Fantasy Football 2014: Developmental WRs Worth Gambling on This Year

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Fantasy Football 2014: Developmental WRs Worth Gambling on This Year
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Lightning in a bottle is one of the most sought-after things in our fantasy (football) world. As popular as it is to seek, it is even tougher to find. That doesn't keep us from looking, though. They call it fantasy football for a reason, after all.

We break down seven of our favorite developmental wide receivers worth gambling on in fantasy football this year. These guys represent the potential to catch lightning in a bottle, even if that potential looks like a group of bottles full of nothing but empty promises right now.

We leave rookie wide receivers out of the discussion, along with St. Louis Rams second-year man Tavon Austin, who was 2013's first wideout drafted. High-end rookies at the position tend to be overrated and overdrafted in fantasy. Read: Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin. Austin's lackluster rookie season is an example of the potential disappointment you would be reaching for with those guys.

Then, the lower-end rookie receivers tend to need a lot of work and time. Austin still does, too—even if his talent won't allow him to fall to a reasonable round in fantasy drafts this summer.

Yes, you can scream about San Diego's Keenan Allen to us right now, but he is the exception, not the rule, for the kind of value you can gain from a rookie receiver in fantasy.

Instead, we point to the overlooked, underdrafted, second- and third-year receivers who are going to fall in drafts because we saw them last season, and most of what we saw wasn't worth our attention.

That can change for them and us this year. Whether it is health, another year's experience or finally emerging as a starter for the first time, these seven receivers are more worthy of a late-round gamble than dozens of others as the picks wind down on draft day.

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