Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers to Watch out for in 2013
Fantasy football in 2012 has come to an end, but it's never too early to start looking ahead to 2013.
If you are a diehard fantasy football player, there is a solid chance you start preparing for the next season just as the current one ends.
Let's take a look at 10 guys you should have on your radar who can potentially break out and play an intricate role in taking you to the fantasy promise land in 2013.
All statistics courtesy of NFL.com.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
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2012 Stats: 50 Receptions, 861 yards, seven touchdowns.
T.Y. Hilton has been a pleasant surprise for the Colts in 2012. His combination of speed and athleticism played an intricate role in helping the development of Andrew Luck, as well as the resurgence of Indianapolis.
It will only get better for the rookie out of Florida International. Look for him to make an even bigger splash in 2013.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
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2012 Stats: 64 receptions, 865 yards, five touchdowns.
It took a few weeks for the first-round draft pick of the Jaguars to get going, but he really showed his potential with his 236-yard performance back in Week 11 in Houston.
Depending on who is throwing to him in 2013, Blackmon could be a dangerous threat in the future.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
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2012 Stats: 50 receptions, 805 yards, five touchdowns.
Taken in the supplemental draft, Josh Gordon quickly made his presence known. With Brandon Weeden developing and the Browns on the rise, Gordon will continue to play a huge role in their offense.
Look for Josh Gordon to reel in at least 1,000 yards in 2013.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington Redskins
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2012 Stats: 38 receptions, 543 yards, three touchdowns.
Leonard Hankerson will be entering his third season in the NFL come 2012. Towards the end of the year, mainly during the Redskins' seven-game winning streak to close out the season, he became more involved in their offense.
I see his role growing even more in 2013 as he and Robert Griffin III will have a full offseason to develop efficient chemistry.
Yes, 543 yards receiving doesn't stand out to the human eye, but I expect that number to double come next season.
Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
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2012 Stats: 55 receptions, 979 yards, seven touchdowns.
Cecil Shorts III is a Division III football standout who went to Mount Union. He came out of nowhere this year to strike the league by surprise. In most PPR leagues, he finished as a top-20 receiver.
If it weren't for the fact that he missed two games due to injury, he would have easily gone for over 1,000 yards in 2012. His season came to an abrupt end in Week 16, but he shouldn't have much of an issue recovering.
He will be another Jaguar to watch out for in 2013.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
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2012 Stats: 37 receptions, 658 yards, seven touchdowns.
Danario Alexander broke out in the second half of the season for the Chargers after missing most of the first half with an injury.
He easily emerged as Philip Rivers' favorite target once he recovered. That won't change in 2013, so make sure you lock in Alexander on your sleeper sheet for next year's fantasy draft.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
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2012 Stats: 64 receptions, 626 yards, four touchdowns.
Robert Griffin III's favorite target at Baylor had a mediocre year in 2012. After a year of experience and hopefully a healthy Jake Locker at quarterback, he should definitely perform at a higher level in 2013.
He will likely be the No. 2 guy on the depth chart in Tennessee at wide receiver with Nate Washington getting older. He will have a chance to make a bigger splash next season. Make sure to keep an eye on him.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
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2012 Stats: 24 receptions, 367 yards, three touchdowns.
Alshon Jeffery's rookie campaign was plagued by injuries, but when healthy, he was able to develop some solid chemistry with Jay Cutler.
Playing alongside Brandon Marshall always helps, as Marshall draws the coverage first, leaving Jeffery to beat the No. 2 corner on the opposing defense.
I know his numbers weren't flashy in 2012, but look for them to rise tremendously in 2013.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions
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2012 Stats: 22 receptions, 310 yards, two touchdowns.
Ryan Broyles only played in 10 games in 2012, but showed much promise as a rookie. I liked him at Oklahoma and love him paired up with Matthew Stafford.
Yes, they have Calvin Johnson, but Broyles can easily beat out Titus Young for the No. 2 guy lining up on the opposite side of Megatron.
Keep an eye on Ryan Broyles' health as the offseason blooms, but he should be on your roster in 2013.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
2012 Stats: 23 receptions, 248 yards, three touchdowns.
Riley Cooper only played in 11 games in 2012, but was hardly healthy at all this year. He made a few highlight reel catches this year and has the size to dominate opposing cornerbacks.
It remains to be seen exactly who will be under center for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, but whoever is back there must develop chemistry with Riley Cooper.
Make sure to keep an eye on Cooper's health as the offseason begins, but I really like No. 14 in 2013.