2015 Fantasy Football: Rookie Wide Receivers

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Tyler Lockett, Seahawks – One of my favorite WRs in this year’s draft who might already be the most talented wide receiver on the Seahawks roster. If Lockett and Russell Wilson can develop an early rapport, then Lockett may end up being Wilson’s go to WR by mid-season. He’s one of the best route runners in the rookie class, fearless over the middle, and dangerous after the catch. Lockett also already has the early lead on the punt returner job if that matters at all in your league.

Kevin White, Bears – A shin splints injury has kept White out of Bears training camp so far, but White has the talent to be an impact weapon for the Bears. Keep an eye on White, if he can get healthy and on the field during the preseason than he is worth a mid-to-late round flyer. If he doesn’t see the field in the preseason, then he is going to be way behind and may not be relevant in fantasy until 2016.

Breshad Perriman, Ravens – The Ravens lost their most talented WR in Torrey Smith, leaving just ancient Steve Smith Jr and some intriguing but unproven options (Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken) at the position. Perriman is by far the most talented WR on the roster but is very raw and struggled with drops in college. I could see him connecting with Flacco on a couple of deep balls this season, but Perriman’s drops issue has already surfaced in OTAs and it could be another year before Perriman makes a serious fantasy impact.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins – Could be the most talented of the Dolphins WRs, but a foot injury has kept Parker out of training camp and it’s unknown when he’ll return. Parker could replace Mike Wallace as the Phins deep threat, but Tannehill has struggled with accuracy on the long ball. Between the injury, a crowded depth chart at WR, and Tannehill’s Cutler-esque deep balls, it could be a disappointing rookie season for Parker.