Heading Into the 2015-16 NFL season, the following rookie Wide Receivers project to have high fantasy value
The NFL has become a passing league with rule changes to increase scoring. In recent NFL drafts we have seen the wide receiver position become the key to team’s ability to rebound after prior disappointing seasons. Today we look at the crop of first round picks from the 2015 NFL draft and seek wide receiver fantasy value for the upcoming season. There were a total of six wide receivers selected out of a possible 32 players in the first round of the 2015 draft.
Round 1 Pick 4 Amari Cooper (Raiders):
Cooper has the most catches of any receiver in college football in 2014 with 124 with 16 going for touchdowns with the Alabama Crimson Tide. He did his damage against good SEC defenses with a first year starting quarterback and offensive coordinator a season ago at Alabama. Oakland second year quarterback Derek Carr showed ability to throw downfield with good accuracy. Question is how dynamic the passing game will be with defensive minded Jack Del Rio as the head coach for the Silver and Black.
Round 1 Pick 7 Kevin White (Bears):
With the West Virginia Mountaineers White had nearly 1500 receiver yards and caught 109 passes a year ago. He has good hands and has breakaway speed when he separates from defenders. If Jay Cutler can get protection from his offensive line White could go for some big gains for Chicago. Fantasy owners will like that he is six foot and three inches tall because that makes him a target near the end zone.
Round 1 Pick 14 DeVante Parker (Dolphins)
There was a first year starting quarterback under center for Louisville a season ago. Parker was unable to suit up for the first seven games in 2014 with a foot injury. In just six games with the Cardinals in 2014 Parker had 855 receiving yards with 43 catches. Parker has tremendous fantasy value at the wide receiver position with his height and length. He certainly will be a red zone target of Ryan Tannehill inside the ten yard line. The problem is the Dolphins are not a dynamic offense to take full advantage of his skills.
Round 1 Pick 20 Nelson Agholor (Eagles)
USC wide receivers tend to be a bit overrated in the NFL draft. The Trojans are usually loaded with weapons in the passing game but once they are asked to move up in class in the NFL they usually sputter. Agholor hopes to break that trend and the rookie wide out is in a place where he can succeed. The Eagles lost their punt returner in Jeremy Maclin over the offseason to the Kansas City Chiefs. Agholor showed versatility in college and was a very good return man. He most likely will line up in the slot position for Philadelphia and can be productive in his new offensive system. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly loves his PAC 12 playmakers and that is a huge plus. There has been heavy turnover at this position for Philadelphia so Agholor will get an opportunity to play and pile up stats in Kelly’s dynamic offense.
Round 1 Pick 26 Breshad Perriman (Ravens):
Perriman a late first round draft pick played with a first year starter a season ago at Central Florida. He has the size and speed that scouts covet. Played in the American Athletic Conference where he didn’t play against the best competition. One of Perriman’s qualities is his ability to make plays in third down situations.
Round 1 Pick 29 Phillip Dorsett (Colts)
Dorsett is fast and produced good times on his pro day. He had a knee injury that forced him in 2013 to miss five games. At only five foot ten inches tall he will not be targeted enough in the red zone or inside the ten yard line to make NFL draft managers happy. Phillip Dorsett will have the privilege of receiving balls from one of the rising stars in the league in quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts are a pass happy offense and with his speed to separate he could make some big plays for his new NFL team to offset the lack of opportunities he may have when the club is near the opponents goal line.
Which NFL 2015 Rookie Wide Receivers to Pick on Fantasy Rosters
1. Nelson Agholor (Eagles)
2. Kevin White (Bears)