- Top 20 – 2nd year Wide Receivers for 2013!
Even MORE Rookie Wide Receivers came out strong in 2012, setting the bar to be raised. Now, another year older, another year wiser should allow the talent to mature and continue to grow into weekly fantasy and team producers. Heading into their 2nd NFL seasons the “Sophomore Slump” is always something to consider when drafting any 2nd-Year Player. A whole lot of potential listed below!
- Top 20 – 2nd year Wide Receivers for 2013!
1. T.Y Hilton INDY (8)
2. Kendall Wright TEN (8)
3. Josh Gordon CLE (10)
4. Chris Givens STL (11)
5. Justin Blackmon JAC (9)
6. Alshon Jeffery CHI (8)
7. Michael Floyd ARI (9)
8. Ryan Broyles DET (9)
9. Mohamed Sanu CIN (12)
10. Jarius Wright MIN (5)
11. Rueben Randle NYG (9)
12. Brian Quick STL (11)
13. Nick Toon NO (7)
14. Rod Streater OAK (7)
15. Tommy Streeter BAL (8)
16. A.J Jenkins SF (9)
17. Stephen Hill NYJ (10)
18. Damaris Johnson PHI (12)
19. Cole Beasley DAL (11)
20. Devier Posey HOU (8)
21. Juron Criner OAK (7)
22. Marvin Jones CIN (12)
23. T.J Graham BUF (12)
1. Colts – T.Y Hilton (8) was able to record 50 receptions on 91 targets for 861 yards, 17.2 YPR and 7touchdowns his rookie season. Expected to be the No.2 WR across from Reggie Wayne, with Donnie Avery gone Hilton will see a bigger role allowing for more production this season. The Colts brought in WR Darrius Heyward-Bey former Raiders 1st Round pick but owners should still view Hilton as a No.3 Fantasy WR worth a middle Round pick.
2. Titans – Kendall Wright (8)recorded 64 receptions for 626 yards and 4 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Wright proved to be a great PPR receiver and was fantastic in 3rd-down situations for the Titans in 2012 and will likely see a large increase in snap count and targets. Wright could be a candidate for a breakout season in 2013, but will be more of a late-round Fantasy pick with upside and has a little more Fantasy value in PPR formats then Standard leagues.
3. Browns – Josh Gordon (10) finished his rookie campaign with 50receptions on 96 total targets for 805 yards and added 5 touchdowns. The Browns appear to be trying to figure out their QB situation but Gordon should still be productive as the Browns No.1 receiving threat with little competition for that role. Gordon is worth aiming for with a pick in the middle-late rounds as a low-end No.3/No.4 Fantasy WR with a solid amount of upside.
4. Rams – Chris Givens (11) was able to record at least 1-50+ yard reception in 5 consecutive weeks (Weeks 4-8) setting a NFL Record for Rookies. Givens finished 2012 with 42 receptions on 80 targets for 698 yards with a long of 65 with 3 touchdowns. Givens has been and will be a excellent deep-ball threat this season for Bradford and with that said, owners should view Givens as a low-end Fantasy WR worth a gamble in the later rounds.
5. Jaguars – Justin Blackmon (9) set franchise rookie records for receptions (64), receiving yards (865) and average yards per reception (13.5) and ended with 5 touchdowns on a team high 132 targets. Blackmon must serve a 4 game suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy in April. With his late season surge, Blackmon will be a middle Round pick for owners as a No.3 Fantasy WR in 2013.
6. Bears – Alshon Jeffery (8) was ultimately robbed by injuries, limiting his consistent stat production as a rookie. He should see an boost in snaps and targets along with his production in new Head Coach Marc Trestman’s up-tempo offense. He’s not worth taking with anything more than a late-round pick on the hunch he might break out in his 2nd year across from Brandon Marshall. Jeffrey was limited to just 24receptions for 367 yards and 3touchdowns on 48 total targets.
7. Cardinals – Michael Floyd (9) produced 45receptions for 562 yards and 1 touchdown on 86 targets in 2012. At 6’3, Floyd possesses the size and ability to contribute for the Cardinals opposite Larry Fitzgerald and should be viewed as a possible late-round No.4 Fantasy WR and sleeper for 2013 with the addition of QB Alex Smith.
8. Lions – Ryan Broyles (11) finished with 22 receptions for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns on 32 targets in 10 games before tearing his ACL. Will start 2013 behind Nate Burleson but with Titus Young out of the picture, Broyles and Burleson will very likely to see a increase in snaps and targets. Returning from his 2nd ACL injury, he probably won’t be ready until training camp, but continue to keep an eye on his progress moving forward as a late-round pick on draft day.
9. Bengals – Mohamed Sanu (12) was able to record 4 red-zone touchdowns in his last 3 games before suffering a stress fracture in his left foot. Sanu has the chance to be the No.2 WR for the Bengals opposite A.J. Green. If he returns at 100% as expected, owners can consider Sanu a late-Round flier. Prior to getting hurt he had 16receptions for 154 yards and 4 red-zone touchdowns on 25 total targets.
10. Vikings – Jarius Wright (5) did a decent job filling in for the injured Percy Harvin in 2012 and with Harvin now in Seattle, expected to take over as the slot receiver/chain mover. Wright produced 24 receptions for 323 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 40 targets and could/should expect to see a larger snap count and amount of targets in 2013. Wright is no more then a low-end fantasy option worth no more then a late-round pick.
11. Giants – Rueben Randle (9) is reportedly the “heavy favorite” to be the Giants No. 3 WR. He saw just 32 total targets but was able to record 19 receptions for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns in very limited work. With the departure of Domenik Hixon and possibility of Ramses Barden signing outside of New York it would give Randle a legit chance at a increase in snaps and targets and would clearly make Randle an intriguing late-round Fantasy sleeper in 2013.
12. Rams – Brian Quick (7) is big, fast and strong but has yet to prove he can put it all together on the field at the same time. After producing just 11 receptions for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 28 total targets, Quick is expected to be the No.2 WR for Bradford and with the departure of Danny Amendola plenty of targets could be in the direction of Quick. Consider Quick as a late Round flier in deeper league formats.