Top 2nd-Year Breakout Wide Receivers to make a Fantasy Impact in 2014
Another year older, another year wiser and the chance to see the speed and talent at the NFL level should allow these young talented players to mature and grow into weekly fantasy producers. Heading into their 2nd NFL seasons the “Sophomore Slump” is always something to consider when drafting any 2nd-year player. With the talent that is available this year in your fantasy drafts, you could end up with a whole lot of potential in those late rounds. Lots of young kids looking to grow and earn a spot on the field and in your line-ups!
Top 15 2nd-Year Wide Receivers
1. Keenan Allen SD (Bye Week 10)
2. Terrance Williams Dal (Bye Week 10)
3. Kenny Stills NO (Bye Week 6)
4. Cordarrelle Patterson Min (Bye Week 10)
5. Tavon Austin STL (Bye Week 4)
6. Markus Wheaton Pit (Bye Week 12)
7. Justin Hunter Ten (Bye Week 9)
8. Aaron Dobson NE (Bye Week 10)
9. DeAndre Hopkins Hou (Bye Week 10)
10. Robert Woods Buf (Bye Week 9)
11. Da’Rick Rogers Indy (Bye Week 10)
12. Marlon Brown Bal (Bye Week 11)
13. Marquise Goodwin Buf (Bye Week 9)
14. Ace Sanders Jac (Bye Week 11)
15. Kenbrell Thompkins NE (Bye Week 10)
1. Chargers (10) Keenan Allen was our most productive rookie receiver in 2013 and doing so was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year. His 8 touchdowns, 71 receptions and 1,046 yards lead all categories amongst all rookie wide receivers and he looks to build off a successful rookie season. Allen was a secured target for QB Philip Rivers and was a sure thing to see the ball on 3rd-down, of Allen’s 71 receptions 54 went for a 1st down in 2013.
2. Cowboys (10) Terrance Williams moves into a starters position across from WR Dez Bryant with the release of WR Miles Austin. Williams produced 44 receptions for 736 yards and 5 touchdowns in his rookie campaign working as the No.3 WR for the Cowboys. Williams showed a ton of upside in weeks 4 -10 last season as he produced at least 70-plus yards or a touchdown in 6 of those 7 weeks. With a ton of focus on Bryant, QB Tony Romo could end up targeting Williams a 100-plus times over a 16 game stretch if both Romo and Williams can remain healthy.
3. Saints (6) Kenny Stills was the Saints 5th-round pick in the 2013 draft and proved to be the team’s best deep threat while averaging 20 yards per catch. Stills’ production was inconsistent, but he still caught 32 receptions for 641 yards and 5 touchdowns with 3 of his 5 touchdowns going for 50-plus yards. His role will increase in 2014 as the No.2 WR across from WR Marques Colston and catching passes from QB Drew Brees, Stills has a ton of upside in that potent Saints offense that lost 2 key offensive weapons in RB Darren Sproles (to Eagles) and WR Lance Moore (to Steelers).
4. Vikings (10) Cordarrelle Patterson was electrifying as a rookie in the 2nd half of the season. Patterson caught 4 touchdowns passes, ran for 3 scores and returned 2 kicks for touchdowns as a rookie. Patterson produced 45 receptions for 469 yards receiving, 158 rushing yards, 7 total offensive touchdowns (4 receiving and 3 rushing) as well as recording 1,393 total return yards. He’s in for a much bigger role in 2014 and could produce nice numbers as a No.3 WR or flex in leagues that award points for return yards/production.
5. Rams (4) Tavon Austin ended his rookie season with 40 receptionsfor 418 yards and 4 touchdown as a receiver. He added another 2 touchdowns as a rusher with 151 yards rushing and over 700 total return yards. Austin’s 40 receptions lead the Rams wide receivers but TE Jared Cook lead the team with 51 catches, WR Austin Pettis 38 and WR Chris Givens 32. Austin expects to see a much larger increase in both the receiving and rushing game coming into 2014, as he was only on the field for 50.8 percent of the Rams offensive plays in 2013.
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Other articles to come :
Top 3rd-Year Breakout Wide Receivers for 2014
Top Rookie and 2nd-Year Running Backs for 2014