The 2014 wide receiver class may be the best we’ve seen in a long time. Five wideouts were taken in the first round in Sammy Watkins (Buffalo), Mike Evans (Tampa Bay), Brandin Cooks (New Orleans, Odell Beckham (New York Giants) and Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina).
While those are the big name guys that everyone knows about, there are plenty of other receiving threats that NFL fans should know about starting this season for fantasy football.
1. Allen Robinson, Jaguars – Drafted in the second round by Jacksonville, the former Penn State wide out is projected to start right out of the gate no matter who plays quarterback. Robinson will instantly provide security to either Chad Henne or rookie Blake Bortles as wide receiver Justin Blackmon doesn’t look like he’ll be back anytime soon. Expect a big time rookie season for Robinson.
2. Marquise Lee, Jaguars – The same for Robinson can be said for Lee. A standout for USC, his stock fell due to injuries in his final college season. He brought in 118 catches for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2012, so the talent is there. Lee will be joining Robinson and incumbent Cecil Shorts as the primary threats at the receiver position for the Jaguars.
3. Jordan Matthews, Eagles – Maybe the Eagles were telling the truth in a way when they said the scheme going forward wouldn’t fit DeSean Jackson, who they released and ultimately signed with the rival Redskins earlier this off-season. Matthews stands 6’3″ and 212 lbs and presents a different game than Jackson. Assuming Jeremy Maclin gets healthy, Matthews’ height and ability to play the jump ball and Maclin’s speed should compliment an already scary offense right away in 2014.
4. Donte Moncrief, Colts – The organization feels they need to get a bit younger at the receiver position, drafting the 6’2″ Ole Miss standout. He caught 59 passes for 938 yards and six touchdowns last season. Moncrief could be the eventual replacement long term for Reggie Wayne, who is 35 and recovering from ACL surgery. He should be a big time factor with his frame and his deceptive speed.
5. Martavis Bryant, Steelers – The Steelers hope that Bryant can be more of Plaxico Burress than Limas Sweed. The Clemson wide receiver played second-fiddle to star Sammy Watkins. Bryant had 42 receptions for 828 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was elated to see the Steelers select the big target. If he develops, the fourth round selection would be a steal.