2015 Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Rankings (Part 3)
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For more of my WR rankings click here for Part 1 & Part 2
51.) Devin Funchess, Panthers – I originally had Funchess about twenty spots lower, but with Kelvin Benjamin out for the year with an ACL injury the Panthers have the absolute least talented WR core in the league. Funchess is the best bet to take Benjamin’s role as the go-to guy in the red zone which could result in a solid fantasy season for the rookie. Would you rather bet on Ted Ginn taking over the WR1 gig? No chance. Funchess lacks the speed and quickness to get separation against NFL DBs, but with his size (6’5 | 236) he is pretty much always open. He isn’t close to the physical freak Benjamin is, but has enough talent to be a solid NFL WR.
52.) Brian Quick, Rams – Through the first four games of last season Quick averaged roughly 6 catches, 80 yards, and 1 TD before getting hurt and being shut down before week 8. He has the size (6’3 | 218), speed (4.55) and talent to be a legit WR2/3 in fantasy If both he and Nick Foles can healthy, Quick could be a fantasy stud.
53.) Donte Moncrief, Colts – Has elite physical ability, but the Colts depth chart is deep with talent at the WR position. With the additions of Andre Johnson, Philip Dorsett, and Duran Carter, Moncrief will have to shine in the preseason to earn consistent snaps this year. He has the talent to be an impact fantasy player, but the Colts depth make him a risky pick.
54.) Markus Wheaton, Steelers – Most of the press around the Steelers has focused on 2nd-year WR Martavis Bryant, but 3rd-year receiver Wheaton could be the breakout player in Pittsburgh. Wheaton’s lack of TDs last season (2) kept him under the radar despite 53 catches for 644 yards. QB Ben Roethlisberger is high on Wheaton’s potential and he has a chance to beat out Bryant for the #2 WR job in one of the best offenses in football.
55.) Marques Colston, Saints – Coming off his worst statistical year since 2008 and failed the eye test as well, looking slow and lacking what little explosiveness he once had. Colston should benefit from the loss of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, but he still needs to get open. I’m not sure he can anymore.