Mike Evans Could Be Next Season’s Top Sophomore WR
First, which rookie WR will be selected first in 2015 Fantasy Drafts?
This season’s rookie WR class is arguably the best of all time. This isn’t exactly breaking news and has been written about plenty, especially since Odell Beckham’s ridiculous catch. But how will this impact Fantasy drafts next season?
Sammy Watkins has the ability to be an A.J. Green-type receiver, but he hasn’t put up the statistics thus far to be selected near Green for Fantasy purposes. Watkins has 48 receptions for 684 yards with five TDs despite QB issues and nagging injuries. He could approach Round 3 status entering next season with a strong finish.
Mike Evans has been a complete stud over his last four games, with 24 receptions on 40 targets for 505 yards and six TDs. His overall numbers aren’t too shabby either, with 841 yards and eight TDs over 10 games. He could be a legitimate late second-round pick entering next season, especially with an improved supporting cast. He’s a future monster. In fact, he might already be there.
Kelvin Benjamin is a physical freak and already one of the best red-zone targets in the NFL. With 52 receptions for 768 yards and eight TDs through 11 games, expect at least one owner in every league to make him a priority. He’ll probably be off the board by the end of Round 3 in all formats.
[caption id="attachment_85707" align="alignright" width="300"] Mike Evans is a Fantasy stud and could be picked in the late second round in 2015. Photo Credit: Keith Allison[/caption]
Beckham’s last four games (when he started to appear 100 percent healthy) have resulted in 31 grabs for 503 yards and two TDs. Overall, he has 41 catches for 609 yards and five TDs over seven games and should be off the board by the end of Round 4 in all drafts next season.
Brandin Cooks, who was my personal favorite rookie WR entering the season, could be a PPR monster in his second season with Drew Brees and Co. He caught 53 balls in 10 games before going down with a season-ending thumb injury. He’s only 21 years old and should enter next season at 100 percent health.
Jordan Matthews has thrived lately and should enter next season as a super trendy pick in Chip Kelly’s Fantasy-friendly offense. He’s been an absolute stud since Mark Sanchez took over at QB. His ADP should be around No. 50 in his sophomore campaign.
John Brown, Jarvis Landry, Davante Adams and Martavis Bryant have made significant impacts this season and will also be trendy selections. Even the undrafted Allen Hurns has 31 receptions for 488 yards and five TDs and could open next season as the No. 1 receiver in Jacksonville.
Remember, wide receivers usually breakout in their third year, so Marqise Lee, Cody Latimer, Donte Moncrief and a bunch of other talented wideouts have a chance to join the conversation eventually.
Seriously, this rookie class is ridiculous.
- I love Juwan Thompson as a stretch-run stash option, as he’s one injury to C.J. Anderson away from having the cushiest job in football. He’s available in a ton of leagues and would immediately become a RB2 if given ample opportunities.
- Justin Forsett is in the Top 8 RBs in the majority of scoring systems, behind only studs like Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray, Marshawn Lynch, Le’Veon Bell and Arian Foster. Stop asking me on Twitter if you should start random guys, like LeGarrette Blount, over him! Forsett should start every week, in every league, until he shows signs of slowing down.
- That said, Forsett shouldn’t be relied on as an early-round pick entering next season. This is a one-year anomaly.
- He’s got a brutal schedule and we don’t know if he’ll be durable, but Latavius Murray should have a huge workload for the foreseeable future. He’s only owned in 68 percent of CBS leagues but that number should creep near 100 percent in the next week or so.
- Jordan Cameron is available in some leagues and is a nice addition for the stretch run. Josh Gordon is back to draw defenders away from Cameron, who is still a nice talent at an extremely weak position.
- This might seem crazy, but Colt McCoy could emerge as a Top 20 QB option if he starts for the remainder of the season. Garbage-time points are still points, plus he has decent weapons and Jay Gruden obviously think he sees something. McCoy could even rush for a few scores.
- This isn’t Fantasy related, but how can anyone not love the Seahawks after Marshawn Lynch’s “yeah” responses and the Richard Sherman mock press conference?
- Don’t follow college football? Remember the names Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper. They’re probably the next Jamaal Charles and Julio Jones and will be extremely valuable Fantasy assets in 2015.
- 9. Charles Johnson appears to emerging as a target monster for the Vikings but his situation is bizarre. Johnson was a training camp standout for the Browns, but failed to impress in preseason action and was banished to the practice squad. The Vikings snagged the Grand Valley State product and he’s been targeted 18 times over the last two games. If he emerges as a threat, the Cleveland brass will look awfully silly for letting him go.
- The Vikings, Titans and Patriots are lucky enough to play the Jets during the Fantasy playoffs. If any of these defensive units are available in your league, grab them ASAP.
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