Fantasy Football 2012: Where Do Rookie Receivers Rank with the Rest?

Breana PittsContributor IIIMay 3, 2012

Fantasy Football 2012: Where Do Rookie Receivers Rank with the Rest?

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    The 2012 NFL draft is barely in the books, but fantasy football players already are projecting the future of the 2012 class. The rookie wide receivers look very promising this year.

    Based on their college statistics and the status of their new teams, we will predict how the rookie wide receivers will perform at the next level.

    Some will have an immediate impact, while others will be a little further down the depth chart.

    Where do the rookie wide receivers rank this year? Here's the breakdown.

5. A.J. Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers

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    2011 Stats

    Receptions: 90

    Yards receiving: 1,276

    Touchdowns: 8

    A.J. Jenkins has sure hands, which allow him to excel in the short passing game. He's also good at getting down the field, especially down the middle.

    However, the 49ers don't need another wide receiver, having just signed Mario Manningham and Randy Moss.

    Jenkins won't get much playing time in 2012.

4. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

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    2011 Stats

    Receptions: 108

    Yards receiving: 1,663

    Touchdowns: 14

    At 5'10" and 190 pounds, durability is an issue for Kendall Wright, who will be sharing the field with wideouts Kenny Britt and Nate Washington.

    The physical and agile receiver has a playmaker's ability, but will be fighting for playing time since the Titans' offensive attack is deep.

    While he might make an impact, it won't be in 2012. 

3. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    2011 Stats

    Receptions: 121

    Yards receiving: 1,522

    Touchdowns: 18

    Justin Blackmon is already the best wide receiver on the Jaguars. The fifth overall pick has the potential to become an elite wide receiver in the league.

    However, Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been inconsistent, which could limit Blackmon's production.

    Still, Blackmon should get at least 45 receptions, 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2012, which would be a great start to his NFL career.

2. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2011 Stats

    Receptions: 115

    Yards Receiving: 1,206

    Touchdowns: 7

    Mohamed Sanu will replace Jerome Simpson as the Bengals' No. 2 receiver. He is the perfect candidate to pair with A.J. Green.

    Sanu has good coordination and body control, and should be an outstanding wide receiver in the NFL.

    Look for him to have at least 40 receptions, 600 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. 

1. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

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    2011 Stats

    Receptions: 100

    Yards receiving: 1,147

    Touchdowns: 9

    The Arizona Cardinals already have a stud wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald, but expect rookie Michael Floyd to jump to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

    Floyd should make an immediate impact.  Even though the Cardinals' quarterback situation isn't the best, Floyd has the ability to excel regardless.

    He can easily get 55 catches, 750 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He is the best rookie wide receiver heading into the 2012 season.