Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: Rookie WRs That Should Be On Your Radar

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 2, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 09: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears catches a pass in front of Tony Carter #32 of the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Alshon Jeffery is one of the most promising young receivers in the NFL. He's 6'4", 230 pounds and has great hands and good leaping ability.

From a fantasy standpoint that is attractive because the combination screams red zone target, and that means touchdowns.

Compound that with the fact that his QB Jay Cutler loves big receivers, and I'd say Jeffery is set to have a nice rookie season. You should definitely be looking at him in the seventh or eight round of your draft.

This looks like a nice season for rookie wide receivers. Here are two others that you should target in case the opportunity to draft them presents itself.


Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns

Gordon was selected by the Browns in the supplemental draft and has had very little college football experience. However, that hasn't stopped him from standing out amidst a mediocre Browns' receiving corp.

Gordon is 6'3", 230 pounds, a solid athlete and apparently a fast-learner. He had six catches for 105 yards in the preseason, and I think that is only the beginning.

By the midway point in the season—barring injury of course—Gordon will be the Browns' top receiver.

It's a combination of his talent, and the lack of competition. But either way, it's good for fantasy owners.


Rueben Randle - New York Giants

Randle is one of those guys I was surprised to see on the board in the second round of the NFL draft. He's proving that he has what it takes in the NFL as well.

He pulled in five receptions for 97 yards in the preseason. At 6'2" and 208 pounds, he is a big body with good athleticism.

Per ESPN's fantasy spin, Randle could be gaining on Domenik Hixon for paying time as the third-receiver.

I can see that as I view Randle as having more potential than Hixon. Taking Randle in the late rounds could end up being a steal.


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