If Josh Gordon or Alshon Jeffery ended up on your team’s roster last season, you hit fantasy paydirt and likely made your league’s playoffs. So, which wide receiver will be the Gordon or Jeffery of 2014?
Every year there are players predicted by most to make a jump in fantasy value who then go on to greatly exceed almost everyone's wildest expectations. Players that begin the year as potential bye-week fill-ins suddenly become every-week starters. Gordon and Jeffery did it at the wide receiver position in 2013, while Knowshon Moreno did it at running back. These players single handedly shift the entire fantasy football paradigm during a given year, turning mediocre teams into playoff contenders and playoff contenders into league champions.
With every passing week of the NFL offseason, the big picture of the upcoming year gradually comes into focus. Free agents and coaches continue to find new homes and each new contract adds a wrinkle to the composition of the fantasy world that will in some way impact how next year will play out. Now that we know the landing spots for most fantasy-relevant players, we can begin to dissect and project what 2014 will hold.
Let’s take a look at three wide receivers that may be poised to make the leap from mid-round draft pick to fantasy stardom this coming season. To make this list, a wide receiver must:
1) Not be a rookie,
2) Be a starting receiver on their respective team, and
3) Never have finished a season top ten in fantasy scoring at the WR position.
This is not a list of super-duper deep sleepers. There are no 2013 Zac Stacys on this list. Nor is it a list of former stars who fell off last year (i.e. Roddy White, Percy Harvin, etc.). Each player on this list will get drafted in leagues of all sizes and has a real chance to break into the conversation of “elite, must start” receivers. It is up to you to make the call on draft day—who will shock the fantasy world and win you your league?
Honorable Mentions: Terrance Williams (DAL), Riley Cooper (PHI), Kendall Wright (TEN), Marvin Jones (CIN), Golden Tate (DET), DeAndre Hopkins (HOU), Kenny Stills (NO)