Fantasy: Rookie Draft Landing Spots – Wide Receivers

The dust has settled, we’ve all got some sleep and this weekend is going to see rookie fantasy drafts kicking off across the US and Europe.

With one of the deepest WR classes in the modern history of the game, there seems to be value all over the place if your dynasty team is lacking in the pass catching department.

And here at the Full 10 Yards we’re generous people, and we want to give you every chance to grab that player who is a fixture on your roster for the next 10 years.

So, we’re going to break down the top 10 rookies that landed in good spots this year, some that were drafted in the first round, right through to some late round picks who have a chance to make an impact.


  1. Antonio Gibson – Washington Redskins

With a lot of heads being turned by Twitter darling Antonio Gandy-Golden being drafted by the Redskins in the 4th round, his new teammate Antonio Gibson is going quietly under the radar.

Gibson offered up a showcase at the combine, where he ran a 4.39 40. But those who have watched the Memphis product during his college career will have already been excited about the versatility he brings to Ron Rivera’s new look roster.

During his senior season, Gibson racked up 738yrds receiving, 369yrds rushing and 645yrds as a returner. That multi-position value is perfect for the modern game and will translate well for fantasy players who want to add a flex receiver with big upside.


  1. Quintez Cephus – Detroit Lions

The third overall pick, Jeffrey Okudah, recently named the most difficult opponent he faced in college as Wisconsin’s Quintez Cephus. Coincidently, they’re now teammates in Detroit, where Cephus sits behind Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola on the depth chart.

Naturally, that immediately limits his short-term fantasy value. However, Cephus has a lot of potential in deeper dynasty leagues. With Jones and Amendola free agents at the end of the season, there’s a chance for the Georgia native to learn from three of the most undervalued receivers at the league, polishing his footwork and several other attributes that need work.

But, with an ability to bully his opponents, win contested catches and run aggressively after the catch, the raw ingredients are already in place. Stash Cephus on that taxi squad now, and get ready to promote him when the Lions get rid of Matt Patricia and appoint an offensive mind to get the most out of Matt Stafford before it’s too late.


  1. CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys

Many expected Lamb to the be the first receiver off the board last week, as it happened he fell ever so slightly to the Cowboys.

The immediate reaction of fantasy players was one of disappointment, with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup already on the Cowboys roster, it appears that, at least for now, Lamb won’t be the automatic WR1 in Dallas.

However, that doesn’t mean you should be avoiding the former Sooners’ star, there’s a reason he came touted as the top player in a deep class. Lamb’s YAC threat, separation ability and tendency to pull off the spectacular mean that he shouldn’t be a fantasy benchwarmer for long.  And, with Jerry Jones insisting he take #88, it’s fair to say there’s a bright future in Texas for this young man.

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  1. Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles

Another first round receiver takes the number seven spot. With Carson Wentz throwing to Greg Ward and not a lot else during the Eagles’ late play-off run, it was only natural that the Eagles address the receiver position in this draft.

Step forward TCU’s Jalen Reagor. Reagor brings an array of talents to Philadelphia, acceleration, speed and versatility being the three that immediately jump to mind. He offers a different style of play to established veterans Alshon Jeffrey and Deshaun Jackson, and has every chance of quickly making a fantasy splash immediately due to the injury prone nature of the aforementioned players.

With a current ADP of around 1.12 in SF, 12 team leagues, it seems like the new Eagle is the least being overlooked by those who are looking for the flashier names of the Jeudys and Jeffersons of the world, let’s keep it that way as Reagor looks to be a bargain.


  1. Isaiah Coulter – Houston Texans

There’s already a limited buy now window on Coulter, with lockdown Twitter sharing and re-sharing the Rhode Island star’s highlight reel. It’s not hard to see why, and it’s easy to imagine that in a normal year he may have gone a lot earlier than the 26th pick of the 5th round.

As it stands, it looks like the Texans got a bargain. Coulter is a true wideout in the conventional sense of the word, he’s a prototype X receiver with the ability to get up above his opponents, he has fantastic catch radius and the speed to turn short catches into chunk plays.

If those attributes sound familiar, it’s because the Texans just flipped a player that checked all those boxes as well. Now, Coulter isn’t Hopkins, but he is a receiver with a lot of NFL potential on a team that hasn’t got a natural WR1 on their roster. Grab him whilst you can.


  1. KJ Hamler – Denver Broncos

A quick reminder that this article is looking at best fantasy fits for wideouts, so whilst it doesn’t include Jerry Jeudy, I’m not saying his new teammate is better than him.

KJ Hamler is set to become the AFC West’s latest explosive slot receiver, along with Tyreek Hill and Henry Ruggs, he’s the definition of the NFL’s new need for speed. A natural field stretcher with the speed to separate from his corner, Hamler is also set to benefit from the talent of those around him as he lines up next to Courtland Sutton and fellow rookie Jeudy.

With the two bigger names drawing the opposition’s A & B corners, it feels inevitable that Pat Schurmur will scheme Hamler open time and again, allowing Drew Lock to let rip and showcase his big arm talent. If that isn’t attractive to you as a fantasy owner, then Hamler’s early landing spot as an early 3rd rounder in rookie fantasy drafts should be.


  1. Tyler Johnson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Is there any doubt that Tampa’s offense is loaded ahead of the 2020 season? Fantasy legends Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have been joined by the best QB to ever play the game and one of the targets that allowed him to achieve that status.

If there is one question left after one of the most exciting off-season’s in team history, and I’m not sure there is, it is who takes over from Breshad Perriman as WR3.

Vying for that spot, is 5th round pick, Tyler Johnson, who comes off the back of a 1318yrd, 13td season for the Minnesota Gophers. In my eyes, Johnson isn’t competing for the traditional slot role that is associated with the third receiver on the roster, Chris Godwin was electrifying in that role last year. Instead, Johnson is competing for the position opposite Mike Evans, as a traditional touchline receiver who can beat opponents with his route running ability and strength.

Good news fantasy fans, he can do both. Add to that the likelihood that he’s going to be working against lesser coverage AND Tom Brady is throwing him the ball, and you’ve got a potential steal on your hands.


  1. Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings

Stefon Diggs was targeted 94 times as a Minnesota Viking last season, now he’s freezing in the tundra of Buffalo. The man who the Vikings drafted as Diggs’ successor comes with Championship pedigree, and four touchdowns against the Sooners’ in the playoff semi-final last year.

A pure route runner, with great hands and a ridiculous catch radius, Jefferson is one of the best players in this draft. And, in Minnesota he’s a fantasy addition made in heaven. With no real threat added since their playoff defeat (unless you’re a Tajae Sharpe fan), the LSU standout seems likely to slot right into the target share left by Diggs. And, with Adam Thielan not getting any younger, it feels like he won’t have long to take over as the unquestioned WR1.

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  1. Bryan Edwards – Las Vegas Raiders

I know, I know, Henry Ruggs was the first receiver drafted in the class, but is he honestly what you’d consider a WR1? For me he’s not. But I tell you who does fit the bill, South Carolina standout, Bryan Edwards.

I’ve been raving about Edwards for a few months now, not least because of his 2018 tape against Alabama, where he was arguably the best receiver on a field that contained Ruggs, Jeudy and more of the Alabama production line. A tough, resilient player, Edwards finds space easily with his natural route running ability, before adding significant yards after the catch with his fast acceleration and strong frame.

For fantasy players, it might seem a weird decision to have a 3rd round pick this high, but when his competition for the X-receiver role is Tyrell Williams, it’s not hard to envisage Edwards moving swiftly to WR1/2 on this Raiders team. Grab him in the middle of the 2nd round now, before his value creeps even further up the board.


  1. Denzel Mims – New York Jets

I can almost see the disgust on your face as you’ve spent a few mins scrolling through this to see a New York Jets receiver sat here smiling at you. Well, turn that frown upside down, as Denzel is set to make a splash in the Big Apple.

The Jets had a very good draft, bolstering their offensive line and adding a projected first round talent in Mims in the middle of the 2nd.

You don’t see players of Mims’ build running a 4.38 40 very often, and you see a player with that speed throwing up Randy Moss style catches in the end zone every week even less. Mims is an exciting prospect with all the tools to make it as a team’s lead pass catcher in the NFL, but that’s not what makes him the number one on this list.

He’s number one because of his landing sport, the New York Jets. Not many teams have less talent at wide receiver than the Jets this year, sure Jamison Crowder and Brashad Perriman are ok, but they’re not the sort of players that are going to help Sam Darnold showcase his potential as a QB1 in the league. Mims is that type of player. Go get him now and more importantly, feel good about getting yourself a future stud.

2020 NFL Draft: Bold Predictions

 

Less than 48 hours to go. At the Full 10 Yards we’ve been waiting way too long for this draft, and we imagine you have been as well!

With all the smokescreens and rumours flying around, we thought it’d be fun to throw out some bold predictions for the draft.

  1. Rob Gronkowski to the Bu… Oh

Whilst writing this article, we got a reminder of why the NFL off-season is nearly as entertaining as the real thing – Rob Gronkowski came out of out of retirement and was traded to the Buccs.

Not only does this add another weapon in Tampa for Tom Brady and Bruce Ariens, but it also seemingly adds another interesting veteran to the trade block just before the draft starts in OJ Howard.

But back to the bold predictions, here’s a few from the @Full10Yards crew:

Andy Moore (@Ajmoore21): Only two QBs go in the top 10

It feels almost inevitable after months of speculation that a QB goes 1st overall, then at 3 or 5, then again at 6. But, in recent weeks there has been doubts about the Chargers taking a QB at 6, and now as we enter the week itself, there’s rumours of the Dolphins taking a tackle with their first pick.

It could all be a smokescreen, in fact it most likely is, but how fascinating would it be to see Tua drop down the board a bit, and the scramble amongst unexpectant teams to get a QB they didn’t think they’d have a shot at getting.

On the flip side, if Justin Herbert starts to fall, it’ll be interesting to see where he eventually lands, could the Saints get their future QB without trading any capital to do so? Could Colts come up into the bottom of the first and take him?

Sean Tyler (@seantyleruk): Atlanta Falcons move up to #3 and take the top corner

Most of the mock drafts I’ve seen go Joe Burrow #1 to the Bengals, Chase Young to Washington at #2 and then Jeff Okudah to the Lions. With that in mind, I’m going to mess with that scenario and say the Ohio State corner goes to the Falcons at #3.

Atlanta’s GM, “Trader Thomas” Dimitroff, is no stranger to wheelin’ and dealin’, not least when he handed over a few picks to the Browns to nab Julio Jones at #6 in 2011. With the rumour mills in full grind, there’s growing chatter that Atlanta are considering another big move up from #16 for a defensive star.

They have needs at linebacker and defensive tackle but I’m going corner, to replace recently released Desmond Trufant. CJ Henderson from Florida is getting some traction and maybe a deal with the Cardinals or Jaguars inside the top 10 might be enough. But we’re talking bold predictions here so how about a trade with Detroit, who are apparently listening to offers, for the top CB available?

On the flip side, the price might be too rich and the Falcons aren’t blessed with draft capital (only six selections). But with many teams ahead of them also looking to trade down for more picks, it can’t be ruled out. The Falcons also have ambitions to bounce back after going 7-9 last year so they’ll want players who can contribute right away while the likes of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones – and now Todd Gurley – are still around.

 

James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain): San Francisco do not get any of the top 3 receivers

Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs III have been projected to go to the Jets, Raiders and 49ers at 11, 12 and 13. The 49ers are in a bit of a quandary. They could sort out their need at WR but as it stands, they don’t pick again until the 4th round after their second pick in the 1st round (31).

Surely then, one of the two picks will be traded? And with teams looking to target players I can see the 49ers taking the capital and trading down from either spot.

However, trading down from 13 will almost certainly leave them with no chance of getting one of the previously mentioned receivers. That leaves them with the likes of Justin Jefferson or Donovan Peoples Jones. It won’t be a disaster but it will leave 49ers and fantasy fans somewhat underwhelmed.

There is a possibility that, if the Jets take a tackle, Jeudy gets picked by Raiders and one of the Broncos, Dolphins, Jaguars and Eagles are suddenly in a position to trade up and get Lamb or Ruggs at 13, thus providing the 49ers with good trading partners.

The other option is that they keep pick 13 but replace Buckner with a new DT like Javon Kinlaw, as we saw in the Full10Yards mock draft, but I sense the draft capital they get offered by teams in the QB or tackle hunt may be too much to turn down.

 

Dave Moore (@davieremixed): The Broncos take the best player left at 15

The agreed play is that the Broncos take one of CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy/Henry Ruggs III or a defensive lineman and that makes sense given the need for playmakers opposite Sutton and Fant as well as the Derek Wolfe-sized hole on the line.

But are you telling me that if John Elway has a chance to pick Tua or Herbert if they fall that far that he won’t? Or if Jedrick Wills somehow falls that far in the ensuing chaos he won’t seek to replace the disaster that is Garrett Bolles?

 

There we go then, four predictions that would cause a stir come Thursday night. Tell us what you think will happen at @full10yards.