Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Breakout WRs to Grab Late

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 5, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 23: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #14 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs against the Baltimore Ravens during the preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won 48-17. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With Week 1 of the NFL Season officially underway, fantasy football owners arriving late to the party will be scrambling to find late-round gems that slipped through the cracks in earlier drafts.

By now, all 32 teams have named their starting quarterbacks, and there is a clear-cut No. 1 running back already crowned in most situations, but as is the case every year, there are a handful of teams with at least three receivers capable of being impact players.

While we won't know for certain which WR's will enjoy breakout seasons in 2012, there are a few who appear poised to exceed expectations, and would be worth either taking a flier on in the later rounds of your draft, or if available, claiming off the waiver wire after Week 1.

Here are a few wide receivers who are worth taking a chance on late.


Josh Morgan

As the less heralded of the two wide receivers the Redskins reeled in as free agents, Josh Morgan hasn't garnered much attention since arriving in D.C.

However, with Morgan listed as a starter on the Skins' Week 1 Depth Chart (per The Washington Post), Morgan could be worth picking up as an insurance policy at WR.

He posted just under 700 yards with San Francisco in 2010, and if he develops chemistry with Robert Griffin III, he could be a fantasy diamond in the rough.


Mike Williams

Okay, so it wouldn't be a breakout season for Mike Williams if he were to put up good numbers in 2012, as the third-year wideout posted 11 touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards as a rookie in 2010. 

That being said, after Williams' paltry three touchdown performance in 2011, combined with the addition of Vincent Jackson as the Bucs' top receiver, it would be a heck of a bounce-back season for the former Syracuse University standout.

With Jackson drawing more attention from opposing defenses, Williams may be able to get back to where he was in 2010, but much of that will depend on the play of Josh Freeman.


Justin Blackmon

As ESPN puts it on Justin Blackmon's player card:  

The rookie Blackmon is really the only Jacksonville wide receiver worthy of a fantasy roster spot, but his value is limited because he has the worst starting quarterback in the league in Blaine Gabbert. 

It is tough to argue with any of that, but Blackmon and Gabbert did display a surprising amount of chemistry together during the preseason, and if there's any rookie WR that's got the talent to make a mediocre quarterback look average, it's Blackmon.


Malcom Floyd

With Vincent Jackson, the Chargers' long-time No. 1 receiver, now in Tampa Bay, Malcom Floyd could become Philip Rivers' new favorite target, at least until Robert Meachem seizes control of that role.

Floyd has posted some reasonably impressive numbers as a No. 2 WR in the past, highlighted by an 850-yard performance in just 12 games in 2011.

If Rivers is going to throw for 4,000-plus yards again, someone will have to be catching passes, so Floyd should at least be good for the numbers he posted last season.