Top Three NFL Rookie Wide Receivers for Fantasy Football
It is never too early to be talking about fantasy football in the NFL for the upcoming 2021 regular season. The NFL Draft is way behind us and so is the rest of the offseason roster movements for the most part.
People are always gearing up for fantasy football, even though most drafts aren’t for at least another three months away anyways. The NFL is always a fun business and the schedule release for the 2021 regular season will be on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET.
This 2021 NFL Draft class for the wide receiver position was probably deeper than the 2020 NFL Draft class for some odd reason. The scouts maybe correct about it after all and we will see how it pans out five years from now.
Other than that, who are some of the wide receivers you should be targeting this season in fantasy drafts in the NFL when the time comes?
1. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
This is an easy home run pick. Ja’Marr Chase is going to reunite his chemistry with Joe Burrow. They were both teammates at LSU during the 2019 Nat’l Championship season. Chase is a home run hitter and Burrow loves to throw the deep ball.
Some people think that drafting Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase in fantasy leagues as a combination is going to work big time in the NFL. As long as Burrow can stay healthy, this is going to be a monster pick. Chase maybe drafted in the first two or three rounds depending how the picks are going along.
Ja’Marr Chase could easily be over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He will easily see 85 receptions and that will bode will in points per reception leagues.
This could be a fun offense to watch this season with the serious connection of Ja’Marr Chase catching passes from Joe Burrow. He was also the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Zac Taylor is entering his third season as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.
2. Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
Waddle was the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Jaylen Waddle played at the University of Alabama with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Waddle has explosive speed and will be the new number one wide receiver in Miami’s offense.
He could be a lot like Odell Beckham Jr. was early on his NFL career with the New York Giants by catching slants and taking it to the house for touchdowns.
Jaylen Waddle will possess that same trait and it will be a good thing for them. He is a hard worker and that is what head coach Brian Flores loves to see with in NFL players.
Waddle could have a lot of boom or bust games though in fantasy football this season in the NFL.
3. Kadarius Toney, New York Giants
Toney is going to be most likely the clear cut number two wide receiver for the New York Giants. After trading back from the 11th pick to the 20th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft with the Chicago Bears, New York was still able to improve the wide receiver room.
Kadarius Toney is going to be a game-breaker at the next level. He is also going to be a boom or bust potential at wide receiver week in and week out for quarterback Daniel Jones. Toney will be on the other side of Kenny Golladay.
Head coach Joe Judge loves Kadarius Toney’s breakaway speed. He has the potential to catch screen passes or take slant routes to the end zone. Toney is going to be one of the most surprising wide receiver rookies in the NFL this upcoming regular season.
Other potential rookie wide receivers to target: Devonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles), Rashod Bateman (Baltimore Ravens), and Elijah Moore (New York Jets).
Who do you think will be some of the primary rookie wide receiver targets in some NFL fantasy football drafts this upcoming regular season? Leave a comment below.
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