Toledo
38 games played
RECEIVING: 135 receptions, 2235 yards, 16.6 yards per reception, 23TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, 26 yards, 6.5 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

At 5'10", 183lbs, Johnson isn't that big or physical.  His 40 time says he's not that fast either.  As a matter of fact, he's pretty pedestrian.  What he does bring to the table is an overall polish to the wide receiving position.  He does everything well.  He gets off the line even in press coverage, runs a full route tree, gets in and out of his breaks well, knows how to vary his route speed, and catches everything thrown at him.  He also sells his routes with dips and jukes and he's elusive after the catch.  So why is he ranked so low?  It's primarily thanks to the fact that he'll need to fight Juju, Moncrief, Washington, and James Conner for touches.  Johnson could fall into the Eli Rogers mold where he's an incredible athlete who never gets a chance.  He will probably fall into the role of possession receiver who can move the chains, but might not get the opportunities to do much else.  The Steelers already have a guy like this named Ryan Switzer.  Thompson is a player to get excited about in the Steel City, but he probably won't do much for fantasy rosters unless either Juju, Moncrief, or Washington get hurt.  He's a dynasty flier who can be left on the wire in all but the deepest of PPR leagues.

Round 3 Pick 3, 67th overall (San Francisco 49ers): Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor University
21 games played
RECEIVING: 136 receptions, 1438 yards, 10.6 yards per reception, 10TD
RUSHING: 637 attempts, 2844 yards, 4.5 yards per carry (ypc), 23TD

Hurd is an athlete, plain and simple.  He transferred from Tennessee to Baylor during his junior year and changed positions in the process.  He didn't need much time to transition to his new position thanks to his athleticism.  He's a running back who can catch and it shows.  He's more physical after the catch and he's not afraid of contact.  He's also a natural hands catcher who extends his arms and hands away from his body to extend his catch radius and snatch any passes out of the air.  His tall, 6'4" frame and 230lb size should help him win plenty of jump balls.  There are plenty of highlights where his quarterback would just throw it up and let him go get it.  Unfortunately he's not without faults.  Again, he's relatively new to the position which means he'll need to work on gettting off press coverage and polish his route running.  In the meantime, he runs with long strides and he can get downfield and bring in tough targets.  He'll be a welcome weapon for Jimmy G, and he'll fight Kittle, Goodwin, Pettis, and fellow rookie Deebo Samuel for targets.  For now, they just need playmakers in San Francisco anywhere they can get them.  Hurd is a physical receiving option and could see his role expand rapidly, especially if the 49ers are playing behind and need to play catch up.  At the moment, Hurd is a deep league, dynasty flier only.  

Round 3, Pick 12, 76th overall (Washington Redskins): Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State University
44 games played
RECEIVING: 75 receptions, 1251 yards, 16.7 yards per reception, 19TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

At 6'0, 208lbs, McLaurin is a well-built receiving option who possesses elite speed.  He's a tough wideout who's physical enough to fight off defenders for contested catches.  He uses his route running ability to work underneath and his 4.35 40 speed to work deep routes. His hand skills and a quick first step help him get off the line in press coverage.  Perhaps this is where his upside ends as a receiver.  He's a habitual body catcher who doesn't have much extension.  Instead, he'll adjust his body to where he thinks the ball will be and catch the pass against his body.  It's a good thing he's paired with fellow rookie and fellow former Buckeye Dwayne Haskins, who had one of the most accurate arms in college football.  This pairing could turn out to be McLaurin's greatest asset.  If Haskins knows how McLaurin works, how fast he runs, how he breaks, and how he'll help out his quarterback, McLaurin could be the deep sleeper of this draft.  Josh Doctson is always hurt and Paul Richardson had more than 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns in just one season in his 5 year career.  McLaurin could find himself in a starting spot sooner rather than later, and his owners could have a value keeper on their hands.  He's a late round PPR dynasty flier at the moment, but he could turn out to be a hidden gem despite his shortcomings.

Round 3, Pick 29, 90th overall (Baltimore Ravens): Miles Boykin, WR, University of Notre Dame
26 games played
RECEIVING: 77 receptions, 1206 yards, 15.7 yards per reception, 11TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

At 6'4", 228lbs, Miles Boykin easily has all of the physical attributes to make him a star in the NFL.  He's a big, physical wideout who loves to high-point the ball.  He's a deep, outside threat who can easily go over the top and win jump balls, which he times almost to perfection.  His 4.4-speed and 43 inch vertical show just how explosive he can be.  He's a fast runner with long strides who can get down field and get over the top of most corners.  Most defensive backs who give Boykin a free release or play with a cushion will quickly realize how much trouble they're in.  Good thing for them, Boykin can get held up at the line of scrimmage with jams, jabs, and a bit of hand fighting.  This could be a problem at the next level where the backs are bigger, faster, and stronger.  Boykin will need to work on his hand skills and fight off defenders immediately after the snap.  He'll also need to work on his footwork and route running for shorter and intermediate routes.  Luckily for him, these are all things that can be improved with a bit of work.  It will be interesting what type of offense the Ravens run though.  Boykin seems like he'd be a bigger, faster, more physical Michael Crabtree, but Crabtree caught just 54 passes for 607 yards and 3 touchdowns last season.  If Lamar Jackson can use his feet to get out of trouble and bomb it to Boykin, Boykin should get plenty of looks.  The upside presents itself when potential fantasy owners look at the Ravens Roster and see that Boykin only has to contend with fellow rookie Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, Mark Andrews, Willie Snead, and maybe Seth Roberts or Chris Moore for targets.  Boykin is a late round high-risk, high-reward flier in leagues of 12 teams or more.

Round 4, Pick 1, 103rd overall (Arizona Cardinals): Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State University
34 games played
RECEIVING: 110 receptions, 2149 yards, 19.5 yards per reception, 18TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

Butler is a rebounder in the most literal sense.  The former basketball player-turned-wideout looks every bit the part on the field at 6'5", 227lbs reeling in catches over the tops of defenders with his strong, 10 3/4 inch hands.  He loves to high-point the ball and use his massive catch radius to catch passes that other receivers or defensive backs can't.  He's tough to bring down after the catch as well.  There are multiple highlights of him stiff-arming defensive backs and breaking multiple tackles on just one catch to gain a ton of extra yards and get in the endzone.  With sub-4.5 speed, this baller can fly too.  Unfortunately he's not without faults.  He could be labeled a jump ball specialist thanks to his less than stellar route running.  He has trouble with his breaks and he struggles to separate in press coverage at times because he's just not that explosive off the line.  Perhaps the worst part is 15.5% drop rate, which was one of the worst among the top receivers in college football.  He can look like he's still learning the position at times because he can be indecisive about whether to catch the ball with his hands or his arms, in which case he'll try to catch the ball in his proverbial bread basket.  It's a good thing he'll be mentored by future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.  The Cardinals have plenty of receiving options.  Larry Legend is the only reliable pass catching threat, so Kyler Murray's second target could be anyone's guess.  Butler is worth keeping an eye on, but not worth rostering at the moment.

Round 4, Pick 18, 120th overall (Seattle Seahawks): Gary Jennings Jr., WR, University of West Virginia
45 games played
RECEIVING: 168 receptions, 2294 yards, 13.7 yards per reception, 17TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

There are two things that make Jennings a quality NFL wideout.  First, he just knows how to get open.  He doesn't torch opposing defenses with his speed or use his size to physically dominate his defenders.  Instead he finds holes or creates separation using his stellar route running.  The second thing that sets him apart is his nose for the endzone.  He scored 13 of his 16 Mountaineer touchdowns during his senior year and averaged 17.0 yards per catch during that time.  He doesn't wow scouts like fellow Seahawks rookie D.K. Metcalf, but he knows how to get the job done.  The 6'1", 214lb wideout has 4.4 speed and he can fly after the catch.  Moreover, Russell Wilson's playing style seems to go hand in hand with Jennings' ad-lib ability.  Lockett and Metcalf could be the burners, but Jennings could be the possession guy that exploits a hole in coverage or works to get open as Wilson scrambles.  Jennings is a flier worth rostering in deep PPR leagues.

Round 4, Pick 24, 126th overall (Chicago Bears): Riley Ridley, WR, University of Georgia
28 games played
RECEIVING: 69 receptions, 1015 yards, 14.7 yards per reception, 13TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, 46 yards, 11.5 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

In case anyone is wondering, yes.  Riley Ridley is Calvin Ridley's little brother.  They stood on opposite sides of the field in the national championship game where Riley reeled in 6 targets for 82 yards.  Unfortunately, Riley couldn't do much as the Crimson Tide rolled down the field, scoring on 3 of their last 4 possessions to win the game.  Less than a year later, he'd post 5 catches for 59 yards and a score against Alabama in the college football playoffs.  These matchups are important because Riley Ridley's numbers don't tell the whole story.  He posted just 69 catches for over 1000 yards in 28 games during his career as a Bulldog.  This stat line would easily get topped in a single season by a WR1.  Unfortunately the Bulldogs ran the ball over 61% of the time which meant that Ridley's skills weren't showcased.  However, he is a tough, physical receiver who runs great routes and has great hands.  He doesn't explode off of the line or plow defenders down or stiff-arm his way forward after the catch.  He could also struggle to create separation at the pro level.  However, his focus, strong hands, and great route running will be his moneymakers moving forward.  There are a ton of playmakers on the Bears offense so there may not be enough touches to go around.  Ridley isn't worth owning outside of dynasty leagues unless Robinson, Miller, Gabriel, Burton, or Cohen go down.

Round 5, Pick 11, 126th overall (Oakland Raiders): Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson University
53 games played
RECEIVING: 186 receptions, 2133 yards, 11.5 yards per reception, 15TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

Renfrow's hands and ball skill earned him the nickname "Mr. Reliable."  That's because he was always there when the Tigers needed a first down.  He's a great route runner who varies his route speeds to keep defensive backs from locking down on him.  He works the short nand intermediate stuff, and he knows how to work the middle of the field.  He also has great situational awareness and knows when he needs to come back and help out his quarterback.  At 5'10", 184lbs, his size and skill make him the ideal slot receiver and chain mover.  While he may lack the explosiveness and elusiveness that Julian Edelman has, he can still get the job done.  His coach, Dabo Swinney, called him "Superman" when he has his helmet on, and it's easy to see why.  Renfrow comes from a football family so he knows the game.  The Clemson walk-on was brought up in a Championship-winning program.  This is the same program that made DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, and fellow slot receiver and rising star Adam Humphries.  He's caught passes from Deshaun Watson as well.  Needless to say, the background is there and the production was good, but he may find opportunities hard to come by.  He'll split targets with one of the best wide receivers currently playing the game, Antonio Brown.  Tyrell Williams is underrated and serves as a big outside threat as well.  Luckily for Renfrow, the Raiders lost their possession pass catcher with the departure of Jared Cook.  Renfrow might be a flier if he can stand out in training camp.  Derek Carr could use someone he can check the ball down to.  

Round 5, Pick 33, 4th overall (NY Giants): Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn University
29 games played
RECEIVING: 79 receptions, 1605 yards, 20.3 yards per reception, 11TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

At 6'1" 190lbs, Slayton was Auburn's go route deep ball specialist.  He's a size-speed guy who can take the tops off of most defenses.  He's good at tracking the deep ball, making adjustments while the ball is in flight, and reeling in deep passes over his shoulder.  However, that might be where the positives end.  While his speed is a huge asset, his hands have been known to let him down.  He has one of the higher drop rates and he lacks the ball skill to handle quick strikes on shallow and intermediate routes.  He also had some trouble separating in press coverage.  Even so, his chances might come sooner rather than later with injuries to the Giants' receiving corps.  Sterling Shepard has a broken thumb which may limit him early in the season and affect his ability to catch.  Corey Coleman just signed on but has torn his ACL and is out for the season.  Golden Tate is in the process of appealing a suspension that may keep him out for the first few games of the season.  That leaves the Giants very thin at wideout and they could turn to the rookie sooner rather than later.  Slayton is worth taking a flier on in most leagues mostly thanks to lack of depth at the position on his team.  Opposing defenses will either be stacking the box to try and contain Barkley which means Slayton and Engram should have room to work.  Slayton will be fighting for targets with tight end Evan Engram as well.

Round 6, Pick 1, 4th overall (Arizona Cardinals): Keesean Johnson, WR, Fresno State University 
51 games played
RECEIVING: 275 receptions, 3463 yards, 12.6 yards per reception, 24TD
RUSHING: 5 attempts, 27 yards, 3.4 yards per carry (ypc), 0TD

The first thing that stands out on Keesean Johnson's tape is his ball skill.  He has great hands and does a phenomenal job of adjusting to the ball.  Outside of that there's nothing that really pops. He just does everything relatively well. He's a smooth route runner who runs all the routes and works every part of the field.  His hands help him excel at contested catches, and there's a good number of touchdowns where he catches passes on deep fades in the back corner of the endzone.  At 6'1", 201lbs, his stocky build is more than enough to help him match up with more physical corners.  Chances are he'll work the middle of the field on shorter and intermediate routes rather than a deep seam or post.  His lack of top end speed and explosiveness will hinder him at the next level.  Nevertheless, he knows when his quarterback is in trouble, knows how to work back to him, and usually finds an opening in coverage so his quarterback has a chance to throw it.  This should be especially helpful to his rookie quarterback who is also learning the ropes at the NFL level.  Murray does his fair share of scrambling, but he'll need all the help he can get since defenders at the next level are bigger, faster, and stronger.  Keesean will also have to compete with Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Hakeem Butler, and Andy Isabella for targets.  A room full of young receiving weapons is great for the Arizona franchise, but bad for fantasy football.  The target distribution is anyone's guess so it might be best to wait and see.


CALVIN RIDLEY, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley put himself on fantasy football radars everywhere when he posted 15 reception for 264 yards and 6 touchdowns during weeks 2-4 of last season.  That's an average of 5 catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns per game through those three weeks!  He would tally 64 catches for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns at the end of his rookie campaign.  He was a boom or bust prospect for the remainder of the season and his numbers were pretty underwhelming.  However, he flashed greatness and an ability to make an impact during those three weeks.  Julio continues to rehab his foot injury and there's no telling how this could affect his performance.  Either way, it could be said that Ridley has replaced Sanu at WR2 and he could find himself back in the spotlight with a heavy target share if Julio can't go.  Ridley should see his role continue to expand, and he could go as high as the fourth round in some leagues.

D.J. MOORE, Carolina Panthers
Moore was the first wide receiver off the board in the 2018 draft, and with good reason.  He's a physical playmaker with mental tough toughness and a desire compete and fight for every single catch.  He came on strong and posted 55 catches for 788 yards and 2 touchdowns during his rookie campaign.  He should take another step forward this year with Funchess out of the picture and Cam's shoulder issues now a non-issue.  Unfortunately, Chris Hogan now joins the bunch and Greg Olsen still hasn't quit.  These factors could combine to limit Moore's opportunities making him a high risk high reward proposition if he's drafted in the middle rounds.  

JAMES WASHINGTON, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is on the other side of the country now which leaves Juju to take the reins of the starting job in Pittsburgh.  However, it's James Washington who could be the wideout to own.  Brown drew lots of double teams which Juju took advantage of.  Now Juju will be drawing those double teams, which means Ben might need to look elsewhere for an open man.  Enter James Washington, who won the Biletnikoff award in 2017 for best best NCAA receiver in the nation the year before he was drafted late in the second round by the Steelers.  The tough, 5'11" 213lb product out of Oklahoma State reeled in just 16 targets for 217 yard and a touchdown as a rookie.  Naturally targets are few and far in between when Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster are on the field.  Even though Moncrief has been the training camp darling, opportunities should come in time for this tough, physical receiver in the absence of Antonio Brown. 

At 5'11", 190lbs, Miller fits the build of a slot receiver and was exactly that for sophomore Mitch Trubisky.  Miller flashed greatness last year especially against the Cardinals when he caught 5 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.  It's recently come to light that he had surgery in the off season to repair his shoulder, and he mentioned that he "was playing games with like one arm," during his rookie campaign.  With his shoulder surgically repaired and Mitch's first year in Nagy's system under his belt, this quarterback-wideout duo should see a lot of progress this year.  Nagy is an aggressive playcaller who loves to throw the ball.  Unfortunately Miller caught just 33 passes for 423 yards and 7 passes, which made him a touchdown-dependent boom or bust  fantasy prospect, but he could have a breakout year with good health a little luck.  Allen Robinson has struggled at times to stay healthy so Miller could be one injury away from having a larger workload.

KEKE COUTEE, Houston Texans
Will Fuller's health is the real concern here.  He has yet to play a full season during his 3 year career and he appeared in just 7 games last year.  He also draws a ton of coverage now that he's a known deep threat.  Coutee is the third guy in Watson's progression, a decent flier.  He averaged nearly 7 targets, over 4.5 targets, and nearly 48 yards per game.  He also scored one touchdown last year.  Naturally, he moves up the depth chart when Fuller is off the field.  If he can stay healthy and convert more of his targets into production, he'll be a valuable addition to any roster.  Watson's offensive line didn't do him any favors last year, leaving him to run for his life most of the time.  Watson was sacked the most in the league last year.  If the Texans decide to change their playcalling to get rid of the ball more quickly and protect their QB more, it could mean an uptick in Coutee's use as a slot receiver.  Again, he's a decent flier and draft pick in a keeper league, but little more than that unless Fuller goes down.

The Cardinals are going through a transition period at the moment.  New head coach, new quarterback, new receivers.  It's obviously a rebuilding period in the desert and Christian Kirk is part of that.  Kirk is a speculative deep league, keeper or dynasty add at the moment, but he has the chance to move up.  It's probably a good idea to stay away from him in leagues of 12 teams or less because there are so many question marks on his team.  Will Kirk's quarterback have time to deliver a throw?  Will he and his quarterback develop their timing and chemistry?  How involved will he be with his offensive system?  

Foster came on strong last year after his team cut Kelvin Benjamin.  Benjamin's targets were split between Foster, Jones, and even RayRay McLeod got in on the action.  Foster is a boom or bust prospect with blazing speed and good height.  He turned in a 4.34 40 time at the 2018 combine.   He caught 27 passes on 44 targets for 541 yards and 3 touchdowns, averaging 20.0 yards per catch during his rookie campaign.  Foster's size and speed are a big play waiting to happen when combined with Josh Allen's big arm.  Foster should see his role in the offense increase this year.  He'll be competing with Zay Jones, Cole Beasley, and Andre Roberts for targets this year, which should make him a late round value in most drafts.  

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