2013 Top 5 Rookie Fantasy Football Wide Receivers

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMay 7, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Tavon Austin (R) of West Virginia Mountaineers reacts with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Austin was picked #8 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us, it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends look at the 2013 NFL rookie wide receiver class.

1. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams

Austin caught 215 passes over the past two seasons for 2,475 yards and 20 touchdowns. He should hit the ground running, working the slot for the Rams.

He will also be used out of the backfield and in the return game. He will likely be an immediate WR3 in PPR leagues. His speed and versatility should translate to the pro game. Think Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb.

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

Hopkins gives Andre Johnson, on paper anyway, his best running mate to date. He was a beast last year, catching 82 passes for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns.

With opposing defenses focusing on Johnson, Arian Foster and Owen Daniels, Hopkins should have a productive rookie season. I’d consider him a WR4 at best. He’s an attractive option in dynasty leagues.

3. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

Patterson is raw, but he’s a freak athlete. He also doesn’t have a difficult path to playing time. He is explosive when he gets his hands on the football, often resembling a running back.

Patterson will be used a lot like Percy Harvin, touching the ball in the passing, running and return game. He had 778 yards receiving and 308 yards rushing last year. He is likely a WR5 in fantasy leagues. He gets a bump in leagues that reward points for return yardage.

4. Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots

Dobson is expected to start in New England. He easily has the best quarterback of any wide receiver taken in the first three rounds. He was quiet during his four years at Marshall, averaging 599.5 yards per season.

He did scored 12 touchdowns in 2011. He has the makings of a player that is more productive at the NFL level based on his landing spot.

5. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills

Woods took a step back from the 1,292 yard and 15 touchdowns he provided as a sophomore, but he still managed to catch 76 passes for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He is expected to start right away on the outside as Stevie Johnson moves to the slot. Kevin Kolb’s presence at quarterback limits his initial value. Long-term, he has a good chance to grow with fellow rookie E.J. Manuel.

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