Two weeks ago, we broke down the Top 5 Rookie Running Backs for 2012 Fantasy Football.
Now our series continues with a fresh batch of Top 5 fantasy football rookie wide receivers.
1. Michael Floyd (Arizona Cardinals): It’s debatable whether Floyd is more talented than Blackmon, but Michael Floyd finds himself in a better position.
Not only does Blackmon have Blaine Gabbert throwing to him, he also doesn’t have much help outside of MJD. Meanwhile, Floyd, a physical and exceptional polished big-play receiver, gets to learn from Larry Fitzgerald.
2. Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars): The only destination that ultimately would have prevented Blackmon from being the top choice on this list was Jacksonville. The Jaguars feature limited weapons and less-than-impressive quarterback play.
That’s not to say the 6-1, 215-pound wide out who chalked up a whopping 121 receptions for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior can’t overcome the odds and become by far the best from the 2012 rookie wide receiver class.
3. Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans): Wright landed in a solid spot, where he will most likely see decent play from under center between Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck and opponents will often struggle to keep Kendall Wright at bay with the help of Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt and a host of other receivers.
In his senior season, Wright chalked up 108 catches for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. He became a weapon of mass destruction on the outside, in the slot and might have been just as lethal on special teams.
4. Mohamed Sanu (Cincinnati Bengals): A very versatile weapon equipped with exceptional value as a third-round selection, Mohamed Sanu went through his fair share of heartache after he got a prank call that told him he was going to the Bengals with the 27th overall pick. That quickly became water under the bridge when he laughed it off before the end of the three-day festivities.
Sanu should have a shot to step in right away to become a starter opposite second-year receiver A.J. Green in Cincy’s up-and-coming potent offense.
5. Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears): Albeit he has plenty of questions about his size and speed and it could take him time to get acclimated to the NFL, Alshon Jeffery looks to earn a starting gig lining up opposite a solid big-target No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall.
However, Jeffery should progress as the season rolls on and won’t have to deal with poor play from the quarterback position at the next level.