Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Wide Receivers- Updated: Thursday, May 7th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 25 passing yards, four points per passing touchdown plus one point per 10 rushing/receiving yards and six points per rushing/receiving touchdown) and are for dynasty leagues.
While there may not be three 1,000-yard rookies this season, the position is once again deep as nine receivers were off the board within the top 41 selections this year.
Here are my rookie dynasty rankings for wide receivers from the 2015 NFL Draft:
1(a). Kevin White, Chicago Bears
For me, the choice at the top is so narrow that I've labeled them 1(a) and 1(b) and it's ultimately a win-win for fantasy owners with the choice of either one. Some may label White as a "one-year wonder" after going the JUCO route to begin his collegiate career, but White has a special combination of size (6-3, 215), speed (4.35 forty) and strength. During the draft process, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared White to Atlanta's Julio Jones. Given the Bears' trade of Brandon Marshall this offseason, White should start early, likely Week 1, in his career opposite Alshon Jeffery, who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
1(b). Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Cooper may not be as big or as fast as White, but he's neither small (6-1, 211) nor slow (4.42 forty) and he posted the quickest 20-yard shuttle (3.98) among wideouts at the combine. No receiver is more pro-ready in the rookie class than Cooper, who excels at running routes and possesses good hands. The first Biletnikoff winner in school history, Cooper racked up 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. One of Cooper's best games of the season was against Florida and their highly-touted corner Vernon Hargreaves III with Cooper posting a 10/201/3 line in September.
[Related: Hargreaves is the first corner off the board in my 2016 NFL Mock Draft.]
3. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
With the exception of Jarvis Landry, all of Miami's top pass-catchers are newcomers including first-round rookie DeVante Parker. The 6-foot-3 Parker missed the first seven games of the season with a foot injury, but he closed the season with 43 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns in just six games. Parker gives the Dolphins a true No. 1 wideout.
4. Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans
Off-the-field issues with Green-Beckham led to his dismissal from the Mizzou program and he sat out the entire 2014 season, as required, with his transfer to Oklahoma. While he gets some comparisons to Calvin Johnson, DGB certainly isn't as athletic as Megatron, but he has sub-4.5 speed and tremendous size (6-5, 237). While there are character concerns, Green-Beckham, the No. 1 high school recruit in 2012 (via Rivals.com), has the upside and potential to emerge as the best fantasy receiver out of this draft class.
5. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
Perhaps to the dismay of Eagles fans that had hoped the 20th overall pick was part of a draft-day trade to get Marcus Mariota, Agholor couldn't land in a better situation for his fantasy outlook. While the Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin (6-0, 198, 4.48 forty) in free agency, Agholor (6-0, 198, 4.42 forty) has earned comparisons to the departed receiver. An excellent route runner, Agholor has the ability to play both inside and outside and finished with a 104/1,313/12 stat line last year for USC.
6. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens
Generating plenty of buzz over the past two months highlighted by a pair of sub-4.3's run at the UCF Pro Day, Perriman is the son of ex-NFL receiver Brent Perriman, who has a 1,400-yard season under his belt with the Lions. Much bigger than his father, Perriman (6-1, 212) has had some issues with drops and needs to improve as a route-runner, but he's a big play waiting to happen. Coming off a career-best 50/1,044/9 season, Perriman has averaged more than 20.0 Y/R over the past two seasons and is an excellent fit to replace Torrey Smith as a vertical threat in this offense.
7. Jaelen Strong, Houston Texans
Slipping further than expected, Strong lasted until the third round. While he may not play to his timed speed (4.44), Strong excels in contested situations with good hands and leaping ability (42-inch vertical).
8. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
A hybrid (TE/WR) at Michigan, Funchess has the size (6-4, 232) to excel as a red-zone option for the Panthers. While he doesn't have great hands or speed, the Panthers traded up to get Funchess and it shouldn't be long before he's starting opposite Kelvin Benjamin given the team's relatively weak wide receiver corps.
9. Devin Smith, New York Jets
One of the best vertical receivers in this year's draft class, Smith averaged 28.2 yards per reception and 12 of his 33 receptions went for scores last season. Not only does he have outstanding speed, but he tracks and adjusts to the deep ball as well as any receiver in this class. At least initially, Smith's production could be limited given the team's mediocre quarterback situation, expected run-first philosophy and with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker ahead of him on the depth chart.
10. Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts
Given the team's woes on defense and the talent already on offense, the Colts selecting Dorsett in the first round was a bit of a head-scratcher. That said, newly-signed Andre Johnson is nearing the end of his career and T.Y. Hilton is entering the final year of his rookie contract. If re-signing Hilton turns out to be too cost-prohibitive next offseason, Dorsett's fantasy value will skyrocket as one of Andrew Luck's top targets in 2016 and beyond.
11. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
One of the more versatile wideouts in this year's draft class, Lockett is a tad under 5-foot-10, but he finished the season with 106 catches for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns. Over the final five games of the season, he finished with 57 catches for 833 yards and six touchdowns. Lockett also had six return touchdowns over his K-State career. Lockett's father Kevin was a second-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Chiefs.
12. Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs
From a physical tools standpoint, there is a ton to like about Conley, one of the combine's star performers. With good size (6-2, 213), Conley posted a 4.35 40-yard dash, 45-inch vertical and 12-7 broad jump, all of which were in the top three among receivers. Conley couldn't have landed in a worse spot for his fantasy value, however, as Alex Smith is incapable of taking advantage of Conley's ability to stretch the field.
13. Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers
If only wide receivers weren't required to catch the football ... Without a doubt, Coates is a physical specimen, but NFL Network's Jeremiah sums up Coates perfectly in this tweet: "... TO's body, OBJ's burst and DHB's hands."
14. Rashad Greene, Jacksonville Jaguars
The first Seminole wide receiver to exceed 1,000 receiving yards since Anquan Boldin, Greene isn't a height/weight/speed guy, but he's one of the most pro-ready receivers in this year's draft class and has drawn comparisons to Denver's Emmanuel Sanders.
15. Justin Hardy, Atlanta Falcons
A former walk-on at East Carolina, Hardy is a dependable, productive and consistent wide receiver that could fill the role vacated by Harry Douglas for the Falcons. Hardy closed his collegiate career with three consecutive seasons with 1,100-plus yards and set career highs with 121 catches for 1,494 yards last season.
16. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
17. Darren Waller, Baltimore Ravens
18. DeAndre Smelter, San Francisco 49ers
19. Kenny Bell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Dezmin Lewis, Buffalo Bills
21. Tre McBride, Tennessee Titans
22. Vince Mayle, Cleveland Browns
23. Devante Davis, Philadelphia Eagles
24. Ty Montgomery, Denver Broncos
25. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
More rookie dynasty rankings:
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Quarterback Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Running Back Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Tight End Rankings