The exploration of the 2015 NFL rookie wide receiver class with my dynasty fantasy eyes continues with my tenth thru eighteenth selections. Many of these players might not have a great year one, so good thing that I am projecting out their first two to four years in the league when I rank them:
10) Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis
Much of his immediate value gets tied into TY Hilton. In dynasty, if Hilton doesn’t re-sign with the Colts, your fantasy team got Andrew Luck’s deep threat for a deep discount. Andre Johnson is not a young man, so even if Hilton stays, there is still room for Dorsett especially in leagues that award return yardage or that have taxi squads that allow you to stash him for a year.
11) Devin Smith, New York Jets
The Jets need someone to go at MACH speed. That certainly isn’t Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker. Smith can be the deep threat as well as work in the flat and/or bubble screens. It might be rough with the quarterback situation in year one, so plan accordingly.
12) Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh
If you have read my site or follow me on Twitter, you know I am a die-hard Steelers fan with their helmet tattooed on my right deltoid. Coates will probably edge out Marcus Wheaton at the end of his rookie contract aka 2016. I’m not sure he is the best fit for the Pittsburgh offense, but Coates could be a major improvement over Wheaton.
13) DeAndre Smelter, San Francisco
The big, physical player has a lot of question marks since he is recovering from an ACL injury, played in a run-based college gimmick offense, and converted from baseball two years ago. He jumped off the screen in every game I watched without many opportunities, so I’m willing to take a shot with his athleticism.
14) Justin Hardy, Atlanta
Outside of being one of the most productive college receivers in the last five years, Hardy ran a slow forty at the Combine and doesn’t have a rugged appearance for his size. The rookie wide out has great hands and runs his routes well. Having Matt Ryan toss him the ball with Julio Jones and Roddy White taking away the tough coverage, should get him plenty of opportunities.
15) Chris Conley, Kansas City
Here is another wide out that suffered under a run-based college offense. Conley adjusts well to the ball in the air using his soft hands well. Kansas City and Andy Reid aren’t known for making multiple passing targets fantasy worthy. He is an excellent run blocker, so he will get more chances to impress than most because the receiver will never leave the field.
16) Kenny Bell, Tampa Bay
This wide out is the best blocker in his class and has a lot of upside despite coming from a run-based Nebraska offense (wow lots of guys like that on this list, huh?). If you don’t mind the big hair and waiting a year for Vincent Jackson to leave, Bell could be a draft day steal.
17) Ty Montgomery, Green Bay
Many fantasy people are questioning GM Ted Thompson’s reasons for selecting Montgomery in the draft. I just see a bigger version of Randall Cobb aka a receiver that looks more like a running back when he has the ball in his hands and can help out in the return game. He is an injury away from playing with a top two quarterback. As late as you can grab him, I’m sold.
18) Stefan Diggs, Minnesota
The oft-injured Maryland prospect fell quite a bit in the draft. This leaves him on a team with Teddy Bridgewater and three receivers that do not cause fear in Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, and Cordarrelle Patterson. Unlike the rest of those receivers, he can play any spot: X, Y, or Z and has something to prove, so why not take a chance?
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