- Ceedee Lamb-WR-Dallas Cowboys
In 2019, Dallas’s slot wide receiver Randall Cobb recorded 828 receiving yards, which was his best figure since 2015. Not only that, but Cobb also cranked out his career-best YPC last year (15.1).
“Cobb is now out the door and Dallas went from a Miata to a Lamborghini Gallardo with the first-round selection of Ceedee Lamb. Lamb is 6’2, he can run every route tree to a premium, and he’s walking into the No. 1 offense from a year ago, with an elite quarterback’s contract year on the line.”
Cowboys head coach, Mike McCarthy recently stated that Lamb can also play all three receiver positions which is more good news for fantasy owners. Not only will Lamb bring more juice and red zone opportunities from the slot, but Lamb also has the versatility to go outside when Cooper takes away attention in the slot.
- Henry Ruggs III-WR-Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs wasn’t taken as the first wide receiver or running back to provide flash plays. Jon Gruden has a plethora of plays lined up for the 4.27, 40 wide receiver out of Alabama.
The great news for fantasy owners is that he’s entering an offense that will feed him the ball with little competition around him. Tyrell Williams led the wide receiver group with 651 receiving yards last season. Ruggs should top that recording in his rookie campaign quickly. Ruggs and Lamb may not be ideal reception magnets, but they are sure to garner huge plays.
This speed demon can take screens the distance, shallow routes for 20-yard chunks, and the Raiders play-action game off top 5 running back Josh Jacobs, will be deadly. Raiders elite tight end Darren Waller has already spoken volumes of Ruggs speed, saying “It’s as advertised, or even faster”.
- Brandon Aiyuk-WR-San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers wide receiver hasn’t had a glamorous spotlight this off-season, but that’s just the way Coach Shanahan likes it. Having the 49ers genius play-caller is half the reason why Aiyuk comes in at No. 3 on the list.
“There is no better coach at maximizing the receiving production out of his playmakers. Period. Josh Gordan led the league in receiving yards under him, Julio Jones led the league in yards under Coach Shanahan, George Kittle broke the tight end receiving yards under him-2019, and that train won’t stop now.”
All Aiyuk did was elude defenders and outrun defenses at Arizona State. This Percy Harvin prototype isn’t only very explosive, he’s 6’1 205.
There should be plenty of great opportunities for Aiyuk in Coach Shanahan’s offense with Emmanuel Sanders gone and New No. 1 wide receiver Deebo Samuel still nursing his injury on the sideline. He must be drafted later on in PPR leagues!
- Jerry Jeudy-WR-Denver Broncos
Jeudy is the classic Alabama wide receiver that’s polished all around and should make an immediate impact. Although I don’t like his upside and situation as much as the recognized rooks above him, Jeudy could easily be a 800+ yard and 6 touchdown wide receiver year one.
Jeudy may not carry the same traits as fellow Alabama receiver, Julio Jones. Although, Jeudy can definitely come in and post similar numbers as Bama products Calvin Ridley and Amari Cooper, who were top 20 as rookies.
Jeudy has an elite combination of speed and size. Jeudy is all deserving of the Broncos defenders calling him a “rare” talent. He’s 6’1 200 and he ran a 4.45 40 at the combine.
The problem for Jeudy, but positive note for the Broncos offense, is that Jeudy sits in a crowded position room. Courtland Sutton is a solid No. 1 wide receiver and the Broncos will have a second-round wide receiver, KJ Hamler to spread the rock to.
Even if the new OC-Pat Shurmer likes to spread defenses out, this won’t be a top-eight offense, putting up 30+ PPG in year two under a young Drew Lock at quarterback. Jeudy will have his shining moments, then his teammates will unmistakably receive their slice of the pie.
- Denzel Mims-WR-New York Jets
I know Adam Gase is a scapegoat for the Jets questionable offense, but I know two things: Gase did a lot with little last year and Sims will be Gase’s “a lot” in 2020. Denzel Mims got snagged by Jets nation on Day 2 of the draft, but he can surpass expectations quickly.
The Jets just flat out don’t have talented wide receivers on the perimeters. Sims is the cream of the top.
“That’s not a terrible outcome for Sims, who’s all of 6’3. Let’s not forget, he just casually ran a blistering 4.38 and 6.66 3-cone (best in the class) at the combine.”
Mim’s profile screams comparisons to DK Metcalf, and that would be a very good model for his production in 2020.
Mims isn’t a huge project player with his size and speed, he had 12 receiving touchdowns as a senior, and over 1,000 receiving yards. He could polish his route running a little, but that’s not a bad weakness in Gase’s offense, where he will be running screens and deep routes all day.