Mullen’s Fantasy Football Notebook: Second Year Receivers

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm by

 

by Mullen

I’m always surprised when a fantasy magazine doesn’t dedicate a few pages to who they consider to be this year’s sleepers. Every publication should have sleepers, or at least a breakout player list in bold letters on their cover. It’s what every fantasy player is looking for. Which player will have an average draft spot in the fourth round or lower this year but end up a top five pick next year? That’s what wins championships.

While everyone is trying to find this years Alford Morris lets take a look at potential sleepers in the wide receiver position. The NFL is hard on rookie wide receivers. For every Randy Moss there are hundreds of Michael Floyds. These days rookie Quarterbacks are having more success than first year wideouts. Below we look at some second year receivers that now have a season under their belts.

 

Alshon Jeffery – Bears – Jeffers had an nice rookie year. Cutler is in a contract year and Brandon Marshall often draws double coverage. The ball will need to be spread around and Jeffers should see an increase in production.

Catching one from the Cut

Catching one from the Cut

Mohamed Sanu – Bengals – A.J. Green is becoming the best receiver in the AFC. If Sanu can stay healthy he should benefit from all the attention Green receives. He caught four touchdowns in weeks 9-11 before injuring his foot.

Sanu may be a pain in the ass for the Ravens this season

Sanu may be a pain in the ass for the Ravens this season

Josh Gordon – Browns – Gordon is a big play receiver.  He should top out at around 60 catches. If he keeps his average yards per reception around 16 he should end up with about 1000 yards.

josh-gordon

 

Michael Floyd – Cardinals – Floyd is a classic example of what can happen to a rookie wide receiver. Granted, the Arizona offense was a disaster  last year, but more was expected of the talented Floyd. With new coach Bruce Arians in charge and improved surroundings, Floyd should show signs of why he was the 13th overall selection last year.

I doubt he caught this

I doubt he caught this

Ty Hilton – Colts – Hilton had an impressive rookie campaign. With numbers like 50-861-7, Hilton is a big play threat. He should have an expanded role in the new offense this year.

Hilton can burn

Hilton can burn

Rueben Randle – Giants – Victor Cruz signed a big new deal and the often injured Hakeem Nicks will start on the other side. The Giants and Eli did a good job introducing Randle to both the NFL and their offense last year. He should start the season as the #3 guy. I expect him to crack the starting lineup at some point this season.

Loved this guy at LSU

Loved this guy at LSU

Justin Blackmon – Jags– Blackmon showed why he was the first receiver selected in the 2012 draft. Playing for a very bad Jacksonville team the OSU rookie put up 64-865-5. With a 4 game suspension to start the season, you may be able to get him on the cheap.

A dummy with tons of talent

A dummy with tons of talent

Stephen Hill – Jets – It looks like Hill  is exactly what everyone thought he was, a project. There’s not much in New York at the wide-out position so he should get an opportunity to put up decent numbers, but don’t hold your breath.

Relax Hill, you're not that good

Relax Hill, you’re not that good

Chris Givens – Rams – Brian Quick was the rookie wide-out everyone had their eye on last year. All Givens did was lead the team in receiving yards. He’s a big play guy, but it’s hard to tell what each receiver’s role will be this year in St. Louis.

Sick catch

Sick catch

Kendall Wright – Titans – Wright led the Titans in receptions last year in his rookie season. He’s not a big play guy, he’ll play the slot, but he’s the most reliable thing they have.

Lots of passes will come Wright's way

Lots of passes will come Wright’s way

A.J. Jenkins – 49ers– Jenkins rookie year was a waste. I’m sure the Niners would love nothing more than to see him step up this year. Even with the injury to Crabtree he may find it hard to find playing time.

This guy might stink

This guy might stink

It will be important to pay close attention to these guys during training camp.  A few will end up being viable flex options, and a couple may end up cracking the top ten.