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Julio Jones hopes to make an impact his rookie season.
- From 2000 to 2010, 90 wide receivers have been selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. Of those 90, 59 (65.5 percent) finished in the top 100 fantasy wide receivers that season, and 24 (26.7 percent) finished in the top 50.
- Averages for the 59 players who finished in the top 100 Fantasy wide outs their rookie seasons: 77.77 total points, 14.57 games played, 5.34 points/game.
-The numbers reiterate the increased role of the wide receiver in recent seasons. 2010’s top fantasy WR Dez Bryant scored 7.5 points each game, whereas 2000’s best, Peter Warrick, scored only 6.8. Had Bryant played as many games as Warrick, he would have scored more total fantasy points as well. Furthermore, in 2000, Todd Pinkston was the 97th highest scoring wide receiver with 18.1 total points, but in 2010, 99th ranked fantasy wide receiver, rookie Demaryius Thomas, scored 36.4 points in just 10 games.
- The strength of the team has little impact on a first-year wide receiver’s performance. In fact, of the top rookie Fantasy Football receivers since 2000, only Chris Chambers in 2001 and Percy Harvin in 2009 suited up for playoff teams.