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Dynasty Dominance: Sophomore WR Surprises

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The wide receiver position has become a premium to stock-up on in dynasty leagues. In 2013, we saw several receivers post fantasy points in the thirties and forties. It is hard to say that for the RB’s or even some of the QB’s, so finding the next star at the receiver position

Cordarrelle PattersonThe wide receiver position has become a premium to stock-up on in dynasty leagues. In 2013, we saw several receivers post fantasy points in the thirties and forties. It is hard to say that for the running backs or even some of the quarterbacks, so finding the next star at the receiver position is a pretty important thing. From last season’s rookie class everyone knows the names like Keenan Allen and Cordarrelle Patterson, but there several players that either didn’t see much playing time, or make an impact. For whatever reason, nobody is talking about them. This is the time to try and get them cheap before they emerge as a fantasy force.

Aaron Dobson was one of the top five receivers picked in most 2013 rookie drafts. While many knew of his ability, most drafted him purely on situation, hoping for a future field stretching stud who would be catching touchdown passes from Tom Brady. Dobson definitely showed the ability to play in the league, but he seemed to always have some sort of nagging injury. While he is still highly thought of in dynasty circles, Dobson might be available on the cheap because he failed to achieve the same hype and production as Allen or Patterson.

One guy that flew off rookie drafts last year was Rams Tavon Austin. Many saw a home run threat that could do anything. He also seemed to be one of the top 5-10 selections in most rookie drafts. Austin had a few great games, but for the most part was underutilized and really let some fantasy owners down. The ability obviously there, but it’s the workload that is in question. IF the Rams can figure out how to use him more, he could be fantasy gold. If you believe Tavon can do that, now is the time to get him from an owner frustrated after drafting him last year so high.

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Two players I am really looking to acquire this offseason are Pittsburgh’s Markus Wheaton and Dallas’ Terrance Williams. Wheaton saw very little playing time last season, but he currently sits second on the Steelers depth chart and could begin the youth movement in Pittsburgh along with Antonio Brown. Terrance Williams had a really good rookie season and I expect more goodness in his future. He will continue to improve his route running and give Tony Romo a good target to stretch the field with. With Miles Austin likely leaving town, there is a great opportunity for Williams.

If you are looking for a few lottery tickets, Kenny Stills, Corey Fuller and Ace Sanders could be targets for your dynasty squads. With so many weapons, it is hard to pinpoint Saints wide outs, however Stills is a home run threat that currently sits second on the depth chart. Combine that with Drew Brees chucking the ball, the Saints pass happy offense and Stills seems money to me. Corey Fuller is in a great situation in Detroit. Nate Burleson was released by the Lions, so there will be an opportunity for more playing time and other than Calvin Johnson, I would venture to say it is an open contest to see who will earn playing time. Finally, Ace Sanders was almost cemented as the Jag’s WR3 last season. When Justin Blackmon was suspended mid-season, Sanders stepped up and played very well. With the uncertainty of Blackmon’s future in the NFL as well as Cecil Shorts’ injury concerns, Sanders could be VERY valuable going forward, especially if the Jags finally draft or bring in a decent quarterback.

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