Fantasy Football 2011: Top 5 Rookie Wide Receivers

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IIAugust 8, 2011

Fantasy Football 2011: Top 5 Rookie Wide Receivers

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    Rookies are always overlooked to some extent during fantasy football drafts.

    These are the five rookie wide receivers I'd draft first.

    These guys probably won't be stud go-to guys right out of the gate, except maybe Green, so keep that in mind with the projections.

    Let me know what you think and who your top five fantasy football rookie wide receivers are.

No. 5: Titus Young, Detroit Lions

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    2011 Projections: 45 REC, 587 YDS, 3 TD

    Detroit will release Bryant Johnson, who was originally slated as the No. 3 receiver.

    Young should take over the third receiver position and provide a nice deep threat for the Lions

No. 4: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

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    2011 Projections: 48 REC, 684 YDS, 4 TD 

    Smith's workload just got bigger with the departure of veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason.

    The only big-name receiver on Baltimore's roster now is Anquan Boldin.

    Smith has the speed to be a respectable deep threat for the Ravens.

No. 3: Greg Little, Cleveland Browns

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    2011 Projections: 58 REC, 740 YDS, 5 TD

    Little seems to be somewhat undervalued going into the 2011 preseason.

    The Browns receiving corps isn't exactly formidable, and he'll probably be their No. 2 receiver at worst by the start of the regular season, not to mention the favorable schedule Browns receivers have.

No. 2: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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    2011 Projections: 57 REC, 780 YDS, 4 TD

    Jones' teammate, Tony Gonzalez, has given the receiver a lot of praise during training camp.

    That's coming from arguably the greatest tight end of all time.

    If Gonzo sees what Jones is capable of, then I'll probably take a chance on him, especially since he'll likely be Matt Ryan's No. 2 receiver behind Roddy White.

No. 1: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2011 Projections: 74 REC, 892 YDS, 6 TD

    Green is reportedly taking the Bengals training camp by storm.

    He could easily be considered Cincinnati's No. 1 receiver right now.

    It's a pretty young receiving squad, with Green, Jerome Simpson and Jordan Shipley likely to see most of the passes thrown their way.

    Green, however, is the biggest and most athletic of the three, and he and Andy Dalton could form a nice duo for the next decade in Cincinnati.