I hate this landing spot. I hate Jerry Jones. I hate his yacht. But I love CeeDee Lamb and his talent. Even though Lamb has ended up at the cowboys creating a 3 headed monster with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup (and a potential fantasy Russian Roulette), he is still far and away in a tier of his own talent wise. He was touted to be the WR 1 before the draft and there should be no reason for that to change. His speed off the line, ability to create seperation and explosiveness with ball in hand are all enough to make your mouth water. Lamb is in no doubt an elite NFL talent. Lamb has been compared to Deandre Hopkins and Chad Johnson and that should tell you everything you need to know.
I love Juedy the talent. The Jury (Jeudy Jury? Jury Juedy?) is out on the landing spot. On one hand, Juedy is without a doubt the clear number two receiver on the Broncos. The question remains on whether being the number two option on that offence is worth anything fantasy wise? It all boils down to one thing. Can Drew Lock be a good enough Quarterback to sustain fantasy production for all of his offensive weapons? Make no mistake. Courtland Sutton is the number 1 and he will feast (in fact, Jeudy taking double coverage away from Sutton will help him). Noah Fant is a good up and coming Tight End. KJ Hamler is a flyer who will make some big plays. Will Juedy be given enough oppertunity to produce for fantasy? If you are in on Drew Lock being a good NFL Quarterback then Juedy is your guy. I'm in the camp that talent will win out and Juedy will be worth the mid-late first round pick he will cost.
I love this pick for the Vikings. They traded Stefon Diggs (and his big mouth, poor attitude and massive salary) to the bIlls and used that pick to take Jefferson. Jefferson has an opportunity to make an immediate fantasy impact. He might not have been as highly touted as some of the other receivers in this class, however his talent and this amazing landing spot make me very excited taking Jefferson back of the first, start of the second. I am trying to get Jefferson everywhere I can.
Jalon Reagor to the Eagles was a great landing spot. If only it was Cee Dee Lamb (thanks a lot Jerry you wrinkly old prune). Raegor is an amazing athlete which makes up for some of his shortcomings as a receiver. Reagor's electric ability with ball in hand must have Carson Wentz's mouth watering. Reagor ended up with an excellent landing spot with a very clear path to targets in his rookie year. He will always have big play upside but is a raw talent that may take a while to get used to the NFL. High ceiling, low floor. Given his ADP has him going off the board before Jefferson, I won't have Reagor on many of my teams.
The Bengals got Joe Burrow a draft present. A receiver who is Long and strong with elite body control and is a ball winner (no I'm not describing AJ Green). Higgins can be slow off the line and he may take time to acclimatise to overcoming the press of NFL corners. But despite the shortcomings, Higgins as a prospect (and for a second round draft pick) is on that I want on my rosters.
Dezel Mims greatest asset is his catch radius. He can provide his Quarterback with a large window in which the throw through. And when your Quarterback is Sam Darnold that is a good thing. He is a strong and physical receiver who can hight point the ball and box out defenders to take a contested catch. Mims is limited in his lateral movement and which leaves him with a less than diverse route tree. Mims physical profile and draft capital all bue ensure he will see a high snap count in his rookie season. But when Sam Darnold is your Quarterback and Adam Gase your coach...*wince*
Pittman has landed in an intriguing spot. TY Hilton is in the twilight of his career and Parris Campbell still has a lot to prove. Pittman is a beast of a man (6'4" 103kgs) and isn't afraid of contact. He could provide Phillip Rivers an excellent option underneath. His greatest shortfall is that he is sluggish off the line and doesn't create a lot of seperation. A lot will depend on the use of Parris Campbell in regards to Pittman's immediate fantasy usage.
Ruggs was the first WR off the board. And here is the thing. He is fast. Really fast. Ruggs will instantly help the Raiders offence as he will demand the attention of a safety given his insane speed. Not afraid of lowering his shoulder and finishing runs, he is a tough receiver. It is no surprise Gruden loves him! As fast as he is, he has issues tracking the deep ball which takes away from what is his greatest strength. It raised eyebrows when Ruggs was taken before other, more highly ranked receivers but the Raiders got their man. But catching balls from Derrick Carr (or Marcus Mariota by week 8 in my opinion) is not a recipe for fantasy success.
Elite route runner with a crazy catch radius, Aiyuk is a raw talent who feasts on Yards After the Catch (YAC). There are three concerns with Aiyuk for me. 1) He has Jimmy G as his Quarterback (you'll soon learn I'm not a fan). 2) He enters a 49ers offence with a lot of weapons which I expect will limit Aiyuk's target share. 3) He only had one year of elite college production. I will try and leave my bias out of this. Aiyuk could grow into a great fantasy asset that shouldn't cost more than an early-mid second round pick. But...you know...Jimmy G. Just draft George Kittle and be done with the 49ers.
Explosive playmaker who will be a fun addition to Minshew Mania. Big, strong and versatile. I love Shenault. In any other class he would be much higher in my rankings than the 10th wide receiver. I am delighted if I can get Shenault in the middle of the second round.which is his current ADP.
Not the best athlete but a phenomenal, instinctive receiver. Edwards excited me as a prospect, his landing spot did not. Given the Raiders already drafted Ruggs and the Quarterback situation is not far off dire, this severely impacts Edwards ceiling. Edwards is a player I will draft in the hope that talent will win out. He holds the receiving record for the University of South Carolina who was used on all three levels to great success.
Peoples-Jones should not have been drafted as late as he was. He would have been a good pick back of the third. It was criminal in the sixth. It appears he has been punished for the lack of production at Michigan and for the fact he isn't the best option on the outsife. All that said he is a monster in the slot and if OBJ does end up being traded in future years, DPJ will end up being a sneaky value pick. The best part about DPJ? He will basically be free. DPJ will cost little to no draft capital and I am more than happy to see him in one of my taxi slots. Don't expect instant starting production however.
I have him much lower than a lot of other rankings I have seen. People love (quite rightly) the Steelers rookie WRs given the franchises history to strike gold at the position.In the case of Claypool, even if he is a talent (worthy of celebration, JuJu Smith Schuster, Dionte Johnson and James Washington all sit comfortably ahead of Claypool on the depth chart.
He is a slot receiver by position, however Bowden is being tipped to be used as a gadget player. Very exciting to watch, though not so exciting for fantasy prospects. You will see him used in Jet Sweeps, as a Zone Read Quarterback and potentially some wildcat plays (please Gruden, please) but it's difficult to predict fantasy value. Will be an asset in deeper leagues due to his prowess as a kick returner.
A former State 100m champion, Duvernay will be fun to watch tearing down the field on a 9 route. But in a run first RPO offense with Hollywood Brown and Mark Andrews, Duvernay will be boom or bust and will struggle to produce consitently for fantasy.
Had a case of the dropsies for Liberty which would have impacted his draft stock. But there is no doubting the talent. Big, strong, elusiv with an innate ability to track the ball. I see Gandy-Golden as a sneaky sleeper who can be picked up late in rookie drafts.
I haven't included write ups for these Wide Receivers. The reality is we are at the point of Rookie Drafts where these players are dart throws. They lack the draft capital and opportunity to be able to predict any relevance. Feel free to contact me with any questions about these late round Rookies. I will also be doing a Rookie Sleeper Article soon.